Keto Zucchini Recipe - Zucchini Carpaccio, with thinly sliced fresh zucchini, goat cheese, olive oil, and vinegar is a delicious starter, appetizer, or side dish salad. Amazingly simple and tasty, this low carb and keto-friendly zucchini recipe is always a huge hit when served.
Easy Zucchini Recipe (Keto and Low Carb)
What is Carpaccio?
Carpaccio is traditionally an Italian appetizer made with thinly sliced raw meat or fish such as beef, salmon, veal, tuna, and venison. Lemon juice and olive oil are typically drizzled over the meat, then capers, onions, and herbs are placed on top.
A recent trend using vegetables in place of meat, and a variety of kinds of vinegar, herbs, and cheeses used in the dish has become quite common. Even though the term Carpaccio still technically means a raw meat appetizer - most people use the term interchangeably even with vegetables. Like me - zucchini carpaccio.
By the way, this dish originated in Venice Italy at Harry's Bar in the '50s. My husband and I were lucky enough to actually eat at Harry's Bar once. Venice is extra special to us as we were married there! 🙂
How Do You Pronounce Carpaccio?
Carpaccio is pronounced "car-PAH-chee-oh". The two cc's are pronounced "chee" like cheese.
Instead of using raw meat, zucchini carpaccio is made with thinly sliced of raw zucchini. Instead of the traditional lemon juice, balsamic vinegar is used. my recipe dish is topped with olive oil, goat cheese, and thyme - but you can't make so many different variations!
A variety of vinegars can be used, I especially love a berry or fruity balsamic vinegar. I have found these to be sweeter than regular balsamic so be careful if you are following a sugar-free or ketogenic diet. The recipe below uses balsamic vinegar.
Easy Zucchini Recipes Keto and Low Carb
I'm always searching for easy zucchini recipes (keto and low carb friendly). This is partially so I can use up all the zucchini coming out of my garden during the summer, but also because zucchini is one of my family's favorite vegetable year-around! Here are 2 more easy zucchini recipes (these happen to be Mexican inspired)...
A Low Carb and Keto Recipe
With 18.2 g of fat, 4.3 g of protein, and 1.7 g net carbs low carb zucchini carpaccio is a perfect low carb and keto recipe keto. You can easily change up this recipe to your tastes. Play with cheeses, herbs, and vinegars. I have a very good pear balsamic vinegar that I use every now and then that is fabulous! You can even add toasted nuts if you like!
Want another delicious and easy salad recipe? Check out this low carb and keto recipe Layered Salad, (HERE)
Ingredients and Tools
Here are the ingredients that you will need to make Zucchini Carpaccio. I also made some suggestions for some possible substitutions. This really is a recipe that is easily adaptable.
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar (or other berry or fruity balsamic, lemon juice)
- goat cheese (feta cheese works well too)
- thyme (or another favorite herb)
- kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
- optional: toasted nuts (pine nuts, sunflower seeds, etc)
- Mandoline (for perfect slices every time!) HERE
- Super cute farmhouse platters to serve your zucchini carpaccio on! HERE
Simple and delicious! Here's how you make this easy zucchini recipe:
Prep and Assemble Ingredients
There actually isn't too much prep here - just slice zucchini thinly. I use a mandoline -it's much easier and the slices are consistent! Crumble your goat cheese.
This recipe was inspired by all of the thyme in my garden, and I had some goat cheese expiring soon - so I went with that combination! Toasted nuts like pine nuts are really good. The nuts also add fat which is perfect if you're following a keto diet.
Lay out your zucchini slices in a circular pattern or rows (notice that mine aren't necessarily in any pattern! LOL). Slightly overlap each slice, making sure to not crowd the zucchini slices too closely. The goal is to try and get tasty bites of olive oil, vinegar, cheese, and thyme most of the time.
Crumble the goat cheese over the top, over as many pieces as possible. Sprinkle thyme.
Drizzle With Olive Oil and Vinegar
Mix olive oil and vinegar together and drizzle over the top, or you can do it separately as I did. It doesn't really matter.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Allow flavors to blend - let the dish sit at room temperature at least 15-20 minutes before serving.
Enjoy this super easy zucchini recipe!
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- Layered Overnight Salad
- Low Carb Zucchini Casserole with Cheese
- Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats
- Traditional French Onion Soup Recipe
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- Homemade French Onion Soup Recipe
- French Country Skillet Chicken Dinner
Keto and low carb zucchini carpaccio is the perfect easy side dish or appetizer! It's simple and quick to make and everyone gobbles it up. While delicious year-round, this is a great summer recipe that uses up all that zucchini! A healthy recipe that you won't know is healthy. Olive oil and cheese add fat needed for the ketogenic diet. Adapt this recipe with toasted nuts, different cheeses, kinds of vinegar, or herbs! #keto #lowcarb #zucchini #goatcheese #appetizer #sidedish #italian