Zucchini and Pecorino Salad with Truffle Oil

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Author Notes: I discovered this delicious, simple salad in Florence last summer. In true Italian style, it has a minimum of ingredients with a focus on quality. In this case, peak season zucchini is paired with a nutty, mildly piquant Pecorino cheese and dressed with a high quality extra-virgin olive oil and white truffle oil. The olive oil will bind the salad, while the truffle oil will seve as garnish. This is also economically efficient, as truffle oil is pricey - it's only added as the final flourish. - TasteFoodTasteFood

Food52 Review: TasteFood's Zucchini and Pecorino Salad with Truffle Oil is a truly special dish. So quick to prepare, with such elegant results. The tender zucchini is a great match with the tart pecorino and luscious truffle oil. This dish tastes like fine restaurant fare.. - mariaraynalThe Editors

Serves 4-6 as a side dish or salad

  • 4 medium-sized zucchini, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/3 cup shaved Pecorino Toscano or Pecorino Sardo cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons white truffle oil
  1. Trim ends of zucchini. Peel the zucchini with a vegetable peeler lengthwise in long ribbons, rotating to peel evenly, stopping when you see the seeds. Discard core.
  2. Place zucchini ribbons in a medium-sized bowl. Add olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
  3. Arrange a mound on individual salad plates. Sprinkle with Pecorino shavings. Drizzle with a teaspoon of truffle oil. Serve with extra pepper. Serve immediately.
  4. Note: As soon as the zucchini is salted it will begin to sweat, so prepare immediately before serving.

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over 4 years ago bwf17

I made this on Saturday and what a hit and I loved it too.....two of my guests said I smell truffle oil. It was just perfect. TY for sharing.


almost 5 years ago Table9

I am obsessed with raw zucchini! I look forward to using your recipe soon.


about 5 years ago TasteFood

Thank you for the review mariaraynal - I am so happy you liked it!


about 5 years ago cheese1227

Made this last night for a collective dinner party and it was one of the easiest crowd pleases I've ever made. And it was extremely portable as I just "peeled" the zucchini and pecorina before we left for the party and assembled it in 1 minute flat just before serving it.


about 5 years ago TasteFood

I am so happy you liked it!


about 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Did you have this at a place called Trattoria Quattro Leoni? They make this, and it's delicious!


about 5 years ago TasteFood

No, it wasn't there. The name of the restaurant escapes me, but it was on the other side of the river, although the recipe is surely similar and, as you say, delicious!


about 5 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Mmmm, yum. My kind of food!! ;o)