Lemon and Dill Zested Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Ribbon Salad
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD
Total Time: 5 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 4 (3/4 cup each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

95 calories
1g fat
18g carbs
6g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 (3/4 cup each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 387mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 6g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 486mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

You can whip up this lemon and dill zested zucchini salad in minutes and get 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving—that's pretty impressive for a side!

Hearty, low-calorie vegetables offer you a big plus: they bulk up the serving size of your meal as well as one of the most important parts of your recipe's nutrition profile: fiber. Getting more fiber in your diet is key to heart-health, a smoothly-functioning digestive system, and even weight maintenance.

Fiber-rich and plant-based protein foods fill you up with smaller portions and help control your calorie intake. If you experience heartburn, controlling your weight is an important aspect of managing the condition.


  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Chill before serving.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

The black beans offer a pop of color to the white zucchini and peas, but if you prefer other varieties or have something else on hand, feel free to use that. For example, Cannellini beans would also work well here. Most legumes are comparable in their nutrition facts.

Don't be fooled by the lemon zest in this recipe. Although citrus fruit is a known heartburn trigger, using the zest adds citrusy flavor without causing reflux. You can also try orange zest instead of lemon.

Cooking and Serving Tips

You can get nice zucchini ribbons using a vegetable peeler. If you own one, using a spiralizer is an easier way to form them. Most come with a knife attachment that can easily form curly ribbons.

This salad would pair well with a meat-based dish like a chicken roll-up or juicy turkey burger.

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By Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD
Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD is a registered dietitian with a master's in clinical nutrition. She focuses her efforts on digital health communication.