Shaved Veggies with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Shaved veggie salad with citrus basil dressing

There is never a wrong time of year to enjoy a light, crisp dish comprised of fresh veggies and a light vinaigrette. Originally this Shaved Veggies with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette was made in the early spring when I was on a mission to make a versatile vinaigrette to have on salads, pasta, as a marinade, and so on. We tested so many combinations but punch of flavor that the lemon and limes were providing proved to be exactly what we wanted, with some extra help of course!

Shaved veggie salad with citrus basil dressing

Shaved Veggies with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people


Citrus Basil Vinaigrette

  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ cup basil finely chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Shaved Salad

  • 1 zucchini peeled
  • ½ cup green cabbage chopped
  • ½ carrot peeled
  • ½ english cucumber peeled
  • ¼ cup basil finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • ½ cup feta
  • 1 cup corn


  • In a small jar or bowl mix all Citrus Basil Vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside
  • Peel zucchini, carrots, and cucumbers into a medium size bowl
  • On a chopping board, chop green cabbage, basil, and parsley and add to the bowl with the other veggies
  • Drain and rinse corn, add to bowl with veggies
  • Toss in feta, and spoon in desired amount of vinaigrette and toss before serving
Veggies in a wooden bowl with citrus basil dressing

How to use the dressing

This Citrus Basil Vinaigrette is so versatile, but out favorite go-to is to add it to these Shaved Veggies. Many people forget just how delicious raw veggies can be. Shaving them thinly is the perfect way to keep the crisp taste the vegetable already has while making it easier to eat. People generally think they need to slice zucchini and then saute them, not here! Save the time over a stove and just get a peeler out and peel away, same goes for the carrot and English cucumber. Why an English cucumber you ask? They are seedless and won’t be as loosely filled with water as the traditional muncher cucumbers you see in the store. If you can’t get your hands on an English cucumber the regular ones will do but you may way to stop when you hit the core so you don’t get all the water and seeds.

This vinaigrette can store for up to 2 weeks in a container in the fridge. We love these 8oz Ball Jars to store any type of dressing or marinade in. Typically we make this vinaigrette as use for a salad, then marinate some chicken in the vinaigrette for 30 minutes to an hour. We have have also used this Citrus Basil Vinaigrette to dress a cold pasta salad in the summer. The crisp fresh flavor will give your endless inspiration on what to use it for next!

Citrus Basil dressing with a shaved veggie salad in a wooden bowl

Like our Shaved Veggies with Citrus Basil Vinaigrette? You’ll love our Strawberry Summer Salad or Simple Thai Salmon Salad.

From our kitchen to yours cheers!

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