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Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad

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Dazzling Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad #healthy #glutenfreeAn artful low carb recipe with bold flavor, Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad.

Zesty Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad #healthy #glutenfree
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Salads have the power to be wildly exciting or extremely boring.

When you are trying to follow a low carb diet, salads tend to be the latter. Without the help of nuts, cheese, and croutons, is there hope for salad?

I say yes.

Making Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad #healthy #glutenfree

It’s easy to get tired of the plain lettuce leaf variety. Sometimes you just need to branch out and experiment with other canvases.

Zucchini makes a great salad base because it has a mild and cooling flavor. It’s tender and easy to chop, but can also be sliced with a veggie peeler into long thin ribbons for an elegant touch.

Making Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad

This Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad brings together the feel of fine-dining with the flavors of India.

The dressing is a bright, spicy green chutney that draws its texture from pureed chana dal and it’s color and flavor from cilantro and peppers.

Making Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad

The roasted chana dal also provides a deep nutty essence that boosts the fresh cilantro to the forefront.

Vibrant Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad

The salad itself is a simple mix of zucchini ribbons, sliced mango, and thinly sliced red onion. Once the dressing is added and sweetness of the mango and cool texture of the zucchini offer the perfect balance.

Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad #healthy #glutenfree

Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad is great on its own. Also try it with Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken!

Indian Grilled Chicken #healthy #paleo #glutenfree

Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad #healthy #glutenfree
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Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Light and exotic Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad Recipe with amazing Indian style green sauce. It's low carb and gluten free!
Servings: 4


For the Green Chutney:

  • 1/4 cup chana dal (similar to yellow lentils)
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, seeded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems and all
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Zucchini Salad:

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 large mango
  • 1/2 red onion


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the chana dal on a baking sheet and roast for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Then move the chana dal to the food processor with a 1/4 cup of water and puree until smooth. Add a little extra water if needed.
  • Add the serrano pepper, lime juice, garlic, cilantro sugar and salt. Pulse to break down. Then add the remaining water and puree until smooth. Blend in the sugar and salt and pulse to mix. (Makes about 2 cups.)
  • Using a veggie peeler, slice the zucchinis into long ribbons and place them in a serving bowl. Peel and slice the mango into thin strips. Slice the onion into thin slivers. Top the zucchini with mango and red onion and drizzle with green chutney.


NOTE: Green chutney can be used as a dipping sauce, and is great with chicken and pork.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 123kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 603mg, Potassium: 734mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 985IU, Vitamin C: 55.3mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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49 comments on “Zucchini and Green Chutney Salad”

  1. Can’t wait to add this one to the recipe box!

  2. That’s a guilty free recipe! Fresh and delicious.

  3. Sommer, This salad certainly looks like a lovely piece of art! Gorgeous green chutney :)



  4. That really is incredibly elegant and I can imagine so many fabulous uses for that chutney!

  5. Visual appeal makes or breaks a recipe, and your presentation is mouthwatering!

  6. Beautiful colors and presentation. Shaved zucchini = instant wow factor.

  7. What a beautiful idea for a salad…simply adore this chutney :)

  8. Lovely recipe. I love everything about it and specially the chutney (the Indian in me ;-)) I also had green chana dal when its in season instead of the regular one. Its taste great!

  9. love these slow carb recipes, and owe you a BIG thanks for tipping me off to the 4-hour Body thing, Spicy. so easy to eat healthy these days. (well, except for the cheat days, my favorite day of the week now ;)

  10. I absolutely love the presentation of the zucchini ribbons! This salad is the perfect combination of simple and impressive. High five!

  11. What a stunning recipe…this looks like it is fit for a queen’s garden party! As always, I love reading your posts. They always make me smile…and they make me want to get into my kitchen! Thank you for sharing all that you do. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  12. Glad to be back on your lovely blog, Sommer. Love the refreshing spread and the Zucchini salad. the chutney is a staple at my home, I eat it with my Indian flat breads and rice recipes.

  13. Sommer – what a beautiful salad, and I love the dressing – would never think to use chana dal in the chutney.

  14. Gorgeous salad! I just happen to have all of the ingredients, too! Never can get enough zucchini in the springtime.

    Congrats on the buzz!

  15. Beautiful. The ribbons are really elegant and that chutney is so bright and lovely in every sense. Great job creating a healthy salad that is still flavorful and craveable.

  16. This just looks so pretty! I love all the green in your pictures – they look amazing!

  17. Hey Sommer, if this is diet friendly then sign me up;-) Beautiful salad!

  18. love the mango ribbons sommer, stunning salad!!


  19. I’ve got some lovely fresh zucchini that I picked up from the farmer’s market just yesterday. This looks like a perfect summery way to really highlight them. YUM!

  20. I know I can always learn something new on your posts! Never heard of chana dal or a slow carb diet! The salad is far from boring in your combination of flavors and the presentation! I like the mango ribbons. I’m assuming you need to choose a mango at the perfect ripeness to slice it so beautfiully?

  21. Beautiful presentation! I like the idea of dressing it with a green chutney.

  22. Mmm, love this one, Sommer. I get in such a rut with salads…lettuce, tomato, peppers…BORING! This is anythign but!

  23. This looks so refreshing and full of flavors..
    the perfect summer dish

  24. What a pretty and fresh summer salad!

  25. This looks gorgeous and very nutritious too. I love your India-inspired recipes – there’s always something new I pick up from them. Chana dal in green chutney – must try that soon!

  26. You made zucchini look cool :)
    Perfect salad alternative, you are right, lettuce can get boring after a while!

  27. The vibrant colors are so alluring, I wonder if I could use this to toss into some pasta?

  28. This is wonderfully perfect for summer. So pretty too. I love the mango addition and the green chutney sounds excellent. Cant wait to make for a light dinner next week, maybe with some fish.

  29. Wow. Really beautiful salad. I will investigate this Chana dal some more. We always have so much zuchinni in our garden I’m grateful for another idea. Do you have a book to recommend for a slow carb diet?

  30. Mmm, zucchini makes great noodles!

  31. That is a beautiful salad!! I am loving that chutney… serrano, lime, garlic!! mmmm!

  32. This is a stunning salad, Sommer. I don’t know anything about the slow carb diet, but I’d be all for this even not on a diet, with or without mango. At first I thought the onion was shaved radish, which would also be wonderful, no?

  33. Where do you find your ingredients for some of the Indian food you mention (like the Chana Dal here)? Want to try out some of your recipes but not sure where the find some of the specialty stuff in Asheville.

    Thanks, love your blog!

    • Hi Lydia,

      In Asheville, you can buy Chana Dal at Green Life or Foreign Affairs (on Tunnel Rd).

      Those outside of Asheville, I’d look in a large grocery store with a good “international” section. But you can find it in just about any foreign foods market. Chana Dal has a really nice nutty quality when roasted.

  34. What’s kinda crazy is, you can make so many cool and healthy dips, condiments, or salsas that kids love, and yet we teach them to coat everything in ketchup or cheese whizz …

  35. I love the word “chutney.” Like salsa or adobo, it can mean anything you want it to mean. Hot or mild, wet or dry, chunky or smooth, pickled or fresh or roasted …

  36. This is a Wonderful and Appetizing salad… ! A very new combo of ingredients, i never tried zucchini raw and add channa dal to coriander chutney, used to add it to coconut chutney. Now i am really inspired to try this recipe of yours, sounds so good. Happy blooging, take care, sonia !

  37. What a beautiful salad, Sommer! I’d say you accomplished making a salad that is far from boring. I’d love if you’d consider sharing this in the online Get Grillin’ & summer bbq event I’m hosting (it’s side dish week).

  38. looks wonderfully delicious and colourful

  39. what a gorgeous presentation and salad!

  40. Beautifully persented, fanr=tastic flavors. Wonderful in every way Sommer :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  41. Oh, this is a stunning salad…so beautiful! I’m glad you’re naughty…I love the addition of mango :)

  42. oohhh.. that chutney looks awesome! I had no idea that there was dal in it.

  43. Such a beautiful salad! And I’ll be needing some zucchini recipes soon when they start piling up in the garden.

  44. I love learning new things! Chana Dal. something new to accompany zucchini is always welcomed at my house.

  45. Loving this salad – what a great, fresh, summer salad idea!

  46. Yum! That just looks so fresh and delicious!

  47. What a gorgeous salad! And I’ve never heard of Chana Dal either. Thanks for sharing!