By definition, a vegetable is a plant or part of a plant that is edible. These parts of the plant include roots, leaves, or stems.
Meanwhile, a fruit develops from a flower and bears the seeds of the plant. So, botanically, zucchini is a fruit.
However, in cooking, zucchini is considered a vegetable.
2. Can You Freeze Zucchini Salad?
While it’s possible to freeze this zucchini salad, it’s simply not a good idea.
When you freeze zucchini and thaw it afterwards, it may become watery or mushy. The salad may no longer be delicious and enjoyable.
Because this is a raw salad, we highly recommend you make it fresh from scratch whenever you’re craving it. It doesn’t take much time to make after all.
3. How Long Does Zucchini Salad Last?
Since our zucchini salad contains mainly fresh, uncooked ingredients, it won’t stay fresh for very long. However, it does contain olive oil and lemon juice— the key ingredients to slow down the spoilage process.
Firstly, the fatty oil coats the raw zucchini, creating a barrier to prevent bacteria growth. Secondly, lemon juice is commonly used in pickling— a technique to preserve food.
The presence of fat and acidity creates a strong environment to prolong the shelf life of our salad. We’d also like to recommend storing the salad in an airtight container to minimize the exposure to bacteria.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
So colorful and flavorful, a great addition to any meal.