Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Restaurant (Re)creation: Jackson Fillmore's Zucchini Carpaccio

This recipe is loosely based on an iconic salad from a little San Francisco trattoria called Jackson Fillmore.  It is one of those dishes that always stays on the menu- and for good reason.  It's simply divine.  My (re)creation is a bit different, but the essence and simplicity of the salad remain.  For my version of the dish, I used a combination of zucchini and summer squash and used a vegetable peeler to create the thin ribbons.  I also opted for toasted pine nuts instead of almonds and garnished the salad with a few leaves of fresh torn basil.  The best part about this dish is, there is no cooking involved (other than toasting the pine nuts).  You can either serve this salad warmed in a skillet or you can serve it cold and straight from the bowl.  It's a perfect addition to a lazy weeknight meal.

Serves 3-4


  • 2-3 zucchini or summer squash
  • Slice of lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Shaved Pecorino
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts (or almonds)
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, torn


-Wash and dry the zucchini and squash.
-Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin ribbons of the vegetables into a medium bowl.
-Squeeze a small amount of lemon over the vegetable ribbons and drizzle with olive oil.
-Season the salad with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with thick slices of Pecorino.
-Garnish with torn basil and serve immediately.

And if you're a purist, here is the original recipe from Jackson Fillmore (in video form):

~Video courtesy of Jackson Fillmore~

Jackson Fillmore
2606 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 346-5288

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