Halle Berry’s Delicious Mother’s Day Dish: Zucchini Carpaccio

05/12/2014 at 05:52 PM ET

Halle Berry's Zucchini Carpaccio
Courtesy Fig & Olive

Looks like Halle Berry is starting a Mother’s Day tradition: Brunch in West Hollywood.

For the second year in a row, the actress and her family — husband Oliver Martinez, daughter Nahla and son Maceo — visited Fig & Olive Melrose Place for a French Riviera-inspired Mother’s Day meal.

The family’s brunch included crab eggs Benedict, truffle mushroom croquettes and zucchini carpaccio, a vegetarian dish featuring lemon, olive oil, toasted pine nuts and a dusting of shaved Parmesan over ultra-thin pieces of the summer squash, which is just coming into season.

Below, executive chef Pascal Lorange shares the recipe with PEOPLE. The simple (two steps!) and healthy (123 calories!) dish makes it okay to go for that second croissant — or, if you’re at Berry’s table, a whole smorgasbord of desserts, including a chocolate pot de crème, a chocolate soufflé and an apple tart. How sweet!

Zucchini Carpaccio
Serves 6-8

1 lb. zucchini, sliced paper-thin (use a mandolin or vegetable peeler)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 tbsp. shaved Parmigiano Reggiano
4 tbsp. toasted pine nuts

1. Arrange the zucchini slices, slightly overlapping, on a large, flat platter. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Just before serving, in a small bowl, whisk the olive oil and lemon juice. Drizzle the dressing over the zucchini, season the dish with salt and pepper, scatter the cheese and the pine nuts on top, and serve.

—Brooke Showell

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charlotte on

Misleading title. It is NOT Halle Berry’s dish! Glad the chef shared the recipe, but Halle certainly shouldn’t get any credit.

Can you tell i am not a fan of hers?

jaany b on


Sandra on

@Charlotte…Yeah and its kinda sad. Not the fan of hers part, just the fact that you would knowingly add more venom to an already overloaded internet world.

Kiki on

@Charlotte- Trust me, Halle did not ask anyone to give her credit for this recipe. No one cares if you are a fan.

PG on

Hardly HER signature dish since someone else has to make it for her….

charlotte on

@ Sandra – i would hardly call my comment venomous
@ Kiki – i don’t recall asking if anyone CARED if i was a fan

@ PG – seems to me you are the only one who gets what i was trying to point out and that is that People mag certainly fooled me into reading the article with their title. while i am not a halle fan, i am a foodie which is why i clicked on the article to begin with.

sorry that this concept escapes Sandra and Kiki who chose only to comment on my comments and not the article. TROLLS

guest on

halle berry says you dont see her or her kids on he net, that is because nobody is interested in halle berry because halle has made such a mess an fool of her stupid self and her stupid life, nobody wants to be bothered with that fool halle berry so twist it around hale its not thE bill THAT GOT PAST BECAUSE OF JENNIFER AFFLECK its your nasty stupid ugly attitude and its that violent olivier martinez and the way you manipulate olivier and gabriel to try to get full custody of nahla you stiink

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