Fresh Zucchini Salad

Fresh Zucchini Salad is a great way to take advantage of late, fresh summer produce.  It is very simple -just a few simple ingredients that let all the basic flavours shine.

I am always looking for light, satisfying sides and this one fit the bill.  Use the freshest ingredients possible to for best results.

One of the things I noticed travelling in France and Italy is the many of the best dishes and recipes use only a few basic ingredients but each one is a perfect example of their kind.

One of the best salads I ever had was a simple salad of baby arugula with shaved parmesan drizzled with olive oil and some black pepper.  Maybe the open air restaraunt square in Nice had something to do with it but it was delicious!

European lettuce is typically softer and more flavourful than our North American.  I am not sure why – is ours mass produced?  I think European lettuce is usually what we call butter lettuce. In any case I find butter letttuce or organic baby greens in North America are closest to European lettuce.

All this to say – this Fresh Zucchini Salad was inspired by the simplicity of European salads!  Fresh zucchini in season, tomatoes in season, toasted pine nuts all shine in this. The dressing is just oil and vinegar with some fresh garlic.  And… you won’t believe how a bit of salt and pepper once it is served brings out all the best in the ingredients!

Enjoy!

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Fresh Zucchini Salad
Fresh Zucchini Salad
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Fresh Zucchini Salad
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Rating: 0
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Instructions
  1. Toast pine nuts in a dry frying pan over medium high heat til golden brown (about 7 minutes). Stir occasionally and watch they don't burn.
  2. Slice zucchini into thin strips with a mandolin or vegetable peeler. I cut the stips lengthwise into 3rds.
  3. Slice grape tomatoes vertically and thinly.
  4. Mix dressing ingredients and shake well.
  5. Pour dressing over zucchini and tomato slices and top with pine nuts and shaved parmesan. Allow each diner to salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Zucchini Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 7%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Fresh Zucchini Salad is a great way to take advantage of fresh summer produce.  It is very simple -just a few simple ingredients that let all the basic flavours shine.

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