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My love affair with zucchini continues. Last year, I too made a Zucchini Carpaccio and a Zucchini Linguine AND during last year’s vacation in Greece, I even surprised my friends and relatives with this refreshing salad.
Although zucchini is a much enjoyed vegetable in Greece, Greeks aren’t the keenest on rare meats, seafood or certain vegetables like…zucchini. Conventional Greek cooking calls for them to be cooked.
Much to my surprise (and theirs), they enjoyed “raw” zucchini. Surprise your guests with a zucchini salad (or carpaccio).
Here, I’ve gone with the more rustic approach and I’ve sliced ribbons of zucchini with a vegetable peeler. Some of you might have seen Jamie Oliver make his own zucchini salad in his latest series, Jamie At Home. He’s not the first nor the last one to make a salad of raw zucchini.
Herb-wise, I’m using what’s available in my garden – chives and the new addition of lemon thyme. Play around and make this salad your way. Add some summer squash for colour, try different herbs, flavoured vinegars, add some berries. You’ll add another salad to your roster and impress the heck out of your guests with little effort at all!
Salad of Zucchini Ribbons
2 green zucchinis
juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1 fresh chilli, finely chopped
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt
2 tsp. chopped fresh lemon thyme
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- Using a vegetable peeler, slice your zucchini lengthwise to make long, thin ribbons of zucchini and drop them in a bowl.
- Just minutes from when you’re ready to serve your meal, add the lemon zest and a good sprinkle of coarse sea salt and allow the citrus and salt to “marinate” the zucchini for about 5 minutes.
- Add approx. 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil, your chilli and chopped fresh herbs and toss to coat. Adjust salad according to your tastes with salt, lemon juice or olive oil.
- Serve immediately.
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