Summer Salad

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Author Notes: I made this salad out of leftovers from an anniversary dinner. It was one of the best lunches I ate all summer! It tastes incredibly fresh and has a fantastic combination of complimentary flavors and textures. HMMessinger

Serves 4

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly torn
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • lemon pepper
  • olive oil
  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds and grill with salt, pepper and olive oil.
  2. While zucchini is cooling, make balsamic syrup by simmering (do NOT boil) vinegar and honey until reduced by half. Cool syrup before using.
  3. Toss tomatoes with basil, plus olive oil and lemon pepper to taste. Place tomatoes on top of zucchini. Top with crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic syrup. Enjoy!

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about 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Mmm, this would fall right into the category of 'things I would like to live off of all summer.'


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is a wonderful summer salad. I agree eating this with a hunk of fresh bread is perfect. Very nice!


about 4 years ago HMMessinger

Thank you, thank you! My sweet boyfriend took me to the night market at the Farmers' Market for our anniversary and we picked out local zucchini, tomatoes and cheese together. It's hard to go wrong with such good ingredients!


about 4 years ago lorigoldsby

Yes! love the honey!


about 4 years ago HMMessinger

Thanks! Raw honey is the easiest thing to make syrup out of and it tastes SO good with the tart kick from the vinegar.


about 4 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Yum, with some toasted crispy bread. Love the honey!


about 4 years ago HMMessinger

Yep, that's exactly how I ate it- with a big hunk of buttered bread from Provence Bakery (in Nashville) and homemade mint soda. A summertime dream :)