Zuccaghetti

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Author Notes: Like pasta, zucchini is a great carrier of other flavors and sauces. I recently got a julienne gizmo that is like a peeler but makes tiny little threads of zucchini, carrots, cukes or wherever you apply it. A mandoline or benringer with a julienne blade also works(but not as safe for fingers or as much fun to use). I make this recipe all summer long with a variety of dressings, but this is one of my favorites. It is healthy and light; a great side dish or a light lunch. - dymnynodymnyno

Food52 Review: Zucchini and summer squash, if sliced thinly enough, resemble spaghetti -- or, zuccaghetti! -- and make for a tender, refreshing salad. The notion of zucchini spaghetti has popped up here and there over the past couple of years. Sometimes the strands are dressed with oil and chilies, sometimes with a vinaigrette and herbs. Here dymnyno enrobes the thin, dewy zucchini in a tarragon vinaigrette rounded out with cream (add it to taste). This is a salad that gets even better with a little sitting. Dymnyno has you rinse the zucchini after salting -- we found that you can skip the rinsing. But don't skip the eating! - A&M
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Serves 6

  • 8 small zucchini (about 2 lbs)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs tarragon leaves
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup cream(1/2 &1/2)
  • 3 tbs chives, minced
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. Julienne the zucchini, place in a colander, sprinkle with the salt and drain for 1/2 hour. Then, rinse , and squeeze and towel out the excess moisture. A salad spinner can work.
  2. In a blender, put the olive oil, lemon juice, tarragon leaves and cream.
  3. Blend until creamy and all the ingredients are fully incorporated into a creamy dressing.
  4. Toss the zucchini with the sauce (amount determined by taste).
  5. Sprinkle with the chopped chives. Grind pepper over mixture to taste.

Tags: Healthy, light, lunch, quick, raw, Salads, savory, seasonal, Side Dishes, Summer, wheat-free

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about 1 year ago Ceege

Could this be made in the morning for an evening presentation?

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almost 2 years ago scoobysnack

I made this recipe because I love all of the ingredients. I word to the wise...don't use nonfat yogurt in place of half & half. I made this mistake and the sourness of the yogurt didn't work well with the rest of the flavors.

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almost 2 years ago justpicked

Dymnyno -- do you use a special jullienne tool? My mandoline has a blade to do jullienne, but it's a pain in the neck to insert. Is there a simple, specialized tool out there that I can create the really fine and consistent jullienne strips you've acheived in your photo? PS: love the recipe!

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almost 2 years ago mcnyca

I bought a (German?) potato peeler a few months ago at Willams + Sonoma, the kind where the blade is horizontal not vertical. The other side is a julienne blade that works great. I use it to make carrot julienne for stir frys. Costs just a few dollars.

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almost 2 years ago dymnyno

I used a julienne tool from Kuhn ricon...it is a pricy little toy, but I love to use it on a lot of fruits and vegetables like carrots, cucumbers jicama, apples, and more. (ordered frm Amazon.com)

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almost 2 years ago justpicked

Dymnyno -- do you use a special jullienne tool? My mandoline has a blade to do jullienne, but it's a pain in the neck to insert. Is there a simple, specialized tool out there that I can create the really fine and consistent jullienne strips you've acheived in your photo? PS: love the recipe!

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almost 2 years ago tvwells

This has become a favorite in our home, I added carrots and parmesan instead of cream tonight because I needed to use them but this recipe is perfect all by itself. Thanks!

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almost 2 years ago dymnyno

Thanks, I am a great lover of recipe tecniques...when you find one that works, you have a key to indulge your own creativity.

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almost 3 years ago borntobeworn

I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious. I used fat-free half-n-half and added about a cup of roasted tomatoes to the sauce (went to a friend's farm last weekend and came back with many that were so ripe that I roasted them in the oven so they wouldn't go bad before we could eat them). I also added shredded parm and cooked, peeled shrimp on top. I've used julienned zucchini before on a salad but had never used it after salting and resting. I think it tastes better than pasta! Thanks!

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

I am glad that you enjoyed it. I love all your additions, too.

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

I am so glad you entered this! (I am working on a zucchini pasta recipe even as we speak, inspired by this!)

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about 3 years ago FoodieAlex

Awesome! Delicious!

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over 3 years ago QueenOfGreen

Love it - thanks!

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almost 4 years ago themissingingredient

Brilliant!!! even with half as much sauce for fewer calories this is still very, very good. I could live on this all summer. I think that I will as you suggest, dump it on some pasta. You should have won this contest. I forgot to vote.

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almost 4 years ago Aliwaks

Made this for dinner tonight, delightful! Served it under fresh caught striped bass that was pan seared in bacon fat.....next to a handful of grape tomatoes

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Jessman, Jullienning (sp?) zucchini is not something that I invented, nor did I claim to do so. I observed a friend using it on carrots and used the same method to zucchini. I made up the sauce using my favorite ingredients...also nothing particularly inventive. But the combination of technique and dressing are entirely my own. I never read Martha Stewart but she does appeal to the populace.

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almost 4 years ago jessman

Ummm- this looks awfully familiar.

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almost 4 years ago Aliwaks

Actually I think Dymnyno's looks nicer and fresher and the tarragon changes the taste profile significantly. There are a lot of recipes out there that are similar to one another, I mean how many varieties of Caprese salad are there? The addition, omission of even a single ingredient or a variation on technique makes the recipe personal and unique to the chef.

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

If I had a dollar for every similar, and yet completely different recipe I would be a rich man. In a recipe like this, and I have seen lots of spaghetti made from squash, carrots and leeks,(if you don't believe me try me I can spout off twenty while writing this sentence) the differences may seem small but because of the dishes simplicity they are huge. The addition of black pepper, tarragon and olive oil make this so, so different. I am a huge fan of Patricia Wells, and from what I know of her, I think she would think dymnyno's recipe was amazing. She might even change the ingredients in hers to be more like this one.

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

By the way, I have this uncanny ability to insult while trying to compliment, I get it from my mother, so if I have done so take note. This is a great recipe and I just wish I had thought of it.

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almost 4 years ago Aliwaks

I'm turning this into a pasta salad for a BBQ party my father's throwing (and of course I'm cooking for) in a few weeks...do you think it would be good to toss in a few toasted walnuts?

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I think that you can tweek this recipe in many ways to suite your taste as long as you don't overpower the flavor of the zucchini.

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almost 4 years ago slulibby

simply beautiful

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks...your recipes definitely enrich lives!

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almost 4 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

This is fantastic! I do a lot of zucchini "noodles" with pesto, now I am going to try the tarragon cream.

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Made this for a dinner party and it was adored. Thanks!

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almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Your recipe is the kick in the pants I need post-vacation to get back in the kitchen...Thumbs up, big-time!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

The eternal winner - wow!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

More like the matron of honor!

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Wow, this is so delicious, dymnyno! Made it for dinner tonight - I didn't have tarragon so I used fresh mint instead. And I used yellow squash and zucchini, so I guess I went Paglia e Fieno with my version. Blender not necessary, if you like to see your herbs, which I do. I whisked liquid in measuring cup till creamy. So so good!

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almost 4 years ago lorinarlock

I LOVE zucchini and when I discovered a similar dish in the Times two summers ago I couldn't stop cooking it. I can't wait to try this recipe. Good luck.

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Congrats dymnyno! Can't wait to make it now once the summer traveling settles down. It looks fantastic!

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Lucky me, kaykay made this for dinner tonight. It was so delicious! Can't wait to try variations. I loved the texture of the zukes. Great recipe!

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almost 4 years ago mariaraynal

Congratulations! This looks delicious and so versatile. Love the idea of serving it warm over pasta or cool with olive oil, too.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

When I served it over pasta I didn't cook it...I just threw it on the hot pasta.

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almost 4 years ago The Internet Cooking Princess

I actually order something VERY similar to this at an Italian restaurant not too far from home, so I know this is delish - and definitely a formidable opponent! Congrats!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

This recipe is really a case of "the medium is the massage"...once I used the julienne tool I had to invent a sauce! I don't get to Dallas very often...what is the name of the restaurant?

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I meant "the medium is the message"

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almost 4 years ago The Internet Cooking Princess

They serve it at a restaurant called Villa O in Highland Park. It's all organic and mostly locally sourced foods, all cooked very traditionally. They tossed theirs in a little olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes, although I think they are missing a trick with the taragon and cream!

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats dymnyno!!!! I'm making it tonight. I got a new kitchen toy now to make the 'noodles'! Love those toys!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

It's fun. Try it with carrots...great with a Ginger vinaigrette!

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almost 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

Congrats. I am going to make it tonight. Glad to see you are a finalist.

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almost 4 years ago drbabs

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Congratulations on being a finalist! Great recipe!

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almost 4 years ago Aliwaks

Oh I love this! And I need that gizmo, I've used my veg peeler to make widish strips then cut them down ...but they never get the right shape...and I LOVE tarragon & cream!1

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almost 4 years ago Dominique Fry

love the simplicity...I'll try it this weekend!

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almost 4 years ago thirschfeld

I am so glad to see this as a finalist. Simple, very well thought out and delicious. Congratulations.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thank you!

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Trying this for a weekend dinner party. Does it scale well? I need to serve 12.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks! It should scale with no problem.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I wonder if a variation with the name and slight width of the zucchini could also model linguini...so, zucchatini? Love all the possibilities with your variations.

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Zucchatini sounds right, doesn't it? I made up a name that you have to figure out how to say it!

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almost 4 years ago CreamPuff

Love it!!! Looks like a very fun dish, too!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks!

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almost 4 years ago Waverly

"Zucchaghetti" is a great name - I had to find out what it was. The photograph makes it look delicious. What a perfect summertime meal. I will trying this.
Thank you!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I made the name up...it looks better than it sounds.

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almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Yum...can't wait to try this - I have been enjoying the tarragon from my garden and this sounds delicious!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks...I love tarragon!

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

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Wow! I love the sound of the sauce!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Thanks, it is really very subtle...not too overpowering.

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almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Love this dymnyno! Do you ever do variations without cream?

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I have made this with a variety of sauces...some without cream....just olive oil and lemon and an herb...a little ginger works too.

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almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Great great recipe! I'm definitely making this in the next couple days but think I'll do the olive oil, lemon the herbs sans cream. And some shaved pecorino. The perfect summer lunch! And sign me up for that gizmo too! I'm going on Amazon next....

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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THIS is the zucchini recipe I've been dreaming about....and i gotta have that gizmo, too.

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

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I got it from Amazon - 19.99, and if you get one more thing you qualify for free shipping!!!

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

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found it! Ordering! http://kuhnrikon.com/products...

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almost 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

OXO makes a great julienne peeler as well - I bought one before Thanksgiving last year and I love it for making little ribbons. Great for shoestring potatoes, too!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

OXO makes great products and a lot less expensive too! Yes!!! shoestring potatoes are great with this gadget. A Benringer works too, especially with a large veggie like a potato.

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

This love thie dymnyno! I finely slice zucchini medallion style, season with herbs and a little olive, many ways to serve it; my favorite is to use it on grilled pizza and your spaghetti style would look so cool on the pizza. Oh, I am a gizmo person too!

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almost 4 years ago lapadia

I love this dymnyno! That is a correction from above, it happens sometimes!

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

It is made by Kuhn Rikon of Switzerland. Works great on any kind of hard vegetable like jicama, carrots, cucumbers...

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almost 4 years ago aargersi

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Looks really pretty, and sounds like it would be good hot or cold. I need the gizmo - I am a gadget girl!! What's it called and where do I get it?? (I have gizmo envy)

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I wasn't sure how it would taste hot, but last night I dumped some of the leftover in with some cooked pasta (big short tubes) and it tasted great.

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almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

I have always enjoyed spaghetti squash, but this looks even better.

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almost 4 years ago TasteFood

I just had something similar to this at a bbq party and loved it. Great recipe!