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Author Notes: I first came across a raw Zucchini Salad in Gourmet Magazine in August 2004. At that time, the zucchini was tenderized in a salt bath. Today I blanche it quickly which has the added effect of sealing in the color. Unlike lettuce-based salads, this light and colorful salad holds its freshness and appeal on a buffet table for several hours. Enjoy it with some grilled chicken for a simple summer meal. —Lynda Marren
Serves 6-8 people
- 1 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup kosher salt, divided
- 5 medium zucchini
- 5 medium straight-neck yellow squashes
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped mint, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup basil, chiffonaded, plus more for garnish
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese or shredded Parmesan cheese
- Toast pine nuts in a dry saute pan on medium heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Place 2 medium pots of water over high heat to boil. Add 2 tablespoons kosher salt to each pot. Set two bowls of ice water near the stove.
- Slice the zucchini on the bias, lengthwise into thin ribbons. A mandolin works well for this if you have one. Slice the yellow squash in the same way.
- When the water boils, transfer the zucchini to one pot and the squash to the other pot. Boil each for just 2 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice baths to cool. Drain once again and pay dry with paper towels.
- Once cooled and dry, transfer squash together to a large bowl. Now that the squash and zucchini were individually blanched, it can be mixed together without blending colors. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Mix the lemon zest, olive oil, shallots, parsley, salt, pepper, mint and basil in a small bowl.
- Pour lemon juice over the squash.
- Combine the dressing with the squash and mix well. Add the cheese.
- Garnish with pine nuts and fresh herbs. Serve at room temperature.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Lettuce-Free Salad