Author Notes: The soft luscious texture of the zucchini makes a rich counterpoint to the bright crunchy endive. Plenty of lemon and thyme make this a perfectly seasonal salad to accompany most any grilled entree. —Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)
salt, as needed
tablespoons olive oil
tablespoon thyme, leaves only
heads Belgium endive
zest and juice of 1 lemon, separated
cup flat parsley, whole leaves only
cup toasted pine nuts
- Prepare a moderate charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill to medium (375 degrees). Trim the ends of the zucchini and slice the zucchini lengthwise into 1/4" strips. Lay them onto a baking sheet and generously salt them on both sides. Set them aside to weep out some of the moisture, about 20 minutes, then wipe them off. Return them to the sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with half the thyme leaves and set aside for about 20 minutes.
- Prepare an ice bath in a medium-sized bowl. Slice the endive crosswise into 1/4" strips, discarding the core. Add them to the ice bath until ready to serve.
- Grill the zucchini slices directly over the coals, or gas flame, until nicely marked, turning once, about 3 minutes per side. Move them to a large serving platter as they cook. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and a small pinch of salt .
- Drain the endive well, then roll them in paper towels or turn them in a salad spinner until quite dry. Toss them over the grilled zucchini.
- Prepare the dressing: Whisk together 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, juice of one lemon, and the remaining thyme leaves. Drizzle this over the zucchini and endive. Garnish with whole parsley leaves and toasted pine nuts. Serve while the zucchini is warm and the endive is cold.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Use of Lemon, Thyme and a Grill