Make Ahead


June 28, 2010
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. - dymnyno —dymnyno

Test Kitchen Notes

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
—The Editors

  • 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
In This Recipe
  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.

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