So, the mini garden is finally producing something other than herbs. The zucchini are here! As usual with squash, they come on strong and quickly overwhelm you. We have found several tasty recipes to combat the the onslaught of squash. Once again, Jamie Oliver to the rescue with a refreshing and easy salad using zucchini that requires no cooking. Pizza is also a good standby and a great way to use the zucchini flowers, even if it does just look pretty.
Raw Zucchini Ribbon Salad (adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe)
Zest and Juice of 1 lemon
1 fresh chilli or 1/4 tsp. of chilli flakes
6 small yellow and green zucchini or 2 large (the small ones taste a little sweeter and don’t need to be seeded)
Handful of fresh herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, or whatever you have works)
Olive Oil, salt and pepper
In your salad serving bowl, mix the lemon juice, a splash of olive oil, the lemon zest, chillies and chopped herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Wash your zucchini and remove the ends. Use a peeler to slice off ribbons of the zucchini into your bowl of dressing. You will have piles of ribbons that you can then toss with the dressing at the bottom of the bowl and serve.
If you are preparing this well ahead of time, wait to combine the zucchini with the dressing until just before serving.