Recipes from Rose’s Kitchen

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This spring in my garden I planted three varieties of squash and I know for sure, and on purpose, I did not plant zucchini! Last week checking to see how my squash plants were growing I noticed two medium-sized zucchinis ready to be used. Oh joy! I couldn’t believe it! Not to waste I made a salad and really enjoyed it.

Zucchini Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This raw zucchini salad is really simple and using fresh herbs from your garden makes it extra special. Since zucchini doesn’t really have much flavour you can add different cheeses, nuts or seeds and herbs. You can use a vegetable peeler, or a mandolin or the slicer on the side of your box grater.

LEMON 

VINAIGRETTE:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp sea salt

Freshly ground black

pepper

1/2 tsp honey or maple

syrup

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive

oil

1/2 tsp fresh or dried

thyme, optional

In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together and continue to whisk until the dressing is emulsified. You can also combine everything in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake and shake some more.

**If dressing is too tangy add some more olive oil

***Double the recipe—it will keep up to one week in your fridge.

SALAD:

3 medium zucchini

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

or your choice

3 Tbsp chopped chives

2 green onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Handful of basil thinly

sliced or chopped

Handful of cilantro

chopped optional

Shaved parmesan or feta 

heese or your choice

Sea salt and freshly

ground black pepper

Using a vegetable peeler, mandoline, or box grater and with the skin on the zucchini slice into thin strips.

Place the zucchini in a large bowl and add the nuts, herbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over top and mix gently together. You may need to add more dressing, salt and pepper for taste.