If you’ve never had this beautiful salad you are in for a big surprise. With long ribbons of raw zucchini, a splash of lemon, some salty cheese and earthy nuts--this has to be the world’s easiest and most versatile salad. Plus it goes with just about any summer fare. And best of all, it’s freaking delicious. My toddler loves it. I adore it. My husband is always happy when I make it (hell, he can even make it!).
I hated zucchini until someone, years ago, served me a salad like this one. Before, I thought of all zucchini as overcooked, mushy ickyness. But this salad was a revelation: I actually do like zucchini. Just not cooked (or at least very lightly cooked so it still has some density).
Did I mention it was versatile and accommodating? You can serve this to anyone. If you leave out the cheese, you can serve it to your gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo, raw food sister’s cousin’s friend. You can tell a picky toddler it is pasta. You can serve it as pasta. You can add chopped fresh herbs (basil or parsley are great), make it with or without cheese, or even with or without nuts (I like almonds or pine nuts, but pistachios or walnuts would also be delicious).
A note on choosing zucchini: Zucchini, a summer squash, is best during the hot summer months. In fact, it’s just about everywhere right now, and it’s cheap cheap cheap. Select smaller zucchini as they tend to be sweeter; I avoid the super jumbo ones. Look for an array of colors, zucchini comes not only as the dark green vegetable we are all used to seeing, but yellow, striped, and even multi-colored (green and yellow usually).
Recipe: Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago