Saturday, August 6, 2011

Italian Style Zucchini Crudo Vinaigrette Salad Recipe

A refreshing side dish, perfect for summer, you'll be surprised how delicious this is!
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 3 lemons (1/2 cup total juice)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon honey
Few dashes Tabasco sauce
2 10-inch zucchinis, chilled
2 10-inch yellow squash, chilled
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts or  blanched slivered almonds, toasted and cooled
1/3 cup diced fresh basil
1 cup small chunks of mozzarella

Pulse in blender  making a smooth vinaigrette,  garlic, zest and juice of lemons, salt, honey and Tabasco. Turn blender on low and slowly drizzle in oil until well blended. Set aside.
 Mandoline, I bought mine from World Market (love that store)

Slice ends off each side of the zucchini and squash then slice into paper-thin slices. Much easier and neater to use a mandoline, if you have one,  click on name to see the online store to purchase above).
In a bowl place and toss the squash and zucchini slices, add the pine nuts or almonds, and basil. Top with the fresh cut cubes of mozzarella. Sprinkle with some of the vinaigrette to taste, you can save the rest for another use.

27 comments:

Foodness Gracious said...

Looks well tasty, and I love World Market, I could easily spend hours going through their stuff!
Thanks for sharing...

Federica said...

What a fresh and tasty salad. I like it very much. I've never used yellow sqash for a salad, it's interesting. Thanks for the suggestion, hope you have a great we

Greg said...

Wow, that salad looks gorgeous! Wished I had this recipe last week. We bought zucchini and then a co-worker gave us a bunch and I ran out of ideas on how to eat them all.

Dzoli said...

Nice .honest clean dish and if you like zuccini lovely plate;)

bellini said...

This really does sound refreshing!

Curt said...

Very colorful and looks so tasty.

All the nuts in there must give it a nice crunch. I love the honey and lemon together. I use that combination in a lot of my marinades.

Angie's Recipes said...

Very fresh and light!

Frumusete said...

Amazing :)

Kate@Diethood said...

That really is a wonderful summer salad!!

Drick said...

love your new cuts... and love that vinaigrette... I was reading it and immediately thought of using it for a fish marinade as well as salads, sounds just so good... hope you are having a good weekend, hanging by the pool and enjoying some cold refreshments...

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Great dish! Love the fresh vege's!

Lizzy said...

What a gorgeous salad, Claudia! I wish Bill wasn't so anti-zucchini...I could just make a batch for my lunch, though :)

Reeni said...

Such a beautiful preparation for squash! I adore zucchini and your delicious salad!

Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Lovely combination, I was looking for a new recipe to use all of the fresh zucchini and squash that I have. Thanks for sharing this one!

My Little Space said...

Isn't it great to be able to enjoy zucchini again. Yours sounds simply wonderful.
Happy Friendship Day to you, Claudia. & have a fabulous day!
Blessings, Kristy

Kim Bee said...

This is so lovely. I just want to dig right in to this.

www.you-made-that.com said...

What a beautiful dish,the flavors go wonderful together, wish I could taste a bite right now.

Jennifer said...

How pretty! You do have an artistic flair. Have a great day.

Bromography said...

How lovely! A perfect little salad for this time of year.

Sandra said...

This is really healthy and beautiful! Nice plate full of goodness..you did great job Claudia as always!

Ann said...

This looks SO tasty and fresh - wonderful!

anthony stemke said...

Hey, this is great. You can use a swivel potato peeler to replicate the zucchini ribbons, although a mandoline is terrific.

Keep it up, love it.

Alyce said...

Sounds yummy.

Karen said...

This sounds very good & congrats on making it to the top 9! I just spent 5 minutes playing with Maukie :)

Veronica Gantley said...

Congrats Claudia on this dish. Boy your pictures are looking awesome!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

What gorgeous photos of such a lovely fresh garden veggie salad, Claudia! I love this kind of late summer salad!

Magic of Spice said...

What a gorgeous presentation and a perfect fresh summer dish...beautiful!