Zucchini Tuesday... going raw...

05 February, 2013

Much kudos to Louise for beginning the Zucchini Tuesday trend and allowing us closet zucchini fans to proclaim our love of this humble vegetable.

The zukes for me continue to come along at a manageable pace. But today's picking was borderline.


I reckon if left much longer the bottom zucchini (variety Costata) would have been too big and tasteless. I generally prefer my zucchini like the top one (variety Black Jack) - about 2cms thick.

Now while zucchini is mostly cooked and is a fine vegetable when heat is applied, today I wanted to do something a little different. A while back I went to a lovely restaurant where I had a fabulous raw zucchini and olive salad. It was just that; thinly sliced zucchini, halved green olives and a very simple dressing. I've been wanting to make it ever since.

Here is my version.


It was thinly sliced raw zucchini, tomatoes and mozzarella (I think dry pan fried haloumi would have been better, but I didn't have any) with a dressing of olive oil, Riesling vinegar and finely chopped preserved lemons. It was damn fine.


6 comments:

  1. I haven't tried raw zucchini before. Your salad looks good. On the weekend I dried zucchini slices in the dehydrator to make zucchini chips. They were a bit too salty and I needed to cook them a bit longer for more crispiness but I am definitely trying them again.

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    1. It's surprisingly nice, but as much about texture as taste and needs to be sliced really thinly. Big chunks of raw zuke are pretty unappealing. I like the idea of dehydrator chips - will need to give that a go!

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  2. Sold, I will use todays harvest for this tomorrow, except I can't because I've got a zucchini and rice pie to get through first. I'm enjoying it but I just wish the other members of my household had your passion for zukes.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. But I share your pain of being the predominant zucchini lover in my family. Ah well, more for me!

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  3. Yum Bek , yum. Clean and simple. And you have reminded me of a raw zuke salad I must make and post on.

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    1. Please do post. I'd be interested to see how others make it!

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