In the Raw: Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese Crostini
Zucchini is another vegetable that is good served raw. The small, sweet summer zucchini can be sliced thinly lengthwise with a simple mandolin and tossed with a little olive oil, herbs and salt. In Italian cooking zucchini is often paired with mint and I am using this flavour combination here with a little lemon balm added as well. A sprinkling of chopped nuts and scattering of goat or feta cheese make a nice addition. If I want to keep it in Italian tradition I add parmesan or pecorino cheese. If you’d like you could squeeze a little lemon over top of the salad as well. Sometimes I grill the zucchini ribbons first and then toss them with the olive oil and other ingredients but today didn’t.
2 small yellow zucchini
2 small green zucchini
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 green onions, green and white parts chipped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
A handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
A few leaves of lemon balm, left whole
1 cup cheese: goat cheese, feta, queso fresco, parmesan, pecorino etc.
1 lemon, cut in wedges for serving
Wash the zucchini but do not trim the ends. They look pretty when sliced. Cut the zucchini on a mandolin into very thin slices lengthwise. You will need a light pressure on the zucchini as you slice them so watch yourself to prevent accidental cuts. You can wear kitchen protective gloves if you have them. Pile the slices in a large bowl and toss together gently.
Drizzle olive oil over the zucchini and toss.
Add salt and pepper to taste, then add green onions, walnuts and mint. Add a few leaves of lemon balm.
Scatter cheese over and mix it in gently.
Pile ribbons in a serving plate and serve with goat cheese crostini and lemon wedges.
Goat cheese crostini”
Slice a baguette into thin slices. Drizzle slices with olive oil and grill in a pan lightly coatd with olive oil. Grill, turning over once so both sudes are golden.
Spread grilled slices with goat cheese, drizzle with a little olive oil and garnish with lemon balm leaves.