Raw Zucchini Salad – 3 main ingredients for a summer delight!

Last week, for my father’s birthday, we made a feast. And only after we had finished, we realised, maybe because of the heat, that we had made a vegetarian feast!

This dish we made for the first time. Starting from an idea seen in a magazine, we added some ingredients to make it ours. Here they are:

  • thinly sliced zucchini
  • pine nuts
  • pecorino romano
  • fresh basil leaves
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • cumin seeds
  • salt & pepper

Take your thinly sliced zucchini and sprinkle them with abundant salt. Stack them in a colander and let them sit for one hour or more. While that’s happening, in a non-stick pan heat some oil and the cumin seeds and then proceed to toast the pine nuts. Be careful not to burn them!

After at least one hour, rinse the zucchini under cold, running water (this is the most boring part), dry them (ok, maybe this was worse) and toss them in their seasoning of basil leaves, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Slice the pecorino as thin as you possibly can and add the toasted pine nuts, discarding the cumin.

I had no idea that raw zucchini could be so good! The salt draws the water away and the lemon juice gives the whole thing a punch, while the pine nuts and pecorino add some needed umami 🙂

Let me know if you add anything else and make a new version of this summery salad!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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