Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This week is all about salads! Yesterday was how to do a simple salad, and today focuses on one vegetable salad. This one is the zuchinni.

This post will show you how to take a simple summer vegetable and turn it into a beautiful salad. My mom made this salad for a family dinner the other weekend and I am now hooked! It takes the ideas that I outlined for "how to make a simple salad" and instead of using lettuce, applies it to a vegetable. You could really do this with so many options, roasted peppers, roasted sweet potatoes, squash of all types or mushrooms.

How to do a simple grilled (or roasted) summer salad:
1. Drizzle your veg of choice with some olive oil and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Grill on a bbq or grill pan, or roast in the oven.
2. Once warm, arrange on the platter.
3. Choose a cheese to top the vegetable with. For the zucchini the feta worked really well, but for something like roasted peppers I would suggest goat cheese, for mushrooms I would suggested shaved parmesan.
4. Choose a nut or seed. Pine nuts are always my favourite but the possibilities are endless. Sunflower seeds, or toasted pumpkin seeds - which I am also loving right now!
5. Chop some fresh herbs! Basil, chives, mint, dill - all are great choices.
6. If you feel that your vegetables seem a bit dry, drizzle with a little vinaigrette. Whisk together a little olive oil & acid (lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, champagne vinegar etc.) and pour over the salad. NOTE: if you do the mushroom salad, drizzle with a little truffle oil and you will be in mushroom heaven!
7. Serve and enjoy!

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