Contrary to popular belief, vegetables are consumed in the Glutton Household and more often than not they’re consumed on a gluttonous level. It’s all about balancing the equation. After all I can eat an entire platter of grilled meat in one sitting, but my body usually feels better when a side of veggies finds its way onto my plate.
Still there have always been a few vegetables that for whatever reason I’ve had an aversion to; one in particular being zucchini. Whether it be green, yellow, or some morbid mixture of the two, that bountiful veggie of the garden has never been a healthy option of choice.
That is until I started enjoying the following recipe for zucchini salad.
Flavorful and simple in it’s essence, the preparation of the zucchini allows the “positive aspects” of veggie to shine while the complimenting flavors olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan Reggiano provide the salad with a balanced boost. The bottom line is that it’s a light and healthy gluttonous salad that both lovers and non-lovers of zucchini can get behind.
Perfect for the warms months of the year, the salad is excellent on its own and a great side dish for balancing the equation with that platter of cow you’re enjoying.
- 1 green and yellow zucchini (medium sized)
- 1 tbsp olive oil (if available one of higher quality)
- 1/2 lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Parmesan reggiano
- Wash then lop the heads and tails off of the zucchini.
- Using a peeler, begin shaving off long strips of each zucchini into a large bowl, slowly working around the veggie.
- Shave each zucchini to the core (seeded potion).
- Take that specialty olive oil which you received as a gift…you know that one you’ve been saving for just the right occasion that you’ve never used, pop the top and pour 1 tbsp over the zucchini, followed by the juice of 1/2 a lemon.
- Shower the colorful blend of shaved veggiess with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Then using your hands toss the salad until thoroughly mixed.
- At this point give the salad a taste, savor the extra flavor of using high quality olive oil, and make any minor adjustments to the salt, pepper, olive oil, or lemon juice levels to please your palate.
- Decision time: How much shaved Parmesan Reggiano to add?
- It’s really up to you, but use that peeler to shave off as much as your comfortable with…moderating is actually supported in this respect.
- If desired, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to allow the zucchini to “chill.”
- Plate, serve, and come back for seconds.
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