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Salad Recipes: How To Master Making Zucchini Salads!

Zucchini Salad

It would be true to say that Zucchini is probably summer’s most underappreciated and underused vegetable (well, technically it’s a fruit). Zucchinis are nutritious, cheap, and abundant in all good qualities. They are firm enough to stand up to all cooking methods, tender enough to eat raw, easy to cook, and amenable to all kinds of flavors. Major bonus: Zucchinis maintain firmness and freshness longer than any of the more beloved summer vegetables. 

Today in this blog post we’ll tell you how to make easy, tasty, and healthy zucchini salads. 

But first things first: If you want a good meal, use good ingredients. Supermarket fruits and vegetables are often of poor quality, so try buying them at trusted dealers of vegetables and fruits. 

One thing that is important while making any kind of zucchini salad is the dressing. Let us tell you all about that too.

Here are the top 5 ways on how you can master making zucchini salads:

Summer side dish zucchini salad

Things you’ll need: 

  • Zucchini 
  • Pine nuts
  • Fresh herbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon vinaigrette 

How to make it:

  • Take small zucchinis and by using a vegetable peeler slice them vertically into long, thin strips
  • Toast a few pine nuts before adding them to the salad to bring our their rich and nutty flavor
  • Add fresh herbs like basil, chives, and mint for extra fresh flavor. You can also add parsley or tarragon
  • For rich and umami flavor, make this salad vegan by using began parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over zucchini ribbons for a bright and zesty flavor

For those who don’t know about vinaigrette: “Vinaigrette is made by mixing an oil with something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice. The mixture can be enhanced with salt, herbs, and/or spices. It is used most commonly as a salad dressing, but can also be used as a marinade.

Source: Wikipedia

Thai Zucchini Salad

Things you’ll need:

  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • A large carrot (peeled)
  • zucchini
  • sprouts, such as alfalfa or radish
  • cilantro leaves
  • fresh mint leaves

For the dressing:

  • vegetable oil
  • Fish sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Brown sugar
  • A small clove of garlic (grated or minced)
  • 1 Thai bird chile, thinly sliced

How to make it:

  • To mellow the bite of onion, slice them up and soak them in cold water
  • Julienne the carrot and zucchini on a mandoline
  • Put them in a large bowl, add sliced and soaked online slices
  • Add 1 cup of your favorite sprouts
  • Hand-tear the cilantro and mint leaves into the bowl
  • Add salt as required
  • Pour the dressing over the vegetable 
  • Toss them well and serve immediately

How to make the dressing: Whisk – 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, garlic, and thinly sliced chile

Zucchini Cucumber Salad

Things you’ll need: 

  • zucchini
  • cucumber
  • arugula
  • cherry tomatoes
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • Fresh basil (minced)

How to make it:

  • Vinaigrette: Take a large bowl and whisk lime juice, minced basil, and add salt and pepper to it (according to taste)
  • Using mandoline or vegetable peeler, create long wide ribbons of zucchini and cucumber
  • Add them to the bowl on top of the vinaigrette
  • Add arugula and cherry tomatoes (halved) to the bowl and toss well until vegetables are evenly coated with the vinaigrette

Apple and Zucchini Salad

  • Things you’ll need: 
  • Zucchini
  • Apples
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Vegetable oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • White sugar
  • Dried basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to make it:

  • Take a bowl and add 1 pound zucchini (diced)
  • Add 3 apples (diced)
  • Add half green bell pepper (diced)
  • Add half red onion (chopped)
  • Drizzle dressing all over it
  • Toss to coat them perfectly

For the dressing: Whisk 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon  basil, salt, and black pepper (according to taste)

Random zucchini salad

A 10-minute salad with all the random things from your fridge.

Things you’ll need: 

  • 1 big or 2 medium zucchini
  • Few dried prunes
  • 1 tomato
  • Few nuts
  • Dried coriander
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Trentingrana cheese

How to make it:

  • Put a small pot on the stove with water
  • Cut the zucchini(s) into small square shapes
  • Cut the Tomato
  • Cut the prunes into slices
  • Further cut the cheese slices into thin slices
  • When the water starts boiling, put the zucchinis into the pot
  • Leave them there for 1 minute, then take them out
  • Strain the zucchinis and put them at the bottom of a bowl
  • Add a few nuts, the sliced prunes, and the tomatoes
  • Dress with olive oil, coriander, and salt
  • Add cheese slices and grind pepper on top
  • Add more olive oil if you want
  • Mix gently and serve

Takeaway

Zucchini salad recipes can be served as a lunch snack or as a side dish to the main course. These zucchini salads can be served great as an accompaniment to delicious dishes. Also, not just raw, but zucchinis can be great if grilled, sauteed, microwaved, etc. Try out these recipes and learn how to master making zucchini salad.

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