Call them zucchini or courgettes, summer is the season when most vegetable growers find themselves inundated with this very versatile vegetable.
Cooked or raw, there are literally thousands of ways to use these summer beauties, but it is courgette salad recipes where the magic really happens.
In the realm of summer picnic salads, this delightfully fresh zucchini ribbon salad is perfect for picnics as it holds its own without becoming sad and soggy – it’s easy to prep as a make-ahead salad but won’t turn bad if it relishes in its dressing for a long period.
This salad relies on quality fresh ingredients to make it great but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around to suit your taste. We have listed some recipe variations that mainly address dietary issues but you can certainly mix it up. Zucchini is very forgiving that way.
WALNUTS: This recipe calls for whole walnuts but feel free to switch with your nut of choice. Toasted almonds or even pistachio would work well. While walnuts have great flavour, it is also about the crunch.
NUT FREE: Simply change walnuts for sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
CHEESE: This recipe uses vegan feta cheese. You could leave the cheese out altogether for a vegan salad. For non-vegan, regular feta, crumbled blue cheese or shaved parmesan works just as well. There are vegan options for all of these cheeses as well. Choose whichever cheese you like, but we recommend a cheese with a bold or salty flavour. We have loads more vegan salad ideas here if you need more inspiration for your next vegan picnic.
CORN: If you want an alternative to corn you can use diced red peppers or sliced green beans – perfect for those on a keto diet.
See recipe card below for more in depth instructions and tips.
This salad will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day before the vinaigrette starts to break the ingredients down too much. make sure there is not too much vinaigrette pooled in the bottom.
For a make-ahead version, ingredients will keep nicely for a few days, prepped but undressed in the fridge in an airtight container. Add vinaigrette to marinate the zucchini ribbons 10-15 minutes before serving.
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