Friday, November 14, 2008

Shaved Zucchini Salad

I first got the idea for this salad at a friend's Tuscan themed dinner party. A beautiful evening of good food, good wine, and even better company is always so inspiring! If you are in need of a simple, yet beautiful salad, or if you are just plain tired of ice-burg lettuce, I invite you to step out for a real culinary treat.

Ingredients:

2 large zucchinis
2 tablespoons of good olive oil
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup of shaved Parmesan cheese
salt
pepper

Start by shaving the zucchini into long strips using either a mandolin, or a vegetable peeler. You will only be able to use about half of the zucchini because once you get to the seeded interior of the vegetable, you will not want to use the strips. Save the leftover interior of the zucchini and use it in a stir-fry, or ratatouille later in the week. Set the strips aside.

In a small frying pan over medium heat, lightly toast the chopped mac nuts to enhance their flavor. This will take 4 to 5 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully, because they burn quit easily. Pine nuts are also a very delicious option if you don't like mac nuts.

To assemble the salad, simply toss the zucchini strips with the olive oil, and season to taste. I like to use my hands! Plate the salad into individual serving dishes, and top with the Parmesan cheese, and macadamia nuts.

Note: For best results, use the highest quality olive oil and Parmesan cheese that you can get your hands on. Since this ingredients are used sparingly, you want to make sure they stand out.

3 comments:

Bunny Trails said...

I never would have thought of this, but it sounds really good! Thanks for opening my eyes to something new to try :)

Vanessa said...

Oh that sound yummy!

Michele said...

Glad our find in Florence could be your inspiration! Dee-lish!