My garden is not doing so well, other than the zucchini, which of course is growing like gang busters! The garden is fixable, so stay tuned on that front, As for the zucchini, I was thrilled to find a recent post at 101 Cookbooks that was a totally different spin on a fresh zucchini salad and turned out to be just as delicious as anticipated!
Heidi of 101 Cookbooks obviously used a mandoline to shave the fennel and zucchini paper thin; my mandoline leaves much to be desired, so my knife skills had to do. While my veggies were not as transparent (check out her photos versus mine), the dish was still fantastic.
The trick is allowing the fennel, dill and zucchini to marinate in the lemon juice, salt and olive oil for at least an hour so that the veggies wilt a bit and soak up some of the dill flavor. Then toss in the rest of the ingredients and dig in. It is definitely my new favorite way to eat zucchini!
Shaved Fennel Salad with Dill and Feta (from 101 Cookbooks)
2 medium zucchini, sliced as thinly as possible in rounds
1 large fennel, sliced as thinly as possible (Cut fennel in half and cut with flat side down)
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/3 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup feta, crumbled
2 cups arugula
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted or almond, chopped
Combine zucchini, fennel, dill, lemon juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and set aside to marinate for 1 hour. When ready to serve salad, place arugula on large serving platter and spoon vegetables on top. Sprinkle on feta and nuts and dress with vinaigrette from bowl. Adjust for salt and pepper and serve.
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