Whether your garden is overflowing with home-grown zucchini or you have a basket full from the weekend farmer’s market, this fresh and flavorful salad is both light enough as a side dish and hearty enough for a meal.
Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Toasted Hazelnuts and Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
- 2 lbs zucchini, washed and ends trimmed
- 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp minced chives
- 1 tbsp chopped mint
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast for about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then place in a tea towel and rub the skin off. Chop coarsely and set aside.
Meanwhile, spiralize the zucchini and place in a large bowl. Season with salt and let sit for about 15 minutes, then drain off the water.
In a small bowl add the zest and juice of both lemons. Season with salt and pepper, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add the dressing to the zucchini and toss to coat. Season with red pepper flakes and more salt and pepper. Add the chopped hazelnuts, Parmesan cheese and herbs and serve.
Serve this salad with a glass of Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc.