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Italian Style Zucchini Crudo Vinaigrette Salad Recipe

A refreshing side dish, perfect for summer, you'll be surprised how delicious this is!
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 3 lemons (1/2 cup total juice)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon honey
Few dashes Tabasco sauce
2 10-inch zucchinis, chilled
2 10-inch yellow squash, chilled
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts or  blanched slivered almonds, toasted and cooled
1/3 cup diced fresh basil
1 cup small chunks of mozzarella

Pulse in blender  making a smooth vinaigrette,  garlic, zest and juice of lemons, salt, honey and Tabasco. Turn blender on low and slowly drizzle in oil until well blended. Set aside.
 Mandoline, I bought mine from World Market (love that store)

Slice ends off each side of the zucchini and squash then slice into paper-thin slices. Much easier and neater to use a mandoline, if you have one,  click on name to see the online store to purchase above).
In a bowl place and toss the squash and zucchini slices, add the pine nuts or almonds, and basil. Top with the fresh cut cubes of mozzarella. Sprinkle with some of the vinaigrette to taste, you can save the rest for another use.

27 comments:

  1. Looks well tasty, and I love World Market, I could easily spend hours going through their stuff!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  2. What a fresh and tasty salad. I like it very much. I've never used yellow sqash for a salad, it's interesting. Thanks for the suggestion, hope you have a great we

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  3. Wow, that salad looks gorgeous! Wished I had this recipe last week. We bought zucchini and then a co-worker gave us a bunch and I ran out of ideas on how to eat them all.

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  4. Nice .honest clean dish and if you like zuccini lovely plate;)

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  5. This really does sound refreshing!

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  6. Very colorful and looks so tasty.

    All the nuts in there must give it a nice crunch. I love the honey and lemon together. I use that combination in a lot of my marinades.

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  7. That really is a wonderful summer salad!!

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  8. love your new cuts... and love that vinaigrette... I was reading it and immediately thought of using it for a fish marinade as well as salads, sounds just so good... hope you are having a good weekend, hanging by the pool and enjoying some cold refreshments...

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  9. What a gorgeous salad, Claudia! I wish Bill wasn't so anti-zucchini...I could just make a batch for my lunch, though :)

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  10. Such a beautiful preparation for squash! I adore zucchini and your delicious salad!

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  11. Lovely combination, I was looking for a new recipe to use all of the fresh zucchini and squash that I have. Thanks for sharing this one!

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  12. Isn't it great to be able to enjoy zucchini again. Yours sounds simply wonderful.
    Happy Friendship Day to you, Claudia. & have a fabulous day!
    Blessings, Kristy

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  13. This is so lovely. I just want to dig right in to this.

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  14. What a beautiful dish,the flavors go wonderful together, wish I could taste a bite right now.

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  15. How pretty! You do have an artistic flair. Have a great day.

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  16. How lovely! A perfect little salad for this time of year.

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  17. This is really healthy and beautiful! Nice plate full of goodness..you did great job Claudia as always!

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  18. This looks SO tasty and fresh - wonderful!

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  19. Hey, this is great. You can use a swivel potato peeler to replicate the zucchini ribbons, although a mandoline is terrific.

    Keep it up, love it.

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  20. This sounds very good & congrats on making it to the top 9! I just spent 5 minutes playing with Maukie :)

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  21. Congrats Claudia on this dish. Boy your pictures are looking awesome!

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  22. What gorgeous photos of such a lovely fresh garden veggie salad, Claudia! I love this kind of late summer salad!

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  23. What a gorgeous presentation and a perfect fresh summer dish...beautiful!

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