Salads are cool, crunchy, and fun to eat. You can customize a salad to include the fruits and vegetables that appeal to you the most, or whichever ones you have on hand. There are so many delicious combinations, that it would be a shame to limit ourselves to only the most common ones. Although we never combined them with red onions (and mint!) before, we love courgettes (zucchini), so it just came naturally to try this salad, when we saw it on the “Good Food magazine”.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
1 small red onion
2 small courgettes (zucchini)
1 lemon (or lime) – the juice and zest
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
Pinch of salt
Slice the onions into very thin rings, salt lightly and poor over the lemon (lime) juice. Leave the onions to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
It’s best to cut the courgettes right before assembling and serving the salad. But if you don’t have the time and need to make your mise en place beforehand, put the cut courgettes in a bowl and cover with little cold water and ice.
When ready to serve, use a vegetable peeler to slice the courgettes into thin ribbons. Don’t forget to pat dry courgettes, if you kept them in water. Put into a bowl with the onion and lemon juice, zest, mint and oil. Carefully toss together and serve.
You can also try this salad with slightly toasted pine nuts or sunflower seeds, sprinkled over the ready salad.