I can happily admit and say that I grew up eating this marvellous and delicious vegan and gluten-free courgette salad.
My childhood was fulfilled with dishes like this one and both my grandmother and my mum were making this salad and similar dishes very often during summer.
I loved it then and I still do, well, now I love it twofold: firstly because of its deliciousness and secondly, for all the lovely childhood memories this brings back! I do miss my childhood but I am certain that we all do from time to time.
Is this really a summer dish?
So, yes, this zucchini or courgette salad was, to me, a summer holiday signature side dish, along with a few other summer recipes.
I deem courgette salads as a summer dish, even though the availability of this vegetable nowadays makes it an all-year-round recipe.
Since courgettes are in full season and full glory during summer, I strongly believe we should enjoy their full flavours when they are in season. No one can argue that any fruit or veg has the best nutritional benefits during peak season. Yummy!
The last time I have made this courgette salad recipe I did use frozen chopped courgette/ zucchinis which I greedily buy sometimes and realise all of a sudden I have too many of.
I was also going on holiday so I did freeze the remaining ones for later use. By freezing them you will prevent waste but it also preserves the quality and freshness.
Frozen courgettes will taste amazing but I definitely recommend cooking them straight from frozen and not attempt defrosting them.
You decide entirely how to cut the courgettes. I leave it entirely up to you whether you chop them into chunks or slice them lengthwise the result will be exactly the same taste-wise with a slight difference in the aspect of the actual salad.
Please try this courgette salad!
It’s absolutely amazing as a side dish to a beautiful BBQ or to any fried meat or fish. If you want to keep it vegan just enjoy it on a toasted slice of sourdough or any homemade toasted (for a nice crisp) bread.
If you followed some of my recipes you would have probably noticed that I do love my garlic and quite a bit of it ;-). In this salad, the garlic isn’t even cooked. It’s raw, pure raw delicious garlic which makes this salad so awesome.
Take it from me as a promise that there will be no vampires coming anywhere near you after eating this salad and, please don’t wait till October to have some, have it right away!
But, without any further ado, here’s the recipe.
Other courgette or zucchini recipes you may like
- Baby courgette, chestnut mushrooms and pancetta linguini
- Vegetarian pesto courgette n’ carrot noodles with feta cheese and olives
- Trout with courgette and cauliflower couscous
- Beef zucchini enchiladas
Quick and easy!
Best ever summer courgette salad
- 4 large courgettes
- 1 tsp salt (sea salt or kosher salt or pink Himalayan salt)
- 1-3 cloves garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil (or other oil you prefer)
- 4-5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tbsp cider vinegar
- parsley (optional) for garnishing
- Wash and slice the courgettes lengthwise. Now, as I mentioned earlier, just cut the courgettes as you wish as long as they are not big chunks. The pieces/slices should not be thicker than 5 mm. Sprinkle half of the salt and set aside.
- On medium heat, place a frying pan with 1-2 tbsp of cooking oil. I normally don't use olive oil for frying as its smoking point it's quite low. I use grapeseed, avocado, coconut or any other oils that have a high smoking point although here is low heat and shallow frying so realistically, any oil will do. Just make sure the oil doesn't smoke.
- Start shallow frying the courgettes slightly only until it gets a little colour. Cook them in one layer and do not pile them up as they will get all mushy. Cook them little by little. You could grill them too if you have a griddle pan just do that. It is even better.
- Take out the fried zucchini slices and place them in a larger salad bowl. Repeat this until they are all done.
- Set them aside for a few minutes to cool.
- Meanwhile, peel the garlic, smash and chop finely. Use as much garlic as you like.
- In a small bowl, make the vinaigrette by mixing the 2 types of vinegar, salt and finely chopped or mashed garlic.
- Add the vinaigrette to the courgettes and mix every few minutes so that they coat well and will marinade nicely.
- It is ready to serve immediately as this salad can be served both warm or fridge cold. It can last up to 3 days in the fridge. Just add a little vinegar to refresh it if it happens to last and have any for the next day!