Zucchini and Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Summertime and zucchini just seem to go together – like peaches and cream!  And it’s so versatile – there’s zoodles and stuffed zucchini – grilled with garlic and steamed with tomatoes – and then there is the delicate flavor of the raw zucchini gently wrapped in a bright vinaigrette and tossed with the nutty taste of arugula.  Are you hungry yet??  Well, I hope so – and here is a delightfully refreshing salad to awaken your taste buds and fill your belly!

Look good?  And it’s so easy to make…

What you need:

  • 3 Meyer lemons**
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon pine nuts
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 cups fresh arugula
  • 2-3 green onions (scallions) sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

**Any lemons will work, but Meyer lemons are not quite as tart.


How to Do it:

First make the vinaigrette.

Juice the lemons and pour into a food processor.

I like to juice lemons with a citrus reamer. Just make sure you strain out the seeds.

Add the basil, water and 1 teaspoon of pine nuts.  Pulse until it is all blended.  Turn the processor on and slowly pour in the olive oil.  Run until blended.  Remove to a small bowl.

Next make the salad, slice the zucchini super thin – as thin as you can cut it.

Toss the arugula and green onion with the zucchini and place on four plates.  Top each plate with ½ tablespoon of pine nuts, a couple of tablespoons of feta, and some of the vinaigrette.   Add black pepper to taste.

Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings


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6 Responses to Zucchini and Arugula Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

  1. ohhh this looks so bright and refreshing!

  2. I lOOOOOOOVE arugala. This one is definitely getting made.

  3. Hil says:

    I LOVE arugula!!! This looks super tasty!! I would so eat this :)

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