Summer is zucchini time, what some call summer squash (as opposed to winter squash). Any amateur gardener knows how prolific the little suckers can be. Thus we have an abundance of zucchini, and an abundance of hot weather. Combine the two for better affect when the humidity is high, and you got Zucchini Salad.
Initially, when I prepared zucchini salad I would use regular mayonnaise and, maybe, a touch of olive oil. Then I discovered Herb Mayonnaise and the rest, as they say, is history. With a crusty loaf of bread and a good white wine or even a rosé, and you have a great summer meal. Buen Gusto.
1 pound zucchini, peeled and coarsely grated
Salt to taste (optional)
Herb Mayonnaise (see below)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill or ¼ teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried
Fresh black pepper to taste
- Spread grated zucchini on 3 layers of paper towels, sprinkle with salt and let stand 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, prepare Herb Mayonnaise by stirring together all ingredients in a large bowl. Add zucchini to herb mixture and stir to mix. Spoon into a serving dish and serve.
Yield: 4 servings.