Monday, May 6, 2013

Meatless Monday: Shaved Zucchini Salad

Since it's been warm, I haven't been feeling much like cooking.  This is a simple salad that's perfect for a warm day.  I served it on a bed of freshly picked leaf lettuce.

Shaved Zucchini Salad
Serves: 6 

1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 small lemon (about 2-3 Tbsp of juice)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 lb. medium zucchini, ends trimmed
1/2 c. basil, coarsely chopped
1/4 c. toasted pine nuts
Parmesan cheese (optional - for sprinkling)

1) Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Set aside.

2) Using a vegetable peeler (working from top to bottom of each zucchini), slice zucchini into ribbons (about 1/16 inch thick).  Place ribbons in a large bowl.  Add basil and pine nuts.  Add dressing and toss to coat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  

3) Serve as is or top on a bed of lettuce.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (optional).

Harvest Monday 5/6/13

This weekend we had amazing weather.  Highs have been in the low to mid-80's.  On Wednesday night, we had a frost warning.  Temperatures dipped to 32 degrees overnight.  Luckily all my plants survived the freeze.  

This week in the garden I picked more greens.  My overwintered Swiss chard plants are starting to bolt.  I picked most of the leaves but haven't had the heart to pull the plants yet.  They'll likely have to go next week.  

I planted my first crop of spinach in between my broccoli plants and they've given me a lot of spinach thus far, however they are quickly being squeezed out by the now fast growing broccoli.  This maybe one of my last harvests until I can plant more spinach.
I also picked more leave lettuce.  I love this Merlot variety.  It's very pretty!!

Happy Harvest!!

This week's totals:
  - Spinach = 0.19 lb
  - Swiss Chard = 2.98 lb
  - Lettuce = 0.57 lb