Zucchini Summer Salad with Mint and Feta

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I wasn’t a big zucchini fan. I never liked it raw. Probably because my mother used to swap it in for cucumbers thinking us kids wouldn’t notice. And I quit ordering it when I ate out because too often it arrived overcooked and mushy.

So when my girlfriend told me she was making a cold zucchini salad to go with dinner last week, I can’t say that I was excited. But being polite, I knew I’d try it anyway. I was really surprised. The thinly sliced zucchini wilts a little once it is dressed, but retains some crunch, making the dish light and refreshing.

The next night at home, I tried to recreate her salad. And now I may be a little obsessed. I served it with steaks one night and grilled lamb chops on another. Tonight I can’t wait to have it with salmon.

For two servings, you’ll need:

1 large zucchini thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
4 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1½ Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1½ Tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss until evenly coated. I do this about 15 minutes before I want to serve it.

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