Minted Zucchini Tagliatelle with Cucumber and Lemon

8.31.2012



To anyone else except the FFWD group, this is just a plate piled with unfathomable green and white stuff. To us it´s a lovely salad, Minted Zucchini Tagliatelle with Cucumber and Lemon. In my case it should be zucchini and cucumber tagliatelle because I made faux pasta with both vegetables.

So, say you want to eat healthier and lighter. Well, recipes like this can fool you into feeling you are having a great and succulent meal. For a while at least, then you might dive into the broken potatoes and steak you also made, or the strawberry tart that´s sitting pretty outside in the terrace waiting to be shot for the Sunday post, the same terrace where you´re enthusiastically eating said salad. It is a good recipe mind you, though sweltering weather would probably be mandatory before attempting to have it for lunch. By itself.

I had never made ribbons, though they appear profusely almost everywhere from TV shows to blogs to restaurants. I used a vegetable peeler and it really takes a minute. And they are so cute!

So the zucchini and cucumber tagliatelle first, then some chopped onion, which in my case where green onions, a few gratings of lemon zest (was there a zesting life before the microplane? It doesn´t seem that way), some lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped mint and, in my case, olive oil and chopped toasted pistachios. The original recipe calls for pistachio oil… let´s not even discuss it, shall we?


After looking at the final plate and thinking that I had completely missed some ingredients, which I had not, the final result was crunchy, fresh, just about everything I expected. I had even remembered that it had to stand for 1 hour in the fridge after everything was mixed. 

Well, I completely disagree. I made it twice and the second time I made the ribbons, salted them a bit and left them for half an hour in the fridge. I then drained the extra water, continued with the recipe and ate it immediately. They were much better. Still crunchy and the flavors were all distinguishable and harmonious at the same time. 
No watery mess in the bottom of the plate. And another key ingredient for me was the black pepper. Lots of it. Worked perfectly with the lemon and the nuts.

This is a lovely salad for a summer barbecue. Or to have on top of some quinoa, like Cher suggests.



29 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Paula! I like your addition of pistachios. (It is really good with the quinoa - thanks for the mention)
    Have a great weekend.

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  2. Green and light! It really looks nice and reminds of spring.

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  3. Beautiful salad, but I can't wait for the Strawberry Tart!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Love how fresh and cleansing this looks. A gorgeous summer dish!

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  5. Yes this is definitely a perfect summer salad - I can see all sorts of flavour possibilities that would work here. I added walnuts to mine - liked the texture addition. Happy Weekend!

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  6. I added walnuts to mine - loved the flavour and texture additions. And this is such a versativel salad - love it. Happy weekend!

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  7. I love how light and crunchy this is! I don't mind recipes that leave lots of room for dessert :)

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  8. I don't know why I didn't think of the vegetable peeler, seeing yours make it look perfect. I bought a
    new gadget off the TV for chopping, slicing, etc. awhile back and after trying to slice these zucchinis, I'm
    wondering why I wasted the money. I ended up with short pieces of zucchini and more work to clean up.
    Sometimes the simple way turns out to be the easiest. Your salad looks great and very refreshing. Have
    a great weekend.

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  9. I have tons of mint in my garden - this is a great recipe to use for it.

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  10. Paula, I should have used a vegetable peeler…I used a v-slicer but the strips were still too thick! I was not a fan of this salad. I found it flat and bland. Glad you enjoyed it…I think I’d opt for the strawberry tart! Have a great weekend!

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  11. What a refreshing and beautiful side my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Paula, your salad is lovely. I am glad you enjoyed it. I put lots of peeper on mine too. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Glad you liked it - it looks pretty. This one wasn't for me.

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  14. Maybe if I had made it twice and been nicer to it, I would have developed a liking for this salad. You made so many good excuses for this salad, Paula, and t-r-i-e-d to make it sound good, but it just didn't work for me. There are so many other ways to use those good vegetables but, with this salad, no. Give me the steak and potatoes and strawberry tart anytime.

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  15. Paula, I am glad that you likéd this salad - we loved it! Your Zucchini and Cucumber Salad looks fresh and delicious and sounds just right! I agree, the vegetable peeler was the way to go.

    Have a nice weekend!

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  16. I used a vegetable peeler, too - from reviewing everyone's posts, the peeler seems to get the best results. We enjoyed this salad, but I wish I'd had a strawberry tart waiting for me, too!

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  17. I just love seeing how people change things up a bit. My goal is always to make the recipe as close as possible to the way it is written just so that I can see how the author intended it to be...then the next time I make it I invariably change it up. When I see all these things that people do, it gives great inspiration for making it again soon with some of those change ups! Yours is gorgeous, I love the idea of treating the cucumber as you did.

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  18. Beautfil! I love these kinds of salads and this one looks especially pretty

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  19. I like your take on this salad -I would love this for dinner and probably throw chicken on the grill for my husband who has to have meat with his veggies! I would be very happy to have a salad followed by a strawberry tart, even could skip the salad and go straight to the tart!

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  20. Beautifully done! I did a make up week on Friday instead...and featured the carrot salad~

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  21. I like the idea of turning the cucumber into ribbon, as well as your suggestion to let the veggies sit with just salt for a bit befor tossing it all together. Nice job!

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  22. Vegetable peeler!!! What a great idea! My 'ribbons' were coming out looking like slabs of zucchini so I went with another setting on my contraption that turned it into spaghetti thin strips. I am kicking myself for not thinking of a vegetable peeler! I'm so impressed with that tip!!!
    Great photo!

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  23. Still coping with the desert heat here in Tucson, this is the perfect salad for our Labor Day Monday! Thanks - it looks exactly as you say: light, refreshing and satisfying! ~ David

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  24. I used a mandoline, but my slices were way too wide. I think your technique with the vegetable peeler looks much more effective. Your ribbons actually curled. Mine were more like planks. Nice job!

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  25. I'm glad you enjoyed the salad. I think I might have liked it better using your method - mine was so watery.

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  26. Looks lovely! I love Cutting zucchini like this, It looks so pretty! Yum, Hugs, Terra

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