Zucchini Salad with Mint and Provençal Rosemary Almonds

by Julie Horton - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Spring comes and you innocently plant not one but two zucchini plants in the garden – after all, one could die. Well, the time of reckoning has arrived! You now have 5 to 8 ripe zucchini coming in daily and you fear that your alternatives for getting rid of all of it are running out. Co-workers are beginning to avoid you and your bags of zucchini, zucchini cakes and breads. We understand the desperation and though we don’t have the solution to all of your zucchini problems, we do have a delicious and fresh recipe from France to help.

Pour yourself a glass of white wine, warm a baguette, and enjoy a virtual trip to Provence with your zucchini.  Enjoy the harvest!

Serves 4

Provencal Rosemary Almonds (Optional but highly recommended for the salad or snacking):
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups raw almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a baking sheet with a lip, melt butter. Mix seasoning into the butter, and then toss in almonds. Bake seasoned nuts for about 10-12 minutes, stirring once, until toasted and fragrant. Remove from heat and serve warm or at room temperature.

Salad Ingredients:
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
3 medium zucchini, chopped
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup packed finely chopped mint leaves
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Toss ingredients together, garnish with the almonds and serve.

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Julie Horton - Julie Horton is the Purveyor of Cycling Adventures at ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. She bicycled in more than 20 countries on a year long, self-supported bicycle tour around the world, which covered more than 14,000 miles. Her career in the adventure travel industry began back in 1994 when she started leading hiking tours in the USA, Europe, and far flung locations like Nepal and Thailand. After 10 years on the trail her desire to get back on the road led her to ExperiencePlus! in 2004. Her passion for traveling by bicycle and sharing the possibilities and plans with our travelers makes her "work" at ExperiencePlus! fun and gratifying. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for traveling by bike with each of you and hearing of your adventures. Email Julie(at)