Cooking and quilting. These are a few of my favorite things. In heaven I am hoping that folks get to do whatever they love doing. If I am right, you will find me cooking and quilting.
This salad was created for a friend of mine who is a joy to quilt with. She has exhibited her quilts in international festivals and was once offered $10,000 for a quilt, AND turned it down. Her quilts are like her children to her – unique and priceless. She spent hundreds of hours helping me hand quilt a quilt when my precious daughter Amy got married a few years ago, and I will be eternally grateful for her loving service. We have been fast friends ever since. Beautiful bonding happens in the kitchen and at a quilt frame.
So, last week I decided to blanch some veggies, including zucchini ribbons, and make her a quilt block salad. Zucchini is one of my favorite things to work with – so versatile. Did you know that zucchini is not a vegetable, but an immature fruit? That’s right – it’s a part of a zucchini plant’s flower, so botanically it’s a fruit! And a nutrition powerhouse, too.
You can make this easy salad in just about 10 minutes. Just slice zucchini into long ribbons, blanch for just a few seconds, arrange with a few colorful veggies, and drizzle on some vinaigrette. Then, sit back and wait for the oooh’s and ahhh’s! Oh yeah, they will come. Guaranteed.
— posted by Donna
ZUCCHINI QUILT BLOCK SALAD
2 small zucchini – 6 to 8 inches long and 1 inch in diameter
2 small yellow squash, 6 to 8 inches long and 1 inch in diameter
Red, orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch rings
A few green onions, cut on the bias
A few cherry tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons favorite vinaigrette – I used a balsamic vinaigrette
Bring some salted water to a boil.
Slice zucchinis lengthwise into planks about 1/4 inch thick. Blanch in boiling water for about 20 to 30 seconds, until just softened but not mushy. Remove and shock in cold water.
Arrange zucchini in a lattice pattern, forming a square on a salad plate. Arrange other veggies on top of square, to look like a quilt block.
Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve. Makes 2 salads.
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Zucchini Ribbon Salad, Two Peas and Their Pod
Zucchini Carpaccio Salad, Kalyn’s KItchen
Zucchini Noodle Salad, The Vintage Mixer
Zucchini Chopped Salad, Family Fresh Cooking
Orzo and Zucchini Salad, Stylish Cuisine