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Raw and Charred Zucchini Salad
© John Kernick

Raw and Charred Zucchini Salad

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

When zucchini is at its freshest and most plentiful, make this salad; the feta, pine nuts, fresh herbs and tomatoes are all fantastic with it.

  1. 2 cups finely diced crustless country bread
  2. 3 garlic cloves, halved
  3. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the grill
  4. 1 ancho chile, stemmed and seeded
  5. 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  6. Salt
  7. Freshly ground pepper
  8. 2 1/2 pounds mixed zucchini and yellow summer squash
  9. 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves, torn
  10. 1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley
  11. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  12. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  13. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  14. 5 ounces feta, crumbled (1 cup)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. On a baking sheet, toss the bread and garlic with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Bake for 20 minutes, until the bread is lightly golden; transfer to a bowl and crush.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, cover the ancho with water and microwave for 1 minute. Let stand for 5 minutes. Scrape the ancho flesh from the skin and add to the bread with the pine nuts; mash until moist crumbs form. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Light a grill. Using a wide vegetable peeler, thinly slice one-third of the zucchini and summer squash into ribbons and refrigerate. Cut the rest into 1/4-inch rounds and transfer to a bowl; toss with 3 tablespoons of the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until lightly charred, 5 minutes; return to the bowl. Add the ribbons, mint, parsley and tomatoes and toss.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice with the remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the salad. Add the feta and toss again. Sprinkle with the pine nut crumbs. Serve.

Suggested Pairing

Generous, fruit-forward Italian rosé.