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Tarragon-Roasted Zucchini with Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Mateo Granados's mother's family owned several farms in Oxkutzcab, Mexico, a village known as the orchard of the Yucatan for its output of fruits and vegetables, including summer squash. His mother served calabacita, or zucchini, with queso fresco (a firm, fresh cow's-milk cheese). Granados gives the recipe a Sonoma spin by roasting the zucchini with tarragon and pairing it with goat cheese. You can substitute any variety of summer squash, such as pattypan and crookneck.


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  • Servings: 10

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  • 3 pounds medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup tarragon leaves
  • 2 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced 1/2 inch thick crosswise and separated into rings
  • One 5 1/2-ounce log fresh goat cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup pitted Calamata olives, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place a large roasting pan in the oven and heat until very hot. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini with the tarragon, garlic, sugar and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil into the roasting pan, add the onion rings and roast for 5 minutes, until they are softened. Add the zucchini mixture in an even layer and roast, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until the zucchini is tender and lightly browned in spots. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  3. Add half each of the goat cheese and olives to the zucchini and toss gently. Transfer to a platter, garnish with the remaining goat cheese and olives and serve.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and served at room temperature.

Suggested Pairing

Aromatic white grape varieties like Roussanne and Viognier are a great match for dishes with fragrant herbal notes, like this zucchini salad.

Contributed By Published April 2006

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