Friday, 17 December 2021

Spanish Warm Courgette Salad


Spanish Warm Courgette Salad is a lovely and tasty salad that is delicious as main dish or as a side dish. Its packed with healthy ingredients such as courgettes, peppers, cucumber and tossed in olive oil and a crunchy topping of coarsely ground almonds.

What are Courgettes?

Courgettes are also known as Zucchini , they are available the whole year around but in abundance in the summer months. It is  part of the marrow family and also recognised as a summer squash. there are different varieties of courgettes , they come in long cylindrical shapes and round too, The courgettes come in the green variety as well as the yellow variety.

They can be eaten raw in salads and also can be baked, fried and cooked and added to sauces and soups. Zucchini is very versatile and although does not really have a strong favour of its own it is great to add to dishes as it takes on otHer flavours really well. It is really low in fat and cholesterol and has a good source of protein, vitamin A, C and K 

It is best to eat Zucchini that are young with very tender flesh as the more mature ones tend have a very spongy flesh and seeds. Occasionally tey can be bitter but this is rare.

What are Warm Salads?

Warm salads are vegetables that are only partly cooked and still retain their crunch. They are a nice alternative to raw salads especially in the winter months.

What can I substitute instead of Almonds?

You can add any kind of nut such as walnuts or cashew nuts, if you are allergic to nuts you can add pine nuts instead or sunflower seeds.

Dietary Tips

Vegan
Gluten free
Vegetarian

What other recipes can I make with Courgettes?


What not try these delicious Greek Fried Zucchini known as Kolokythakia Tiganita, This is a Greek appetiser dish that is  served in taverns. It is usually part of a meze  platter, served with tzatziki a cucumber yogurt sauce. 



I had this salad on a recent trip to Palma. I went to an Olive farm where they grow and harvest olives. I had the opportunity to sample their olive oils that they used to prepare the lunch dishes. Since I am a vegetarian the chef made me this warm courgette salad, it was so delicious that I had to recreate it at home. 


Coming back to this Spanish Warm Courgette Salad here is the complete recipe below. If you don't have the special courgette shredding/ julienne  knife you can grate the courgette instead.

 


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Author: Nayna Kanabar
Spanish Warm Courgette Salad

Spanish Warm Courgette Salad

This delicious vegan and gluten free Spanish warm courgette salad is super delicious, healthy and full of delicious flavours.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 13 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 courgette
  • 50g Almonds
  • 50g Yellow Capsicum
  • 50g Orange Capsicum
  • 50g Cucumber
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive oil (for whole recipe)
  • 6 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Mint
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsps Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Coarsely grind the almonds
  2. Finely chop the garlic
  3. Finely chop the parsley
  4. Dice the yellow and orange peppers
  5. Dice the cucumber
  6. Julienne the courgettes
  7. In a pan add the oil and warm it up.
  8. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds
  9. Add the courgettes and saute for 1 minute
  10. Add the peppers, tomatoes and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Add the cucumber and toss together
  12. Add the ground almonds toss everything together.
  13. Add the salt, pepper, dried mint, dried oregano and lemon juice.
  14. Add the parsley
  15. Add a drizzle of olive oil
  16. Toss everything together, Serve the salad by drizzling some more olive oil and garnish with more parsley, ground almonds and a lemon wedge.

Notes:

You can substitute the Almonds with any other nuts.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

366.93

Fat (grams)

30.70

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.49

Carbs (grams)

20.76

Fiber (grams)

6.13

Net carbs

14.63

Sugar (grams)

9.52

Protein (grams)

8.54

Sodium (milligrams)

721.33

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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5 comments:

  1. This salad sounds interesting with all the healthy ingredients and the goodness of the almonds. It looks colourful and inviting. Perfect season to try out warm salads.

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  2. I do love courgette. The salad sounds like it's full of flavour and a great healthy meal.

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  3. I don't think I've ever had a warm salad before. But at this time of the year it sounds like a nice alternative x

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  4. It is a mixed weather here between the heat and rains, so this warm salad will be lovely. I love the addition of almonds to it.

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  5. With snow and cold winds, warm and hot food is a requirement at the moment. Love this Spanish Warm Courgette Salad as it is loaded with different herbs. Going to try the recipe out soon as it also is a good way to get more veggies in one's diet. And

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