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15 Jul courgette salad

Courgettes really mark summer for me. It’s about this time of year that my friends with green fingers begin to graciously offer their overspill of courgettes to me. They seem to grow quite ferociously in city allotments and country patches alike. For a gardener, I believe, this success is met with equal measures of enthusiasm and ennui. Even though they’re a lovely vegetable, it can be hard to come up with new recipes to keep up with supply. So, for my gardening friends, here are two fresh ways with courgettes, to keep things simple yet interesting.

Courgette Salad

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This salad doesn’t hide the courgette under the flavours of other vegetables; instead it

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients

1 medium sized courgette

Large handful of rocket

2 tablespoons of green pesto

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Half a teaspoon of chilli flakes

Pinch of salt and pepper

Method

  1. Wash and slice courgette into thin rounds.
  1. Arrange the courgettes on a serving plate. Dot the rocket around the courgette, making sure to not cover the courgettes too much – we really want to show them off here.
  1. Drizzle the pesto evenly around the plate.
  1. Drizzle the salad with the honey and olive oil.
  1. Finish with a sprinkling of chilli flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve immediately, with some slices of toasted, crusty bread slathered in ricotta cheese.

 

Storecupboard essential

Pesto: Though technically pesto lives in the fridge, I consider it a storecupboard staple. I might have a jar of homemade pesto knocking around for a week or two, or maybe a pot from The Happy Pear (www.thehappypear.ie). Great for sandwiches, quick pasta suppers and drizzling on salads.

This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on 9th July

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