Shaved Fennel and Zucchini Salad

November 03, 2011

Originally posted September 22, 2011 on pritiFOOD.

Shaved Fennel & Zucchini Salad (4-6 ppl)

If you love salads, you’re going to LOVE this recipe that I found on Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101cookbooks.com. For those of you that might not be huge salad fans, this salad is different…. It’s hearty, flavorful and really easy to make! Definitely worth trying!

If you’re using a knife to prep here, do your best to slice things very, very thinly – not quite see through thin, but close. Mandolins are always a nice alternative.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium-large zucchini, sliced into paper thin coins
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
  • 2/3 cup loosely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1/4- 1/2 tsp salt; or to taste ( I prefer PInk Himalayan Salt)
  • 4 or 5 generous handfuls arugula
  • honey/ agave, if needed
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds (you can use pine nuts, walnuts, whatever you like. Just remember to toast, it adds more flavor.)
  • 1/3 cup rennet-free feta cheese, crumbled
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine the zucchini, fennel and dill in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Set aside and let it marinate for 20 minutes, or up to an hour.
  2. When you are ready to serve the salad, put the arugula in a large bowl.
  3. Scoop all of the zucchini and fennel onto the arugula, and pour most of the lemon juice dressing on top of that. Toss gently but thoroughly. Taste and adjust with more of the dressing, olive oil, lemon juice, or salt if needed. If the lemons were particularly tart, you may need to counter the pucker-factor by adding a tiny drizzle of honey into the salad at this point. Let your taste buds guide you.

VEGAN NOTES

  • You can substitute the feta with this Vegan Feta recipe: (1 cup Crumbled Tofu, with 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. You can also replace some of tofu with avocado or richer cheese consistency.)

GLUTEN FREE NOTES

  • This is completely GF! Yeah!

YOGIC COOKING NOTES

  • Dill is a great aid in digestion which is always good when eating raw foods.
  • A little bit of grated fresh ginger put in the dressing would also help with digestion and mix with the dill nicely.
  • Kapha body times can eliminate the feta cheese in order to avoid possible congestion.



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