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French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgettes)

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgettes) is a light, fresh and summery salad that makes for the perfect side dish.  Ribbons of zucchini meet with fresh mint, garlic and natural yoghurt in this super simple 5 minute recipe.

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

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Do you ever come across those recipes that just make you feel good?

Those that bring back memories of good times?

Of breathing in fresh country air, enjoying the warmth of the setting sun, of indulging in good food and good wine with new friends?

That is just what this quick and simple salad does for us.

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

Well, I guess it kinda was a pretty good day, too. 😛

We’d just spent the afternoon in the countryside of France, sipping gorgeous whites and reds at Terroir Feely Wines, chatting with the winery’s lovely owners Caro and Sean, and their two children Sophia and Ellie.

Afterwards, we got stuck into their kitchen to try our hands at a few French recipes.

With boxes full of fresh vegetables from the garden and locally sourced produce on all sides, we had plenty of options ahead of us.

But what to choose?

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

Caro had a tasting room full of wine glasses to tidy before the next busy day, so she left us to our own devices with a glass or two of wine and a few suggestions to help us on our way:

(I can still hear her enthusiasm now.)

“How about grating the courgettes and mixing with some natural organic yoghurt from the nearby farm?”

“Or what about throwing together a salad of grated carrot and apple? And ooh! How about we add some cilantro?”

“Wait, maybe you can mix this cured duck breast with some ash rolled goat cheese and fresh homegrown lettuce from the garden..”

“Yes. Good. Excellent! That sounds lovely!”

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

Ecstatic chopping, grating (and sipping) commenced as we set about creating the most refreshing salads we could possibly think of to battle the afternoon heat.

So without further ado here is our first creation, a quick and easy French Zucchini Salad aka Salade de Courgettes.

French Zucchini Salad

Despite its small ingredients list, this zucchini salad packs in heaps of bright, fresh flavours. Why wouldn’t it, with mint, garlic and yoghurt on hand to amp things up?

It’s a perfectly cooling recipe for a warm summer day, or basically anytime that you want to feel really good about eating something delicious AND healthy.

Be sure to use a high-quality natural yoghurt for the best texture and flavour, and don’t forget to serve with crusty bread, natural butter and a glass or two of chilled white wine.

French Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

Leftover yoghurt on hand? Whip up this Turkish Yoghurt Drink (Ayran) in LESS than 5 minutes. Its flavour twist is bound to surprise you! Looking for more delicious French recipes? Why not try this addictive Honey Baked Camembert with Bacon & Rosemary.

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French Zucchini Summer Salad (Courgettes Salade)
 
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It's hot, and the last thing you want to do is slave away in the kitchen. Here's a summer salad recipe sure to impress, full of delicious cooling zucchini, mint and farm-fresh yoghurt.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: French
Ingredients
  • 2 large zucchinis, thinly sliced or grated
  • 100 ml natural yoghurt (adjust according to desired texture (ie not too runny)
  • 1 handful mint, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place grated zucchini into a large serving bowl.
  2. Mix through the mint, garlic and enough yoghurt so that the desired texture is reached. The salad mixture should stick together nicely without being too runny.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

French Raw Zucchini Salad (Salade de Courgette) - A light and fresh recipe, perfect for a summer's afternoon. Ready in 5 minutes, it's side dish perfectly matched to a heavy meal. Vegetarian | wandercooks.com

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  • Marina
    14/09/2016 at 5:45 am

    Looks amazing!

    • Wandercooks
      28/09/2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Marina!

  • Keith @ How's it Lookin?
    28/04/2016 at 5:33 am

    Looks so good. I never had a salad like this, thanks for sharing

    • Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:40 am

      Keen to hear what you think Keith!

  • Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
    27/04/2016 at 11:55 pm

    It sounds like a lovely time, and that salad would be awesome on a hot summer day!!

    • Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:37 am

      You’ve got no idea how fun it was after so long without access to a kitchen haha. We were getting a bit twitchy by that stage haha. 😛

  • Cristie | Little Big H
    27/04/2016 at 9:15 pm

    I love simple food without a hundred ingredients so I love this so much. Making asap.

    • Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:35 am

      Yay, hope you enjoy Cristie. It’s so handy to have recipes like this on hand for a quick meal or an easy side dish.

  • Meeta
    27/04/2016 at 8:46 pm

    Zucchini is the best! I love how versatile they are and how they can be eaten raw or cooked, sweet or savory. A fantastic easy summer salad!

    • Wandercooks
      27/04/2016 at 9:07 pm

      Very true Meeta. We haven’t eaten zucchini raw very much at all, so this is a great recipe for us to have on hand when we don’t feel like cooking haha.

  • Ronda
    27/04/2016 at 8:31 pm

    What a delicious way to use up all the zucchini from my garden this summer. Fresh and lite for a long, hot summer.

    • Wandercooks
      27/04/2016 at 9:06 pm

      That’s great Ronda! So glad we could assist in getting those zucchini’s used up. Enjoy!

  • Diana
    27/04/2016 at 4:10 pm

    I love such simple and fresh salads! Very easy and delicious!

    • Wandercooks
      27/04/2016 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Diana!

  • Mica @ Let's Taco Bout It Blog
    27/04/2016 at 3:05 pm

    This looks fantastic. Very fresh!

    • Wandercooks
      27/04/2016 at 3:54 pm

      Absolutely, such a refreshing dish for a hot summer’s day! 🙂

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