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by on May 12th, 2013

Zucchini Bowl for Salad

Give any salad a new look.

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Ok, I’m sitting around with nothing better to do than think of a way to use a leftover zucchini and then I happened upon a recipe; not really a recipe but more of a presentation idea I saw in Catering Source magazine. (Seems like there is a theme going here of me sitting around with nothing to do — after doing water aerobics a couple of times a week, gym a couple of times a week, craft circle working on doll houses, laundry, shopping etc. etc. I still do have a lot of time left over to ponder unimportant things like a vessel for a salad.)

I would really like a do-over with the last 20 years. Not that I would change one thing about raising my kids or any other thing I have done but I would like to have more time to travel and take cooking classes. What I always loved about catering was, of course cooking the food, but most of all I loved watching others enjoy what I prepared. Maybe I would be a food-truck owner. I love that idea and if I haven’t said it before, one weekend I want to go to Austin and check out at least 4-5 food trucks and sample their foods until I can’t hold another bite. So far, I have only been to the Flip Happy Crepe Truck and had a delicious Nutella and banana crepe which I may try to make sometime soon.

So back to the salad. My salad this night was lettuce from our lettuce box (see picture below) a few of my French breakfast radishes I planted, a few green onions, some orange sections, baby cucumber and I whipped up a little vinaigrette; topped it with a nasturtium flower and used one of the nasturtium leaves as a base. The vase/bowl itself is made of two zucchini slices I sliced very thin with my mandoline and used a heart pick from Pickonus.com to hold it together. I think it is a very pretty salad container. If you haven’t looked at Pickonus website, take a look, they have some really cute picks that you will not find any place else.

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Use a mandoline to slice your zucchini into thin strips. If you don’t have a mandolin a wide potato peeler may do the trick.

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Use two zucchini strips per bowl.

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Overlap the zucchini and fasten with a pick in the front and the back.  I rested my “bowl” on a nasturtium leaf from my garden. The nasturtium flower is also edible. My heart picks came from Pick On Us.

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I love my lettuce box that my husband build. He’s now going to build me a radish box for my French breakfast radishes. The black trash can you see to the right of the box are potatoes he’s trying to grow.

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So, bottom line is that you can use this little zucchini bowl for a green salad, maybe a chicken salad or even a seafood salad. I love the way the salad looks all perched up in this container.

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1 comment to Zucchini Bowl for Salad

  • lynn

    Hi, I need to remember this. It is beautiful. Since you want to travel more, would love to have you join us on the cruise in October.

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