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courgette, parmesan and parma ham salad

my first courgette has been eaten! i’ve read lots of things about home-grown vegetables tasting so much nicer than bought ones and it was wonderful to be able to put this theory to the test at last.


i decided to take inspiration from a skye gyngell recipe and tossed courgette ribbons and parmesan shavings with some lemon juice and olive oil. i then layered the mixture with some parma ham (courgette, ham, courgette, ham) and topped it off with some mustard leaves which i also grew.


it tasted amazingly good – the courgette itself had a more distinct and “greener” flavour than shop-bought courgettes. this might be due to it being just-picked, slightly smaller than the ones you buy and, obviously, because of the tlc david and i have been giving to our garden as we try and grow some vegetables! the recipe also helped – one courgette made two ample starters and the flavours worked brilliantly together. skye suggests adding crème fraiche as well.


i have a second courgette on its way and can’t wait to try something else with that!


update: i used this same recipe for the second courgette, but added slices of avocado in the middle. much more filling but a good alternative.



Reader Comments (4)

That's a beautiful looking picture. Any ideas about how to make this recipe vegetarian without just having the courgette?
June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy
hi amy, do you eat cheese? how about crumbling some feta or goats cheese between the layers and on top? a heavier version which might be to use fried halloumi and top this with the dressed salad. hope this helps.
June 17, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby
this looks lovely, perfect for a summer day. as for the avocado (in your second trial), didn't it over the courgette flavour? I think I'll stick with the first option :)
June 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Nako
hi alex. the avocado and courgette worked okay - as i mentioned in the post, the homegrown courgettes seem to have a much more defined flavour than the bought ones which, i think, helped.
June 22, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby

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