Zucchini is a wonderful vegetable (for some reason I wanted to write 'fruit'. It's one of those things that kind of don't taste like anything on their own, but add the necessary mellowness to many things. Soups, stews, muffins, pasta dishes. Probably my favorite way to eat zucchini is the way my mom's been making it ever since we were kids. Coated in egg and flour and pan fried with garlic, topped with some cheese. YUM.
But a little while ago I decided that griddle-fried zucchini would also make a lovely addition to a nice and filling dinner salad.
Grilled zucchini and chicken salad (Suvekõrvitsa ja kana salat):
1 large, very ripe tomato
4 thick slices of a large zucchini
freshly ground black pepper, sea salt and crushed cumin seeds
some oil for frying
some roast chicken (a breast for example or meat from 2 thighs)
2 hard boiled eggs
1 tbsp of mayo
1 small shallot
fresh salad leaves
fresh basil leaves for serving
Boil the eggs and chop the onion.
Heat the oil in a griddle pan, season the zucchini slices with salt, pepper and cumin seeds and fry on both sides until almost tender.
Cover the boiled eggs with cold water, then peel and thinly dice (or mash with a fork). Mix the egg with the diced onion and the mayo.
Lay out the salad leaves, then a big fat juicy slice of the tomato. Top with the sizzling zucchini slices, some cold roast chicken and a dollop of egg salad.
Decorate with fresh basil and enjoy.
And now to the award. Lovely Sophie, from Sophies Foodiefiles gave me the compliment of 'One Lovely Blog Award'. I'm so pleased. Obviously :).