About this recipe: A light, yet wonderful summer salad. Baby courgettes are thinly sliced and tossed with onion, red pepper, basil, smoked olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasoning.
Smoked olive oil can be purchased online. If unavailable, use ordinary olive oil.
Such a refreshing, light and seasonal alternative to the typical and heavier potato and pasta salads, and I'm pleased to be the first to review it. Nutritious and guilt-free, not only is this delicious, but it's pretty, colorful, and so simple with its few ingredients that it would complement almost anything. I didn't have smoked olive oil (nor have I ever heard of it to tell you the truth!) so I used the extra virgin olive oil option. Also, I'm not a big fan of balsamic vinegar (generally too heavy and sweet for me) so I substituted fresh lemon juice which for me was perfect. This salad is great as is, but I would be interested to try it with fresh dill or parsley. There are unlimited possibilies, of course, for other additions, but in my view that would just "busy this up" and then it wouldn't be the simple yet perfect salad it is just as written. This will be something I rely on often, since in addition to all the other things it has going for it, it's made from ingredients I readily have on hand. Hope your recipe flys Lizbeth! - 07 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I loved this salad! I did make a modification though, instead of putting raw bell pepper I just roasted the pepper a bit and added it to the salad. - 03 Aug 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Delicious and simple. This is a wonderful way to use up some of those fresh, summer zucchini. It's a great side dish for a summer meal. - 13 Aug 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)