Zucchini Crudo

zucchini crudo

This holiday season we’ve been balancing feasts of gluttony with jaunts to the gym, putting our P90X and Insanity workout videos to good use. This zucchini crudo is light, refreshing, yet tasty and perfect to cleanse the palate and purge the recent heavy indulgences of holiday meals. A crudo is classically an Italian dish of raw fish marinated in olive oil, salt, and citrus juice but in this case, raw vegetables make for a unique substitution.  Marinating raw vegetables in citrus is a great healthy alternative and enhances the natural flavors of the vegetables.  Here we’re using Korean zucchini (ho bak) but you can use any variety or even seedless cucumbers.

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Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, carefully slice the zucchini and onions as thinly as possible. Juice  limes/lemons and marinated zucchini and onions in covered mixing bowl for about 1/2 hr in the fridge.

zucchini crudo

Drain the lime/lemon juice and plate zucchini and onions on serving platter. Scatter fresh herbs and cheese. Drizzle with a good olive oil and season with finishing sea salt or fleur de sel (tip: sprinkle high above the platter, about 2 ft for even spread) to taste.

zucchini crudo

Serve this in a large platter for a crowd. Simple, refreshing, and a perfect respite for the typical heavy holiday season meals.

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zucchini crudo

Zucchini Crudo

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 limes or lemons
sea salt or finishing salt such as fleur de sel
extra virgin olive oil
feta or ricotta cheese
favorite fresh herbs such mints, basil, or shiso coarsely chopped

Directions:

Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, carefully slice the zucchini and onions as thinly as possible. Juice limes/lemons and marinated zucchini and onions in covered mixing bowl for about 1/2 hr in the fridge.

Drain the lime/lemon juice and plate zucchini and onions on serving platter. Scatter fresh herbs and cheese. Drizzle with a good olive oil and season with finishing sea salt or fleur de sel (tip: sprinkle high above the platter, about 2 ft for even spread) to taste.

adapted from Kiss My Spatula

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5 Responses to “Zucchini Crudo”

  1. 1

    Kim — November 30, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    Looks delicious! But I'd probably have to have about 4 of those beautiful platters to fill up. :) Sigh…

    [K]

    P.S. Would you guys recommend the P90X?

  2. 2

    Joy — November 30, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    So fresh and elegant! Perfect for the oppressive weather we are having here in Melbourne!

  3. 3

    Norma — December 1, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Simplicity and elegance all rolled into one.

  4. 4

    Fresh Local and Best — December 13, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    You guys dislplay great knife skills with the uniform razor thin slices. This crudo looks like quite a treat.

  5. 5

    Kung Food Panda — December 30, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    This was truly refreshing, especially with the pom!

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