Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Griddled courgette, mozzarella & mint salad with a pesto, lemon & yogurt dressing

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Griddled courgette, mozzarella & mint salad with a pesto, lemon & yogurt dressing

Griddled courgette, mozzarella & mint salad with a pesto, lemon & yogurt dressing


Griddled courgette, mozzarella and mint salad with a zingy pesto, lemon and yogurt dressing. A seasonal spring recipe perfect for a simple vegetarian lunch or dinner dish. It also makes a delicious vegetable side dish for spring time barbecues and picnics.

I have an abundance of fresh mint in my garden here at De Tout Coeur Limousin during the spring and summer and love adding it to my recipes. Mint is a perfect match with courgette and contrasts so well with the creamy mozzarella too.

A seasonal springtime salad. Bon appetit! 


preparation and cooking time: 40-45 minutes (including 30 minutes waiting time) 
serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish

ingredients:

2 courgettes cut diagonally into 1cm thick slices
1 ball mozzarella sliced (about 125g)
1 handful fresh chopped mint
1 tbsp rapeseed/olive oil
salt and pepper

pesto, lemon zest & yogurt dressing:

2 tbsp pesto
2 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp honey
zest & juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper

method:

brush the sliced courgettes with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Fry/grill for a few minutes until golden on both sides. Don't cook them too much though, you still want the courgettes to retain a bit of crunch to contrast with the soft mozzarella cheese.

whisk together the pesto, yogurt, honey, zest and juice of lemon, salt and pepper before dressing the courgette, mozzarella and mint. Best left to stand for about 30 minutes and served at room temperature to give the flavours a chance to develop.


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17 comments:

  1. Loving this combination of flavors and looking forward to trying this. Pinned!

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    1. thank you Regina - will definitely be making it again.

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  2. Love the look of this, some great flavours

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    1. thanks so much Alison, and healthy too :)

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  3. Delicious, tasty flavours! Thanks for linking up x

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    1. thank you - great for sunny days and picnics :)

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  4. This looks like my kind of recipe - LOVE mozzaarella and mint but don't think I've ever had them together :-O

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    1. Thanks so much Samantha - can definitely recommend the combination - it works well together. Let me know if you give it a go :)

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  5. I just want to tuck in! Thanks for submitting it to Meat Free Mondays. I did of course feature it. Fab photos! Stumbled, pinned and yummed.

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    1. thanks so much - look forward to making it again soon...hopefully with homegrown courgettes this time ;)

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  6. I've been meaning to grow some mint in my garden for ages as I love it in salads and smoothies but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I promised my 5-year-old a few weeks back that we'd go and buy a few fruit and veg to grow in the garden, so I'll have to add mint to my shopping list.

    I tend to use mint with feta so it'll be interesting to see how it goes with mozzarella.

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    1. Our mint grows really well, have several patches around the garden. Love it. This would be great with feta too - or any fresh white cheese to complement the zingy mint and lemon in the dressing.

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  7. So many bright and zingy flavours going on in this salad, I know I'd love to tuck into a bowl of this. I'm off to a friend's BBQ this week so will have to make this to take with me... it just sounds too good not to! Thanks again for hooking up with Simple and in Season :-)

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    1. thanks so much Katie - would definitely be great to take along to a bbq or picnic.

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  8. Thanks for your submission to NCR. Lovely. I always enjoy mint and grow it when in season.

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    1. you are very welcome. Luckily we love mint and there is so much of it in the garden at the moment - and grows back so quickly too. Beautiful flavours :)

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  9. I really like the fresh perspective you did on the issue. I will be back soon to check up on new posts! Thank you!
    recipe for pesto

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