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Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil

Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

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Let the countdown to summer begin! We officially only have 5 weeks until school is out for summer here in So Cal and I can hardly wait. I am already planning long, leisurely beach days with the kids and lots of al fresco dining with friends and family.

Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

I swear there just isn’t anything more relaxing than dining in the open air! When the weather is hot and I am yearning to get outdoors I have a few go-to, no cook recipes that are easy to make, but so delicious that my friends and family think I slaved away in the kitchen all day. This Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad totally fits the bill – easy, fast and boy does it make a delicious impression!

Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

The only thing that could potentially wreck my summertime vibes after a day full of great food, friends and sun would be a mountain of dishes to haul home and wash. So, this year I am making things a bit easier on myself and keeping a stash of Chinet® Classic White™ plates and napkins on hand in our picnic basket.

Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

The convenience that comes with a short cut like paper plates used to leave me with a bit of guilt, but I don’t even feel bad about taking the convenient route now knowing that the Chinet® products I am packing are eco-friendly and compostable! All I have to worry about is relaxing and having a good time, bring on summer!

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Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad by @beardandbonnet on www.beardandbonnet.com

Easy Zucchini Carpaccio with Spinach and Basil Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, coarsely grated
  • 1½ tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 large basil leaves, chiffonade
Instructions
  1. With a mandolin, slice the zucchini into thin rounds. Place the slices into a large colander set over a bowl and toss with ¾ teaspoon salt; leave uninterrupted for 20 minutes to drain.
  2. Rinse the slices well, drain and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the spinach and basil. Toss gently to combine then sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle 1 ½ tablespoons oil and lemon juice over the greens and toss together.
  4. Arrange the greens on a platter and top with the zucchini. Sprinkle the remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, lemon zest, red pepper flakes and chiffonade basil over the top. Serve immediately.
 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.