the most obnoxious vegetable

Every year, summer rolls around and zucchini and squash take over the town. They are hawked at the farmers market as the vendors desperately try to get rid of their endless supply before it can rot, they are displayed  front and center at every super market with signs screaming sale, and they weezle their way into practically every seasonal recipe.

Thus, I get annoyed with zucchini and especially summer squash.

Like everyone else, I had a massive zucchini that I didn’t want to just waste and throw away, so I set out on a mission to make it taste delicious. I wanted that damn mutantly-huge zucchini to taste so good that I would forget it was 99% water and 1% cellulose. And did I succeed? Why yes. Yes, I did.

zucchini salad with fresh herbs and feta cheese

who are you and why do you taste so good? 

Recipe: Makes 3-4 servings

1 large zucchini

3 sprigs parsley, chopped

1 tsp dill

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

dash cumin

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Directions – Chop the zucchini into cubes. Finely chop the parsley and dill (or you can use dried dill). Toss the zucchini with the parsley, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Fold in feta cheese and enjoy!

simple and delicious

Benefits

Zucchini * this veggie is high in vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, potassium, and beta caroteen! It is also high in fiber and eerily low in calories

Dill * aids in digestion, is a relaxant, can help ease insomnia, and contains the antioxidants monoterpenes, which protect against cancer!

Lemon * a great source of vitamin C. Lemons are also said to help aid in digestion by stimulating the secretion and activation of certain enzymes!

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18 thoughts on “the most obnoxious vegetable

  1. Haha, this made me laugh and I can totally relate! Our garden is producing SO much zucchini and I just can’t keep up. I’m running out of ways to use it and friends to give it away to! Thanks for a new recipe though. I’ll have to try it 🙂

  2. I recommend zucchini stir-fried with cumin (+other spices) and coconut milk!! I’ve done it with some mung beans and onions before, it turned out so awesome!!!
    I don’t like the yellow summer squash though – I think it’s rather tasteless. I prefer cucumber or celery, lol.

  3. I looove zucchini and squash season! My favorite use is chopping them up and mixing them with black beans and corn, then stuffing them in corn tortillas for veggie enchiladas. Yummm. I also love marinating squash+zuke slices in a mixture of olive oil, lemon, rosemary, s+p, then grilling them on the good ol’ George Foreman.

    This salad looks great, but I’ll probably grill or roast the zukes before chopping them up — the texture of raw zucchini freaks me out for some reason. Btw I can totally relate to your “huge zucchini” issue… my parents tried to pawn one off on me from their garden that was the size of my calf (leg, that is, not baby cow, but you probably deduced that).

  4. ugh, zucchini is one vegetable that I can honestly say I hate… though I have a feeling I probably could tolerate it snuck in to a loaf of sweet bread 😉

  5. Zucchini is SO obnoxious at this time of year! Well put. Alaina’s blog, Everyday Sweetness, has a ton of zucchini muffin recipes if you’re looking for something sweet to make from it 🙂

    This recipe looks delicious! I love the addition of cumin – it reminds me of the flavors of charmoula.

  6. Nice new layout!

    I feel the exact same way about squash. Though i LOVE zucchinis ( i eat them mixed into my scrambled eggs every monday – friday all year round. seriously) they have been popping up EVERYWHERE recently, specially summer squash. I get my veggies from a CSA and each week we only get what’s fresh and don’t have much of a say, and recently they give us 3-4 huge ones / week. They’re tasty but it’s come to the point I put them in everything just to use them before they rot and i’m getting a litttleee sick of them. I just make a big batch with olive oil and thyme and then mix it into whatever I’m eating. the bell pepper season though – that i can’t get sick of 🙂

  7. I’m not the biggest zucchini lover either so I find myself throwing it in everything just so I can get rid of it! Love the feta sprinkled all over this. Makes it super edible.

  8. I usually revert into zucchini bread making mode…but it is too hot for my oven right now! I like this idea though.. cheese makes vegetables taste AMAZING. Thank you for sharing with me, my friend! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. As always…this looks delicious (and I’m sure it tastes even better)!

  9. Uh oh..now I’m having an intense zucchini craving.
    This is the PERFECT summer meal, so refreshing from the cool zucchini! 🙂
    I wonder if vegan cheese would work in place of the feta in this recipe?

  10. Oh gosh, zucchini has been exploding everywhere. Zucchini brownies, zucchini spaghetti, zucchini bread.. ❤
    Anything with feta cheese on it is delicious, haha!

  11. awesome- will have to try this. i bought some zucchini a while back, tried it, didn’t like it. gave up and baked it into chocolate zucchini cake. this looks a lot healthier

  12. Aww, no love for the zuke? He’s a trooper! I love to spiralize it and stick in stirfrys. It tastes delish when cooked with sausage, tomato paste, and some cajun seasoning.It’s a great filler too. And some of the really big ones can double as assault weapons.

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