Salads are in. On their own or as a side dish, they are at the order ofthe day. It is summer, says the weather! This courgette salad couldn’t be easier or more delicious. It has ingredients that everybody loves, is in season and takes almost no time in preparing.
Wash and slice 3 courgettes in sizes of your choice. Place in an ovenproof dish, drizzle liberally with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme and bake at 180 degrees C for about 30 minutes. Leave aside to cool down completely.
Arrange some salad leaves of your choice onto a plate. Add the cold courgette mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, dry roasted pine nuts and serve with a balsamic vinaigrette.
Serve with grilled chicken.
Serves 4 people
Pinch of salt:
Add chopped spring onions to the salad.
Add a handful of chopped mint to the salad and omit the thyme.
Replace the courgettes with asparagus.
Add some cooked sliced chicken for a complete meal.
The courgettes are overflowing in the potager and we eat it every way we can, this time around as a courgette tart. I love salty tarts and this tart is right up my alley. I always have puff pastry in my freezer, so while the puff pastry defrosts, I make the preparation and the tart is assembled as soon as the courgettes have cooled down. It is really a no-fuss tart and it can be adapted to suit every taste. I hope you like it enough to try it.
Pinch of salt:
Add goats cheese instead of feta cheese.
Add slices of tomato to your preparation.
Oven roast the courgettes for a different taste.
Add pine nuts to your preparation.
The tart can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge. Reheat at 200 degr C for 10 minutes.
The tart can be frozen for later use.
Our potager is my husband’s kingdom. A potager is a lot of work and maintenance, so every morning he is out there, cleaning, planting, weeding or just paying attention. We have had some good rains lately, so the potager is green and lush and looking good, which means the weeds are looking good too. The following photos tell the story of life in a potager.