Two green vegetables, plus one fresh herb, plus unconventional Earl Grey tea salad dressing, equals what? Our Raw Courgette Ribbon Salad is both delicious and nutritious! Highly versatile, this 10-minute salad can be served as a side dish at your next BBQ party or make a perfect companion to your fish dishes!
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- spinach: if you can, use baby spinach. It is softer and smaller in size.
- green courgette: choose fresh crunchy courgettes without tough skin.
- dill: fresh dill will work best here, but if you don’t have any, scatter some dried dill on top instead.
- Earl Grey tea: choose high-quality tea, that is rich in bergamot oil and very aromatic.
- lemon: choose unwaxed fresh lemons as you’ll be using both the juice and the zest.
- honey: clear runny honey will blend best with the Earl Grey dressing.
- extra virgin olive oil.
What Tools To Use to Make Courgette Ribbons?
If you have a spiraliser, it is likely to have come with a set of attachments. Look for a ribbon attachment, that creates thin wide strands!
But if you don’t have a spiraliser, don’t worry. We used a simple vegetable peeler to create long thin ribbons. As long as your peeler is sharp enough, you will have no problems. Here’s a peeler that we use.
Another alternative is to use a mandolin to shave long strands of courgette!
How to Make Raw Courgette Salad with Spinach?
This is a simple side salad recipe that comes together in under 10 minutes! All you need to do is slice the courgette into very thin ribbons. A range of tools that you can use for that is listed in the text above, but if you have a vegetable peeler, you are good to go!
Place the baby spinach in a bowl, add the raw courgette ribbons and chopped up fresh dill.
Make the Honey & Earl Grey Tea Salad Dressing:
Brew some tea and leave it to cool down to room temperature. You don’t want the tea too strong – just make it the strength that you’d like to drink. Once the tea has come to room temperature, mix it with olive oil, honey, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and the zest of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the salad dressing on the spinach, courgette ribbons and dill, and toss well to cover! This salad makes a wonderful healthy side dish!
People Also Asked:
Yes, we love this salad with griddled courgette too! Or you can fry rounds of courgette in a hot pan to char them slightly! Don’t overcook the courgette though. You want it to retain some crunch for the best results! We also recommend cooling the cooked courgette before mixing it with spinach, otherwise, your spinach will wilt.
Mint, parsley, basil and fresh thyme all go very well with courgette!
If you don’t fancy a slightly unconventional Earl Grey tea Salad Dressing, try it with a simple lemon dressing: mix 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of honey and some seasoning, and pour it all over the salad.
What to Serve Courgette Ribbon Salad With?
This courgette salad is extremely versatile and can be served as a side to a whole bunch of things. Try it with:
- BBQ meats on your next summer bbq party!
- Fish dishes: courgette and spinach are further flavoured with dill and lemon in this salad, and the two latter ingredients are simply wonderful with fish!
- Perfect quick salad to make to accompany your lunch panini or sandwich!
Other Healthy Side Dish Recipes
If you enjoy healthy sides, have a look at some of our other hot and cold side dishes below to elevate any meal:
- Quick Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (coming soon)
- Tenderstem Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic
- Green Bean and Tomato Salad (coming soon)
Raw Courgette Ribbon Salad
- 100 g baby spinach
- 1 green courgette
- 5 g dill finely chopped
For Honey & Earl Grey Salad Dressing:
- 25 ml Earl Grey tea brewed and cooled
- ½ lemon 1 tbsp of juice and zest
- ½ tsp honey
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Cut the courgette into very thin ribbons using a spiraliser with ribbon attachment, a mandolin or a vegetable peeler.
- Place in a bowl alongside baby spinach and chopped dill.
- To make the dressing, in a small bowl mix the cool tea, olive oil, honey, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and zest of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the salad dressing on your greens and toss well to cover. Serve as a healthy side dish!