Zucchini and Mushroom Salad

Zucchini and Mushroom Salad

1 pound button mushrooms
8 small zucchini
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 sprigs fresh tarragon
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup dry white wine

Clean the mushrooms. Cut the zucchini into 1 inch lengths. Place all
ingredients in a pot. Simmer until the zucchini is just tender. Turn off heat. Place lid on pot and leave for 15 minutes. Place the drained
vegetables in a bowl, reserving the cooking liquid. Place this liquid
back in the pot and cook until reduced to about 1/3 cup. Discard the
tarragon. Pour over the vegetables and lightly chill (don't over-chill or it will kill the flavor). Throw on a little finely chopped parsley before serving.


1/4 cup Italian dressing

Cube zucchini and wedge tomatoes. Add Italian dressing to lightly cover vegetables. For a zestier taste, add Italian seasonings and garlic powder.

Zucchini Fiesta Salad

1/2 pound Small zucchini*
1/2 pound Small crookneck squash*
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1/4 cup Salad oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Dash of pepper -- ground cumin
1 each Green onion -- thinly sliced
1/3 cup Diced green chilies
1/3 cup Pimento-stuffed olives**
1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese***
1 each Small avocado
Lettuce leaves
Fresh coriander (cilantro)

* Cut crosswise in 1/4 inch-thick slices. ** Cut in half crosswise.
*** Cut in 3/4-inch cubes.

Steam zucchini and crookneck squash over boiling water until crisp-tender (about 3 minutes). Plunge into ice water to cool; drain well. In a large bowl, combine lemon juice, oil, salt pepper, and cumin. Add drained squash and stir lightly; chill for 30 minutes. Add onion, chilies, olives, and cheese.

Peel and pit avocado; cut into small cubes. Add to salad and mix lightly. To serve, arrange lettuce leaves on 4 salad plates. Mound equal portions of salad on each plate. Garnish each salad with a sprig of coriander.

Zucchini Salad

2 medium zucchini -- shredded
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin seed
black pepper
2 tablespoons onion -- grated

In a colander, sprinkle zucchini with salt and allow to stand 15
minutes. Squeeze as much moisture as possible from zucchini. Combine
remaining ingredients in ceramic bowl. Stir in zucchini. Chill at least
one hour

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