As many of you know, July in Toronto was frequently the equivalent of living in a steam oven. Attempting to be an optimistic opportunist, I thought about how it would have been cool to bake bread and see that yeast kick into action, making dough rise in super humid rooms at super speeds. But that would have involved switching on the oven – definitely not cool.
(Did You Know? Yeast cells die at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius. While it felt like the weather was getting close to that, the T.O. forecast hit a high of 35.4 degrees C plus an unsightly humidity overhead that brought it to the low 40s).
So I ditched the plans of baking. Heck, I even ditched plans of using any heat in preparing food. My initial plan had been to use the beautiful zucchini from my Fresh City Farms basket to make zucchini loaves for the swap. But zucchini is a versatile ingredient, thanks to its mild flavour and structure, so I opted for something more garden-fresh, staying raw and inviting mint and lemon to the party.
The saying goes, “if you can’t take the heat, get out of kitchen.” With the heat reaching far beyond the kitchen these days, you can get out if you want to and make this baby just about anywhere.* Just bring your chef’s knife, a cutting board, a measuring cup, and a mixing bowl, and then you, my friends, can stay cool and nosh on this crunchy salad too.
*Food safety was upheld! I made prepared the portions in a clean kitchen with all the running water I needed in arm’s length. That said, if you’d like to start a wacky photo contest, please submit photos of your rogue-location salad-creating stations.
Eat this mix as a salad on its own, or toss it into a savoury pancake or omelette to make it part of something more substantial. I bet it would make quick friends with noodles for a pasta salad too.
- 3 medium zucchinis (or their equivalent in small sizes – flavours and nutrients start to dilute as vegetables grow and gain water weight!)
- 1/2 cup packed fresh mint
- 1/4 cup EVOO
- 1 lemon (zested then juiced)
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
This item was part of our food swap on July 21st, 2013. This dish was swapped for:
- Natalie’s Virgin Sangria
- Annie’s Vegetarian Sushi
- Spencer’s Glutinous Black Rice Salad
- Glyde’s Rice Balls
Check out all the recipes on our July Swap Round-Up post coming soon!