Marinated Zucchini Salad

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Zucchini is still coming out of my garden.  I found this yummy marinated zucchini salad over at Kalyn’s Kitchen.  The combination of zucchini along with Italian dressing, olives and marinated artichokes was one I couldn’t pass up.  This salad is easy but you do need to plan ahead due to the 4-8 hours of marinating time.  For me, I say the longer the better.  I must say I love artichokes.  So YUMMY!  This salad was delish!

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Here is what you need to make the

Marinated Zucchini Salad

  • ZUCCHINI
  • LARGE PITTED BLACK OLIVES
  • MARINATED ARTICHOKE HEARTS
  • RED PEPPER (I USED SOME RED AND SOME GREEN BECAUSE I HAD THAT ON HAND)
  • RED ONION
  • ITALIAN DRESSING ( I RECOMMEND GETTING ONE WITH A NICE STRONG FLAVOR)
  • LEMON
  • PARMESAN, ASIAGO, OR ROMANO CHEESE
  • DRIED BASIL (OR USE BASIL PESTO OR FRESH BASIL)
  • DRIED OREGANO

Marinated Zucchini Salad

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Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 small zucchini cut into half moon slices about 1/2 inch thick (or bite sized pieces)
  • 1 can large pitted black olives drained very well
  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts drained very well
  • 1 red pepper chopped into bite-sized piece I used some red and some green because I had that on hand
  • 1 red onion chopped into bite-sized pieces

Dressing:

  • 1 cup Italian dressing I recommend getting one with a nice strong flavor
  • juice of half lemon 2 T
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan Asiago, or Romano cheese
  • 1 T dried basil or use 2 T basil pesto or 3 T. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Optional: additional 1/4 cup grated parmesan to sprinkle over salad just before serving

Instructions
 

  • Cut zucchini into quarter slices or bite sized pieces. (If you're using large zucchini, cut away the seeds and most of the white part.)
  • Steam zucchini until barely tender/crisp, about 3 minutes, then drain very well. (You can plunge the steamed zucchini into water with ice cubes to stop the cooking if you're in a hurry)
  • While zucchini is cooking, open olives and artichoke hearts and dump into a colander to drain well. (Draining the zucchini and olives well is essential or the finished salad will be watery.)
  • Chop the red bell pepper and red onion into bite-sized pieces.
  • Combine zucchini, olives, artichoke hearts, red pepper and red onion in plastic or glass container with a lid (or use a Ziploc bag.)
  • Pour dressing over, just enough to cover veggies, and stir gently. (use part of the dressing to marinate the veggies and then stir in a little more dressing when I serve it.)
  • Marinate in refrigerator 4-8 hours.  Turn it over once in a while to keep the vegetables covered with dressing.   Just before serving stir in a little of the reserved dressing. Sprinkle the salad with more freshly grated Parmesan cheese when serving if desired.
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  3. This is the first time I’ve visited your site in a few weeks…it looks amazing! Love the makeover, Laura! 🙂

  4. This is the first time I’ve visited your site in a few weeks…it looks amazing! Love the makeover, Laura! 🙂

  5. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! And I must say, your photo of this is fantastic! I like the idea of using part red and part green pepper too; I will remember that!

  6. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! And I must say, your photo of this is fantastic! I like the idea of using part red and part green pepper too; I will remember that!

  7. Hi! I love your blog and have tried(and loved) so many of your recipes. Thank you for trying them and posting them for us. Anyway, I have a question. I have made your chocolate chip cookies many, many times, but the last couple times they have ended up kind of flaky. I can’t think of anything I’m doing different, so I am wondering if you know what would cause my cookies to be flaky? Thanks!

  8. Hi! I love your blog and have tried(and loved) so many of your recipes. Thank you for trying them and posting them for us. Anyway, I have a question. I have made your chocolate chip cookies many, many times, but the last couple times they have ended up kind of flaky. I can’t think of anything I’m doing different, so I am wondering if you know what would cause my cookies to be flaky? Thanks!