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Courgette, mint, ricotta & chilli salad

Courgette, mint, ricotta & chilli salad

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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  • Easy
  • Serves 4

This light salad works as a side dish or main meal- get your grill really hot for perfectly charred courgettes

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal204
fat18g
saturates4g
carbs4g
sugars3g
fibre2g
protein7g
salt0.1g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat a griddle pan to medium. Put the courgette slices in a bowl and toss with 1½ tbsp of the oil. Griddle for 3-4 mins on each side – you’ll need to do this in batches – then transfer to a clean bowl. (See below left for griddling tips.)

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the remaining oil, the vinegar, most of the chilli and mint, and some seasoning, then pour over the courgettes and leave to marinate.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan until foaming, then add the pine nuts. Cook over a low heat until nicely browned, then drain on kitchen paper.

  • STEP 4

    To assemble the salad, toss the rocket and most of the pine nuts with the courgettes. Divide among plates or pile onto a serving dish. Break the ricotta into chunks and dot over the salad, then scatter the remaining chilli, mint and pine nuts on top.

RECIPE TIPS
THE GOOD GRIDDLING GUIDE: A HOT PAN

Make sure the griddle pan is hot before you add the food, or ingredients will stick and meats will stew in their juices.

THE GOOD GRIDDLING GUIDE: OILING

Brush the food – not the pan – with oil to reduce the amount of smoke.

THE GOOD GRIDDLING GUIDE: TIMING

Don’t be tempted to turn food too early or move it around too much in the pan, as it will stick and you won’t get those attractive, clear griddle lines. As the food chars, it will naturally come away from the griddle.

THE GOOD GRIDDLING GUIDE: MARINADES

Wipe off thick marinades before griddling or they’ll cake onto the griddle, burn and stop the food from cooking properly.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2013

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