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Roast zucchini and torn bread salad with verjuice dressing


You'll need

4 zucchini, cut lengthways into wedges (see note) 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon 120 gm crustless sourdough bread, coarsely torn 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed 1 cup (loosely packed) pea tendrils 2 baby gem lettuce hearts, quartered (see note) 2 yellow squash, thinly sliced 2 salad onions, thinly sliced on a mandolin   Verjuice dressing 50 ml olive oil 30 ml verjuice Juice of 1 lemon

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 220C. Toss zucchini and half the oil in a bowl, season to taste, spread in a roasting pan and roast until golden and tender (12-15 minutes). Drizzle with lemon juice and set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, toss bread, lemon rind and remaining oil in a bowl, season to taste, spread in a roasting pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp (8-10 minutes). Set aside to cool.
  • 03
  • Blanch asparagus until just tender (2-3 minutes), drain, refresh and drain again. Transfer to a bowl, add zucchini, croûtons, pea tendrils, lettuce hearts, squash and onion, and toss lightly to combine.
  • 04
  • For verjuice dressing, whisk ingredients in a bowl to combine, and season to taste. Drizzle over zucchini mixture, toss lightly to combine and serve immediately.

Note We've used yellow and green zucchini in these recipes, but you can substitute any available zucchini. If gem lettuce is unavailable, substitute baby cos.


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  • Serves 4 people
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