Courgettes are a relatively recent addition to the Portuguese pantry . This salad turns this rather bland vegetable into a flavourful dish with with the help of a bbq, good quality olive oil, garlic and parsley. This is a great salad to accompany grilled meat or fish and can be served hot or cold.
1 cup toasted pine nuts
1 clove garlic
1 cup chopped parsley
1//2 cup olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Fleur de sel and black pepper
1. Cut the courgettes lengthways into thin slices and grill on the bbq. A few minutes on each side should do it as the idea is to get some chargrilled taste without overcooking so that you retain some of the crunch.
2. While the courgettes are cooking make the dressing in a mortar and pestle by crushing the garlic with some salt, then adding the parsley and finally the olive oil, the lemon zest and juice. Mix all ingredients together in the mortar and pestle to achieve a rich thick dressing.
3. Chop the courgettes and mix with the dressing and fleur de sel and crushed black pepper to taste. Scatter the toasted pine nuts on top and serve.