zucchini, bean & blue cheese salad with walnuts

by Sam on August 2, 2012

zucchini, green bean & blue cheese salad with walnuts

With this salad I put together two of my favourite vegetables – the zucchini and the green bean. The crumbled blue cheese and chopped walnuts take it to another level.

In keeping with the whole walnut vibe, I made the dressing using walnut oil. I haven’t used this ingredient much and find the flavour subtle and warm, working beautifully in a vinaigrette.

I wanted to use lemon instead of vinegar because I love zesty green beans. Dijon is must and a small addiction for me. A dash of honey gives it a smattering of sweetness which I feel it needs.

This salad only takes a few minutes to make. Work out quantities based on how many people you need to feed.

  • use roughly equal parts shaved zucchini ribbons to green beans (stalks trimmed)
  • blue cheese crumbled (about 40 g per portion) – I used Simonsberg Simonzola
  • roughly chopped raw walnuts ( a small handful per portion)

Dressing (this will be enough for a portion to serve 2 people)

  • 3T walnut oil
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t Dijon mustard
  • 1/2t honey
  • salt and pepper

Bring a pot of water to the boil and blanch the beans for 3 minutes. Drain and shock with ice water. I rinse under a cold tap in a colander and then empty an ice tray of ice over the beans and allow them to cool.

Shave the zucchini using a wide flat vegetable peeler. Mix all the dressing ingredients a jar or bowl. Toss the beans, zucchini and dressing together and arrange on a flat plate or platter. Crumble over the blue cheese and sprinkle over the nuts. Add a little more salt and freshly ground black pepper to serve.

zucchini, green bean & blue cheese salad with walnuts

A few other recipes using these two incredible vegetables:

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Suzanne Perazzini August 3, 2012 at 3:50 am

A great looking salad. I learned about these zucchini ribbons from Jamie Oliver and love how they look. The combination with nuts and cheese makes a very tasty meal.

Lori August 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Beautiful! Totally simple and utterly delicious!

Sam August 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Lori and when served immediately, loads of crunch.
S x

Suzanne perazzini August 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

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Georgia Crain April 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm

With your permission, I would like to post your recipe on my family’s walnut farm website. Please let me know if this is ok or not.

Sam April 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

Hi Georgia, thanks for asking and with pleasure.
thanks
sam