Zucchini Salad With Radicchio for the perfect mid-morning hunger pangs!
This zucchini salad recipe is refreshing, flavorful, and colorful. The thinly sliced zucchini, the crunch of the chopped radicchio, fresh mint, and crumbled feta make this zucchini salad scream eat me!
Eating salads don’t have to be boring with this zucchini salad with radicchio. The fresh ingredients are crunchy, salty, and simply delicious. This salad is also incredibly healthy, which gives you two bonuses in one salad!
The sumac and pomegranate molasses are some of the most important ingredients for the salad dressing. This salad has a sweet and sour taste and can taste similar to balsamic vinegar This salad dressing has a delightful combination of sweet, savory, and sour that gives the salad depth. All the flavors come together perfectly for zucchini salad!
Another amazing Zucchini dish that you must try at home is the Zucchini fritters with lemon zest. It is crunchy and taste delicious in every bite.
What Is Radicchio?
Radicchio is a tasty red-leafed vegetable that is slightly spicy and bitter in taste. It is commonly used in Italian dishes, and it tastes delicious raw. Although it may visually look like red cabbage, it is not as mild. If you can’t find radicchio, you could replace it with arugula or baby kale. Arugula and baby kale have a similar bitter and peppery taste.
How Do You Make Radicchio Less Bitter for your Zucchini salad?
Radicchio has a bitter taste, which is released when it is cut or chewed. However, you can remove some of the bitterness by soaking it in water. First, cut the leaves and place them in a large bowl of water. Let them soak for about 30 minutes to tone down the bitterness. You can even chop the radicchio into even smaller pieces to remove the most bitterness.
Substitutes for Pomegranate Molasses for your Zucchini Salad
I used pomegranate molasses and sumac in the salad dressing to add a slight tanginess, but If you do not have them in your pantry, there are many other substitutes. For example, you could replace them with honey and balsamic vinegar, cranberry juice and sugar, grenadine, or even lemon and honey. These substitutes will give your salad that sweet and sour flavor pomegranate molasses does.
|2 zucchinis (sliced very thin)|
|1 medium-size radicchio (chopped)|
|½ red onion (cut thin)|
|¼ cup crumbled feta cheese|
|½ bunch of fresh mint (roughly chopped)|
For the Dressing
|juice of 1 lime and its zest (plus juice of a 1/2 lemon)|
|2 cloves garlic (minced)|
|1 teaspoon sumac (optional)|
|2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (optional)|
|½ teaspoon salt|
|½ teaspoon black pepper|