Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Salad

Although summer has come to an end, salads remain a mainstay in my diet. The farmers' market is still bursting with summer squash and an abundance of peppers, so I thought it time to share this recipe before that bounty fades away. My usual main-course salad is a combination of fresh or dried fruit, cheese, and nuts, but when I'm already firing up the grill and it takes but the tiniest effort to have a plethora of delicious grilled vegetables, they always end up in salads or sandwiches. It feels appropriate to match the hearty cuts of meat that inspired me to start the grill with a generous helping of vegetables, a beautiful balance tied together with a patina of smoky flavor. When I'm in the mood for grilled vegetables but won't be firing up the grill, I roast them on my gas range, which could also be done under the broiler if you only have an electric stove. This salad would be good with simply sauteed vegetables, but the smoky char that comes from grilling is a superior foil for the rich walnuts and tangy goat cheese. This last bite of summer is a fitting tribute the last of the season's bounty, an appropriate farewell to the to season of abundance.

Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese Salad
serves 1

2 oz. mixed greens or lettuce
1 small or 1/2 medium zucchini, grilled
2 ounces roasted red peppers, jarred or freshly roasted
1/4 cup roasted corn (stripped from one ear roasted corn on the cob), or frozen corn, thawed
1 oz. crumbled goat or feta cheese
2 tablespoons toasted walnuts or pine nuts
Salad dressing, for serving

1. Wash and dry greens, if necessary, and spread evenly over a plate or place in a large bowl. Top with grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, corn, goat cheese, and walnuts. Drizzle with salad dressing, toss well, and enjoy!

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