Poppy Zucchini Salad

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I know what you are thinking now: "zucchini AGAIN?". YEP! I adore fresh seasonal veggies a lot and of course you can get zucchini throughout the year, but the best ones appear during late spring or early summer time. Zucchini has a high water content, so it makes the perfect food for people on diet. Besides that, it contains good amount of vitamin C, and A, both of which are very important and necessary for good health.

  • 180 g Zucchini
  • 2 tbsp Walnut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Clear honey
  • 1 tsp Garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds©angiesrecipes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Rinse and dry the zucchini. Cut both ends off and grate the zucchini into the long thin strips. Place them in a large salad bowl.
  2. Whisk together the walnut oil, lemon juice, honey, crushed garlic, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss the zucchini strips with the dressing until combined. Serve as soon as possible.
Poppy Zucchini Salad


Chef E 13/6/10 19:45

I totally could see this being used as a replacement, like spaghetti squash for pasta! That strawberry salad I made had poppy seeds, they make things so good don't they?

I just had a quinoa sad with zucchini, so I am with you on season veggies!

Fresh Local and Best 13/6/10 19:49

I'm so glad to see someone use walnut oil with veggies! It's so good and simple and makes a world of difference in flavors. Great job.

Belinda @zomppa 13/6/10 20:29

SO pretty! What a fabulous way to eat zucchini.

Foodessa 13/6/10 20:32

The dressing you made to go with my favourite summer squash is excellent!
Although poppy seeds do add a very nice aesthetic appeal...I'm not a fan.
I may just add some lightly toasted sesame seeds instead ;o)
Thanks for sharing a very easy refreshing recipe.
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

Krishnaveni 13/6/10 20:36

that looks so fresh and beautiful

Bo 13/6/10 20:42

That does sound like a great salad to try...perfect for all this hot weather we are having here.

Cool Lassi(e) 13/6/10 20:44

I would say a big Yes to this! Very lite and very summery. Love Zucchini and love the way you have cut it!
Question for you dear, I have the foodista widget..does it go where the signature goes on the bottom? Does the recipe get automatically pulled when you place this widget? Can you point me in the right direction?Thanks!

Angie's Recipes 13/6/10 20:58

Chef E: Glad that we are on the same wavelength. :-)
Cool Lassi(e): Click to add a recipe in foodista, and add the widget in your post, the your entry would be automatically pulled.
Thank you!

Kitchen Butterfly 13/6/10 21:40

I love it, had zucchini baked today and my kids didn't really like it but I bet they would try it in a salad like this!

Ivy 13/6/10 22:28

Angie, another wonderful zucchini salad. My next post will be with raw zucchini and I got hooked after your post for zucchini ribbons with capers.

bunkycooks 13/6/10 23:57

Your salad looks delicious and healthy. A perfect side dish for summer and different from the cooked version!

Cooking With Kait 14/6/10 00:17

More zucchini please! I love how versatile this vegetable is. Great salad!

MaryMoh 14/6/10 00:35

I have never used poppy seeds in my cooking. It gives the salad a lovely look here. I must try one day. Thanks for sharing, Angie.

Shirley @ Kokken69 14/6/10 01:36

Ooh, more zucchini treats! You are really creative!

Cook with Madin 14/6/10 01:58

What a great way to eat zucchini. And yet simple to prepare. Thank you for sharing another great recipe Angie.

Jeannie 14/6/10 02:41

Hey, what a coincident! I baked a chiffon cake with poppy seeds added too:D That salad of yours looks very refreshing, can understand why you like zucchini...just like I love cucumbers:D

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams 14/6/10 03:27

I made zucchini tonight for dinner (with chicken). I bookmarked your recipe for my future zucchini side dish.


Chef Dennis 14/6/10 03:42

beautiful presentation! I love zucchini! Thanks so much for sharing!

zurin 14/6/10 04:07

wonderful and beautiful ...your salads always tempt me. you have 3 cats! :)))

Katie@Cozydelicious 14/6/10 04:13

This salad looks great! I just discovered how wonderful walnut oil can be. and I love poppy seeds. Yum!

Hettar7 14/6/10 04:37

See and I was just thinking "Zucchini, Again! Yea!" I really like zucchini. Always good to see another variation on it. The honey is an interesting addition, though I'm not sure I can find clear honey. A golden, though good quality, honey might have to do. (I admit to having become something of a honey snob, or does connoisseur sound better?)

lisaiscooking 14/6/10 04:43

I love the ribbon shapes, and the poppy seeds and walnut oil sound great!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 14/6/10 05:45

Lovely dressing and the salad looks so elegantly spare and fresh!

tigerfish 14/6/10 06:01

I should tell myself to try zucchini again! It is not my fav veg. I think most of the Western eateries spoil it for me - I do not like them imperfectly roasted and served as soggy veg aside my main course.
But your preparations are always so different and you must be a zucchini fan :D

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... 14/6/10 06:07

I think I'll love this with some additional bird's eye chilli :)

Jessica 14/6/10 06:39

I have a ton of zucchini from the garden! I can not wait to make this! It looks so fresh and fabulous!

sangeeta 14/6/10 07:21

I love zuchhini n would love this salad as much.
we don't get any black poppy seeds here , the white ones i like to use in my salads or curries....this salad is sure to be adapted soon.

sweetlife 14/6/10 07:35

i love zuchinni and the sauce is just great walnut oil and poppy seed, yum


Kitchen Corner 14/6/10 08:06

No doubt, this is absolutely a refreshing salad! Love it!

The Housewife 14/6/10 08:39

I love your dressing for the salad... It must be so light, refreshing and so verstatile. I totally agree that fresh seasonal veggies are the way to go. I saw some amazing zucchinis in all shapes and sizes at the farmers market today!

noobcook 14/6/10 09:17

love all your zucchini salads ... the poppy is a nice touch.

Elin 14/6/10 09:48

Angie...I just used poppy seeds in my Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins and I did not know that Poppy seeds can be used for salad !!! Thank you ...hahaha now I know how to use up these balance ones * wink Daddy will be surprised ! :0

Jess @ Bakericious 14/6/10 10:00

Hi Angie, the salad looks so refreshing, great for me as I need to start to diet :)

Rachana Kothari 14/6/10 13:08

What a gorgeous way to eat zucchini!

Vrinda 14/6/10 13:43

Simple n comforting salad...

Christine@Christine's Recipes 14/6/10 14:28

Your zucchini salad looks very refreshing. Love it.
I'll never have enough zucchini, just had some for BBQ this afternoon. Very tasty.

Mary 14/6/10 15:46

What a spectacular salad! It looks like pasta on a plate. I love that you used poppy seeds in the dressing of this delicious salad. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Sarah Naveen 14/6/10 16:17

Perfectly grated zucchinis....love the clciks..looks so yummy!!!

Shriya 14/6/10 16:34

. Looks soo perfect and yummy. Gotta make it sometime. Nice clicks.You could also send this to our Sizzling Summer Contest.

Food For Tots 14/6/10 17:23

Never know that poppy seeds can be used for salad but they are banned in Singapore. Don't mind to eat zucchini every day to maintain a good health. Wow! Your photo looks gorgeous!

Erin at The Healthy Apron 14/6/10 17:27

OMG I just foiund you site and I'm so excited by all the new recipes I get to look through!!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 14/6/10 17:42

This zucchini salad is very refreshing, the poppy would give a great texture !

Chow and Chatter 14/6/10 21:12

looks great and so healthy love the way you sliced it

Devaki 14/6/10 21:49

Dear Angie - The delicate strands of zucchini with the poppy seeds and the fragrance on walnut oil is genius!

Once again, you've knocked it out of the ball park :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Nostalgia 14/6/10 23:17

I love zucchini's and agree that consuming seasonal veggies is the way to go. That concoction looks positively delicious!

Juliana 14/6/10 23:46

Oh! Your zucchini salad looks so pretty and refreshing...great pictures!

Fimère 15/6/10 01:05

moi j'adore c'est frais et original
bonne soirée

elra 15/6/10 02:07

Your zuke salad looks really delicious Angie. Poppy seeds making it even more appetizing~

Cinnamon-Girl 15/6/10 03:53

Do you know I just began liking zucchini last summer? And now I love it! And this with the poppy seeds, another one of my favorites. So fresh and delicious. We get the best zucchini in late summer here.

Magic of Spice 15/6/10 09:32

Absolutely wonderful...Walnut oil and honey,oh my! Zucchini is a perfect choice for a veggie dish in my opinion:) This is just so light and scrumptious...

pigpigscorner 15/6/10 10:40

Very refreshing and the poppy seeds look great in it!

☺lani☺ 15/6/10 12:58

I used to hate zucchini when I was little, I forgot how it taste... maybe I'll give it a try again :), this one looks yum!

Laetitia 15/6/10 13:42

There's never too much zuchinni's recipe!! I love discovering new ideas to cook it again and again

Peanutts 15/6/10 15:37

dont worry am not going to say zuchini again. salad looks delish.

tasteofbeirut 15/6/10 16:00

Adding poppy seeds is brilliant; one think it does is add extra crunch to the zucchini; love the dressing too and the idea of using walnut oil instead of te olive oil I always resort to.

Shri 15/6/10 16:19

Comforting and looks very gourmet

Anonymous 15/6/10 18:24

What a lovely salad with zucchini ribbons and poppy seed dressing!

Anonymous 15/6/10 18:58

nope, I aint thinking zucchini again? i heart that vegetable..the salad looks mighty fresh.

PranisKitchen 15/6/10 20:09

what a wonderfu pictures..i like the pics really the dish is very healthy and yummy

Stella 15/6/10 21:28

I like zucchini again, Angie. Seasonal is best, so different recipes are appreciated. This looks great by the way...

Claudia 16/6/10 03:24

I immediately zeroed in on the walnut oil which is sitting in my cupboard barely used. Must try it more often with the vegetables. As for the zucchini recipes: bring them on. Zucchini season is coming soon and this looks so wonderfully luscious. It just wouldn't be the same in the winter.

Velva 16/6/10 05:10

This is a perfect time to post zucchini recipes as the summer gardens are over flowing with zucchini and folks need new ideas, as to what to do with their zucchini bounty. This is a really good recipe to share with us.

Joanne 16/6/10 05:12

I love the subtle sweetness of spring zucchini. It taste so fresh! This honey poppy seed dressing for the salad sounds delicious!

Mother Rimmy 16/6/10 06:54

This is a must try. My vegetable garden will be producing plenty of zucchini!

3 hungry tummies 16/6/10 09:30

Very refreshing! I sometimes serve something similar with a piece of pan fried fish in summer!

grace 16/6/10 11:23

this is fantastic, angie--so light and fresh! finally, poppy seeds get used for something NOT focusing on lemon!

A Canadian Foodie 16/6/10 20:01

Fresh seasonable veggies is the only way to go. Love seeing you do this and come up with such innovative recipes. How did you cut them into such long strips - you said grade - but that would not be easy.... did you use a mandoline?
Beautiful work and yummy sounding dressing

Angie's Recipes 16/6/10 20:47

Valerie: yes, I used mandoline. Much easier and faster.

A Thought For Food 17/6/10 14:18

I love this! We just got a ton of poppy seeds (check back on the blog soon) and now I need to get creative with them.

Do you think sesame oil would work in this?

Angie's Recipes 17/6/10 14:26

A Thought For Food: Do you mean the Chinese roasted sesame oil? I have noticed the sesame oil here in Germany is not quite the same as we use in Chinese cuisine. I believe it works too if you are using the clear sesame oil.

OysterCulture 21/6/10 02:22

What a unique (to me) and delicious sounding recipe. I'd never have thought to add the poppy seed but it sounds just amazing!

Plate and Pour 24/6/10 01:21

Looks wonderful- can't wait to try it! I am always looking for new zucchini sides. Check out my blog for one of my favorites- zucchini with almond and lemon zest!


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