Salad of Zucchini, Corn, and Smoked Yogurt

Salad of Zucchini, Corn, and Smoked Yogurt
Will Budiaman


  • ear corn with leaves
  • zucchini, mixed varieties
  • eggs, boiled for 3 1/2 minutes and peeled
  • 1 Teaspoon  Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon  chardonnay vinegar
  • 1 Cup  plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons  mixed herbs, such as basil, tarragon, parsley, or chervil, chopped
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cups  mixed salad leaves, such as radicchio or arugula
  • 3 Tablespoons  smoked or plain yogurt*
  • 1 Teaspoon  wattleseed

This salad is one of my favorite things to eat. It's got texture, which is what every good salad needs. Smoked yogurt gives a meatiness to this salad and brings it all together. It gives this rich, creamy mouthfeel and at the same time cuts all through it. Add pearled barley to "pork it out."


Preheat a grill or cast-iron grill pan on medium heat. When hot, add the corn and grill, turning every couple of minutes to ensure even cooking throughout. Halve 2 of the zucchini, and place them on the grill, making sure to turn after a couple of minutes. (You want the skin charred, but not burnt.) Remove from the heat and set aside.

Slice the remaining zucchini very thinly in different ways. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine the eggs, mustard, and vinegar using an immersion blender. As the machine is running, slowly add the melted butter. Once incorporated, add the herbs and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove the outer leaves from the corn cob and slice the kernels off down the length of the cob. Slice the charred zucchini halves into small pieces.

In a large, separate bowl, combine the salad leaves, all of the zucchini, and corn. Toss the vegetables through with some of the herb emulsion, just enough to coat the leaves. On a serving plate, arrange the dressed vegetables and place dots of the smoked yogurt around the plate on top of the vegetables to finish. Sprinkle with the wattleseed.


*Note: Smoked yogurt is available from specialty shops, but if you can't find it, you can easily make it at home. Add a small amount of liquid smoke to regular yogurt or use a handheld smoking gun.


Calories per serving:

594 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb, Low Sodium Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 228g 351%
  • Carbs 64g 21%
  • Saturated 138g 691%
  • Fiber 14g 58%
  • Trans 8g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Monounsaturated 60g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 39g 78%
  • Cholesterol 1,113mg 371%
  • Sodium 560mg 23%
  • Calcium 460mg 46%
  • Magnesium 252mg 63%
  • Potassium 3,100mg 89%
  • Iron 14mg 77%
  • Zinc 6mg 43%
  • Phosphorus 878mg 125%
  • Vitamin A 2,102µg 234%
  • Vitamin C 159mg 266%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 48%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 100%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 34%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 89%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 393µg 98%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 32%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 11mg 54%
  • Vitamin K 354µg 443%
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