Salad of Zucchini, Corn, and Smoked Yogurt

Salad of Zucchini, Corn, and Smoked Yogurt
Will Budiaman

Ingredients

  • 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."

Directions

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.

Notes

*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.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

594 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:

30%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 57g 88%
  • Carbs 16g 5%
  • Saturated 35g 173%
  • Fiber 4g 14%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 15g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Cholesterol 278mg 93%
  • Sodium 140mg 6%
  • Calcium 115mg 11%
  • Magnesium 63mg 16%
  • Potassium 775mg 22%
  • Iron 3mg 19%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 219mg 31%
  • Vitamin A 525µg 58%
  • Vitamin C 40mg 66%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 12%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 25%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 22%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 98µg 25%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 8%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 14%
  • Vitamin K 89µg 111%
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