Veggie Challenged - Zucchini

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08-07-2006, 01:58 PM
What does zucchini squash taste like raw?? Can I use it like a cucumber in salads??


08-07-2006, 02:12 PM
It taste good! Almost like a cucumber, but a slightly softer texture. I always put it in my salad when I have it on hand.

08-07-2006, 02:20 PM
I think zucchini tastes good raw, although I think it has less flavor than a cucumber. I still like them though.

08-07-2006, 02:41 PM
I like it as well. I saw a recipe somewhere for "Zucchini Salsa" not too long ago where you diced up zucchini and added chopped tomatoes and corn and maybe some lemon juice, garlic and onions.

I was chopping up some zucchini the other day and nibbled on some of it while it was raw.

08-07-2006, 02:49 PM
nelie-that's exactly what i wanted to use it for.

Thanks guys!!

08-07-2006, 04:36 PM
I don't think it has any flavor at all raw. I always cook mine. I love zucchini, I just had some today for lunch. Someone gave me a bunch from their garden.

08-07-2006, 05:54 PM
I generally find it pretty bland raw. It's certainly not bad, but not one of my favorite salad veggies. If I'm putting a squash in my salad, I like yellow summer squash better. It's a little crunchier and has a nicer flavor, I think.

08-10-2006, 07:43 PM
I love almost all veggies, but I can barely stomach zucchini and summer squash cooked. Raw is out of the question. I like my zucchini best in meat dishes where it is well disguised! That or zucchini bread :devil:

- Barbara

04-29-2007, 05:01 PM
I'm not a fan of the raw at all, but apparently other people are. :)

04-29-2007, 09:41 PM
I actually tried the Zucchini salsa tonight and it was really good. I will have to do it more often.

04-30-2007, 01:15 PM
Can you post the recipe for the salsa? Nice way to sneak in some more veggies. THX.

04-30-2007, 01:41 PM
Funny, I love it raw :) It's a bit denser than cucumbers and has a sweeter taste. I could eat it on anything really.

04-30-2007, 02:29 PM
Can you post the recipe for the salsa? Nice way to sneak in some more veggies. THX.

It wasn't really a recipe as much as throwing things together :)

I diced 1 medium sized zucchini, chopped 2 medium tomatoes, added about 1/2 cup of frozen corn, diced half a vidalia onion, added 2 garlic cloves minced, added a dash or 2 of salt, a dash or 2 of pepper, and a dash of lemon juice. I mixed it all together and served as a side dish. You could also use it to top something like fish (even bake it with the fish if you want) or as a condiment.

04-30-2007, 02:46 PM
Oh, I'll have to try that when I'm swimming in zucchini at the end of the summer. :lol: I put it raw in my salads all the time - I don't like cucumber, so the zucchini provides some crunch. If I'm going to cook it, I use it in stir-fry or just sautee it with onions and tomatoes, sometimes mushrooms if I have them. Italian seasoning is good with this, or just lots of garlic.

04-30-2007, 02:52 PM
One of my favorite ways to make cooked Zucchini is to chop it, dice half an onion and use a can of hominy. Add a little water to a sautee pan and cook until the Zucchini is done. You may need to add more water if it dries out while you are cooking. The hominy gives it a nice buttery flavor.

05-02-2007, 12:42 PM
I'm not a big fan of cucumbers-the taste is just too strong. I often replace them with zucchini in my dishes--salad, sandwiches, dips, etc. A lighter taste, a little softer, and that much more likely I'll eat my veggies!

05-07-2007, 07:30 PM
I LOVE zucchini! I also like cutting it in slices and broiling the slices in the oven with a few spices sprinkled on and adding them to sandwiches :)

05-08-2007, 03:50 AM
Zucchini (also known as courgette for any UKers) is delicious roasted, as well. I usually chuck a bunch of sliced peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and aubergine (eggplant) into a roasting dish, drizzle with just a touch of olive oil and then stick in the oven for about 15 minutes. So tasty! I've also just done zucchini like this and had it with pasta.

I have to admit to snacking on it raw as I slice it, though. Yummy!

05-25-2007, 07:39 PM
My bro taught me to make zucchini (courgette) omelette.

Slice the zucchini and saute until almost caramelized (brown spots on the light part). Then beat eggs and pour into the frying pan, when it is alomst set stick it under the grill until it is set all the way through.

You add salt (or substitute), pepper, Tobasco etc to taste.

Simple and yummy!

I never thought of eating raw zucchini in salads. I love cucumbers but they don't love me (give me hiccups, and I get painful and loud hiccups! :o ). Will defintely try the zucchini idea... :dizzy: