Shaved Zucchini with Ricotta and Walnuts + The Newlywed Cookbook Giveaway!

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I’m celebrating walnuts this week and already posted my first recipe. If you don’t know the 411 on Walnuts, you must check this out. “Eating a handful of walnuts a day is a delicious way to promote a healthy heart. Walnuts offer antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, protein and is the only nut providing a significant amount of the plant based omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid.” And there are over two decades of research supporting the heart health properties of walnuts. Grab some walnuts yo.

 

Today, I have to share this amazingly simple, delicious, light, vegetarian side dish: a raw zucchini salad! Have you ever tried raw zucchini? I eat zucchini all the time but usually throw it in soups, stir frys or even pasta (for my kids). This dish is so light and delicious and will take you literally under 15 minutes to make. Can’t beat that. I love the thinly shaved zucchini with the ricotta cheese bits and crunchy walnuts. This is seriously so easy.

 

So, today, I am bringing this dish to the California Walnuts first ever Virtual Dinner Party to celebrate their new Chefs Menus At Home series! California Walnuts has enlisted some critically acclaimed chefs to share seasonal menus with us home cooks and tips for successful entertaining. When I saw this recipe from Sarah Copeland, I knew I had to give it a try. After all, I had never tasted raw zucchini like this. And I love her quote, “Until you’ve tasted zucchini raw, you haven’t experienced its true potential.”

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

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Shaved Zucchini with Ricotta and Walnuts
 
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If your shaved zucchini is a little damp or wet, simply pat down gently with some paper towels.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 large, firm zucchini
  • Juice of ½ lemon (no more than 2-3 tablespoons); be careful here because you don't want too much juice
  • 3 tablespoons best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fleur de sel, sel gris or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sheep’s milk ricotta or ricotta
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts, broken in pieces
  • Lemon zest for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel your zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strips. Toss them in a medium bowl with the lemon juice and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and dollop the ricotta over the top. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts and finish with a light drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe from Sarah Copeland.

 

 

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The Giveaway:

The good people at California Walnuts have one autographed copy of Sarah’s latest cookbook, The Newlywed Cookbook for me to give away to one reader! And don’t misunderstand the title. This cookbook is for anyone who loves delicious recipes! The chapters are broken up like this: Stocked (to help you with your pantry), To Market, Brunch, Little Meals, Supper, Comfort Food, Date Night, Vegetables, Embellishments, Indulgences (you will love this chapter), Gatherings and Escapes! You are sure to find several- if not every single one- recipes here you will want to make.

 

What I love about the cookbook? Aside from this being the most stunningly beautiful cookbook I’ve seen in a while with gorgeous photography (Photographer: Sara Remington) and fabulous recipes (I seriously want to make everything), I love the stories Sarah has included in here and learning about her and her husband, András, who the book is dedicated to.

 

And if you are newly married, married or have someone else you want to cook with and spend time together with in the kitchen, this cookbook is for you. “Inside are more than 130 recipes for both classic and contemporary cooking that are perfect for day-to-day and special occasions with family and friends.” With recipes like: Ricotta Silver Dollars with Nectarine Syrup, The Man Sandwich, Baked Risotto with Roasted Vegetables, Cheese Soufflé and Brown Sugar Pudding . .  four words: You need this cookbook. 

 

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To enter this giveaway: please click on this link and comment below and tell me which walnut recipe (from any chef) looks the most appealing to you! Or simply leave a comment! (giveaway only open to residents within the United States.)

 

For additional entries, you know the drill:

You can do the following but you must leave a comment in the comments section of this post telling me what you have done, and each one will count as an additional entry.

 

  1. Like Hip Foodie Mom on Facebook.
  2. Follow Hip Foodie Mom on Twitter (@HipFoodieMom1).
  3. Follow Hip Foodie Mom on Instagram.
  4. Follow Hip Foodie Mom on Pinterest.
  5. Like California Walnuts on Facebook.
  6. Follow California Walnuts on Twitter.
  7. Follow California Walnuts on Pinterest.

 

More Giveaway Details:

  1. One entry per person, PLUS additional qualified bonus entries (mentioned above). Your comment may take a few moments to appear on the page.
  2. Giveaway only eligible for residents within the United States.
  3. This giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
  4. ONE winner will be chosen at random from all of the comments/entries listed here on this post. Be sure to do the mandatory entry by answering the question and leaving a comment.
  5. ONE winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. The winner will be notified via the email supplied in the entry. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
* This giveaway is sponsored by the good people at California Walnuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  2. brandi

    February 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Looks so delicious Alice! So beautifully presented too! Zucchini is my favorite vegetable so I LOVE this!

  3. Jessica

    February 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Blueberry lemon walnut bread sounds delicious (and quick and easy)!

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    February 27, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What a perfect way of using the zucchini ribbons Alice! They tend to be a bit bland for me, but nothing ricotta and walnuts can´t fix. Lovely idea!

  5. Kim N.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I would love to make the Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce!

  6. Andreea

    February 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    your salad looks great! I like the walnut sticky buns ;-)

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    February 27, 2013 at 11:12 am

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    February 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

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  9. Amy Tong

    February 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What a wonderful giveaway. I’m all about dessert and the Walnut and Brown Butter Tart with Sour Whipped Cream recipe by Chef Alex Stratta really caught my eyes. Can’t wait to make this soon. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. :) Would love to cook along with this book.

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    February 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

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    February 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

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    February 27, 2013 at 11:20 am

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  15. Terumi

    February 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    That walnut-date smoothie by Aida Mollenkamp looks pretty good:)

  16. Terumi

    February 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    follow you on twitter:) (@helloterumi)

  17. Jenna T

    February 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I am split between two right now. Mike Isabella’s eggplant and walnut pies with shaved onion mascarpone or Alex Stratta’s goat cheese and fig walnut crepes. Both sound amazing I am going to have to make both (going to have to get some marsala wine)!

  18. katie

    February 28, 2013 at 4:18 am

    this looks fab! I would love to try the Smart Spaghetti & Meatballs with Tomato Sauce! Never thought to incorporate walnuts!

  19. Jill Keefe

    February 28, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Lovely food – delicious walnuts!!

  20. Heather

    February 28, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Sarah Copeland’s Spanish-Style Striped Bass Sandwich with Walnut Harissa looks best!

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:10 am

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

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    February 28, 2013 at 6:12 am

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  28. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    February 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I know you already made it, but of all the recipes on that site, the Walnut & Pomegranate braised chicken looks the most appealing to me!

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    February 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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    February 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

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  34. mary janssen

    March 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The Walnut Sticky Buns would be my favorite

  35. mary janssen

    March 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I would enjoy the Walnut Sticky Buns

  36. Jean McGurk

    March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I am from a walnut farming family. Your recipe with shaved zucchini & walnuts caught my eye. I will try it. I also liked HIP FOODIE MOM & California Walnuts on Facebook. I would love to try more of your recipes. they look appealing, sound delicious & are health conscious as well.

  37. Pat

    March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Looks green and healthy and so frsh– come on cookbook and spring!

  38. Nicole "Niki" Shepherd

    March 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Alice! This is a fabulous giveaway first of all! I LOVE cooking with my fiance, we have lots of fun making meals together :) I have entered all 7 different ways, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for both you (Hip Foodie Mom) and California Walnuts. And I have to say, the recipe that stood out to me and sounded yummy, would be the Walnut-Maple Graham Crackers! They would be fantastic on their own, but they would also be a great addition to to other recipes too! Thanks so much to both you and California Walnuts for creating such an awesome giveaway, Sarah’s new cookbook looks incredible!

  39. Carolsue

    March 2, 2013 at 2:41 am

    The Charred Onion Mascarpone looks good

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  47. Jessica

    March 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I would love to try the Walnut Crusted Salmon with Stewed Chickpeas and Kale!

  48. Jessica

    March 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

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  50. Cindy B.

    March 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Sarah Copeland’s Lazy Morning Muesli with Apple and Walnut Crumble looks yummy to me!

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    March 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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  57. allilau

    March 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    One of the loveliest salads by far! I love a raw zuchini salad and often enjoy some with a little lemon, Parmesan and spaghetti tossed together. Makes for a delicious combo.

    I do love walnuts and I’ve recently seen them at the asian grocers by the bag so thinking I’ll have to take full advantage of this & soon!

  58. Amanda Thompson

    March 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Definitely a tie between Aida Mollenkamp’s Walnut-Cacao Nib Rochers and Chef Mike Isabella’s Rolled Baklava! Yum!!

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  62. Tara

    March 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Oh my goodness..the Walnut-Date Smoothie looks absolutely delicious!

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