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Minted Zucchini Tagliatelle with Cucumbers and Lemon

I love ribbon.  Satin, paper, wired, grosgrain.  It doesn’t matter the kind.    In my pastry kitchen I have spools and spools on a dowel to tie around cake boxes.  Each ribbon is “frenched” to add the little notch at the end.  Love it.   Add tissue paper and a nice sticker and I’m all yours.  When I read the title to the recipe, I honestly thought that we were going to make a pasta dish.  Oh contraire!  The tagliatelle are ribbons of zucchini.   It was going to be just plain fun to make.  Fun and really pretty.  Plus, it’s fresh, healthy  and so lovely!

Poor zucchini.  It gets mispelled, and is one of the vegetables we’re happy to see… for awhile.   Then they end up in the office breakroom in a pile looking for good homes.  Sometimes they even end up on your doorstep!   With the help of a mandolin, the zucchini in this recipe is sliced into gorgeous ribbons.  With the addition of  simple lemon viniagrette, cucumbers, mint and lemon the ribbons become a beautiful salad.  This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe makes the zucchini the star.  No mock apple pie, bread, pizza, just simple pretty zucchini.

I feel badly that I can’t post the Around My French Table recipes on Fridays.  If you’ve been following my blogs each Friday, you might want to take the plunge and buy the book – or check it out from the library, if you don’t already have it.  It’s going to be a classic and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Good news.  I’ll be making it up to you next Tuesday.  It’s a surprise!

When we were in San Francisco, in Chinatown, a shop keeper gave Gary a demo of some super sharp and cool garnishing tools.  He bought three and has been eager to give them a try.  Once I finished with my recipe he asked if he could use the left over pieces.  A few minutes later he brought me the pretty carvings to garnish my plates.   So pretty!



The best tool for making the ribbons is a mandolin.   It’s a razor sharp blade to pass the vegetables over.  I have great respect for mandolins.   Injuries from them are deep, fast and almost always require a visit to the ER.   They may perfect for the ribbon making, but only with the guard and slow careful movements.  I’ll tangle with the box grater, but never the mandolin.   I got it out, was extra careful, and look at how great the zucchini turned out!


Embrace the gifts of zucchini, and enjoy the bounty of the summer harvest!

Stay tuned for a great dessert next week!




11 Responses

  1. Maggie says:

    So pretty! And tell Gary I say “Bravo!” for his cutie little decorations!

  2. Cher says:

    So pretty – I have great respect for people who can add those finishing touches and make things so visually appealing. The garnishes are a great!

  3. Betsy says:

    I am in love with Gary’s garnishes. Those are adorable. Your salad is very pretty too. My zucchini failed to get ribbony. Not sure why.

  4. Kayte says:

    Beautiful. I thought we were going to be putting pasta in this salad as well, a nice surprise to get to do this instead. Love the little garnishes, those are exquisite!

  5. Susan says:

    Very creative! I used a mandoline, too – and it scares me everytime!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful ribbons! I used a vegetable peeler, but should buy a mandoline really, it´s so useful. The carvings are incredible. Have a nice weekend!

  7. Beverly says:

    Ah , do I admire your work with the mandoline- very nice! I have tried that thing but……

  8. Teresa says:

    Love the garnishes! Those tools are very cool.

    Your mandoline slices are perfect – I opted for a vegetable peeler, myself, coward that I am…

  9. Mary Hirsch says:

    Every sentence of your Post was interesting. I’m a ribbon girl myself and used to buy antique ribbon on EBay. You made a lovely and beautiful salad, your mandoline slices were perfect. This salad was not my cup of raw veggies, so to speak, just didn’t work for me. Sorry. The garnishes are just gorgeous, unique, add so much to any plate. Thank you for sharing that with us. On to Tuesday……..

  10. sanya says:

    Wow! They are gorgeous ‘ribbons’ of zucchini!
    I love the pattern cut out tools, they are stunning!
    My machine was not making anything like you ribbons so I gave up and made spaghetti thin strips :)

  11. Susan says:

    What a beautiful salad. I am trying this salad this weekend-it looks so fresh and delicious I would give anything to have those cookie cutters or your source for purchase–they are adorable.

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