Basil Marinated Zucchini Salad with Feta
300 g (10½ oz) small zucchini (5 – 6)
70 g (2½ oz) feta cheese
12 g pistachio nuts, shelled, roasted and unsalted, or 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
5 g (1/5 oz) basil leaves (about 10 large leaves) and a few for garnish
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Prepare the marinade by mixing together the chopped basil leaves with the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in medium-sized bowl. Trim the ends of the zucchini, then slice them lengthwise into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler or slicer, a cheese slicer works fine as well. Add the zucchini to the marinade and toss to coat. Leave to marinate for 15 – 30 minutes. In the meantime, crumble the feta cheese and chop the pistachios roughly. If you are using sunflower seeds toast them lightly in an ungreased frying pan. Transfer the zucchini ribbons to a serving platter, sprinkle with the feta and pistachios or sunflower seeds. Garnish with some whole basil leaves.
This zucchini and feta salad can be served as a starter or a light main course, in which case you may want to increase the quantities. In the ideal diet about half the daily intake should consist of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, with emphases on vegetables. This means that vegetables should not only accompany the meat, fish or pasta, but should be the main ingredient of many meals. Animal proteins, dairy products and cereal grains have an acidifying effect on our blood which provides a favourable environment for tumours to develop. It also increases the risk of kidney stones, reduces bone density, is associated with low energy levels as well as aches and pains of various types. Vegetables and fruit, on the other hand, are alkaline forming. This is true for lemons as well, which despite being acidic in their raw state, are highly alkaline-forming once digested and that makes them a perfect substitute for acid forming vinegar in salad dressings. This salad provides vegetables as the main ingredient, flavoured with lemon juice (it is vital that it is freshly squeezed) and nuts or seeds.
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