Grilled Zucchini Salad with Purslane & Tomato
The fresh Lemon -Dijon dressing perfectly highlights the flavors of the smoky grilled zucchini, crisp purslane, and juicy tomatoes in this recipe for Grilled Zucchini Salad with Purslane and Tomato from Epicurious.
There's nothing I love more than a simple recipe that's sublime in flavor. This salad greatly exceeded my expectations!
So what's purslane? Also known as poor man's spinach, purslane tastes rather like a very fat-leafed, succulent spinach, with a tangy lemony flavor. It looks more like watercress, with small leaves and a thick stalk:
Purslane can be used in salads (fatoush, potato), soups, and in place of spinach. Although considered a weed by many, purslane's reputation is on the up-swing, mostly because it contains an Omega-3 fatty acid (an antioxidant) and is a good source of Vitamins A & C. This recipe, therefore, is this week's contribution to Sweetnicks ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday (ARF=Antioxidant Rich Food).
And special thanks to cookiecrumb for introducing me to this healthy and delicious herb at our local farmers' market!