Zucchini & Snow Pea Salad


  • Spring


1 pound zucchini (about 2 medium or 1 large)
1/2 lb (8oz) snow peas, trimmed
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 teaspoon sugar
fresh herbs &/or green onion as desired


Very thinly slice zucchini and place in a large sieve set over a bowl. Toss zucchini with 3/4 tsp salt and drain 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, blanch snow peas in a pot of boiling salted water (2 Tbsp salt for 4 qt water) 1 1/2 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge snow peas into an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain again and pat dry.
Rinse zucchini under cold running water, then press gently to remove any excess liquid. Pat dry.
Toast sesame seeds in a dry small skillet over medium heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes, then cool.
Stir together remaining ingredients in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved, then toss with vegetables and sesame seeds.