Recipe and images by Emma Galloway
You could also use a selection of mixed salad greens in place of the spinach, if preferred. Pine nuts have a tendency to go rancid quite quickly due to their high oil content, which is why I always store mine in the freezer. They can be used straight from the freezer.
4 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
olive oil, to shallow-fry
1 bunch baby spinach (2–3 handfuls)
2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
Roasted Capsicum Dressing
1 red capsicum, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
1 clove garlic
½ tsp honey
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
125ml (½ cup) extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt, to taste
Set oven to grill, place the capsicum halves, cut-side down onto a tray and rub a little olive oil onto the tops. Grill 8–10 minutes or until charred and black in places. Remove from the oven and place into a bowl, cover with a tight-fitting lid/plate and set aside for 5–10 minutes. Peel off skin and discard. Place grilled capsicum, garlic, honey and red wine vinegar into a blender and pulse until roughly blended. Add olive oil and blend on high until smooth and emulsified. Season with salt, to taste.
Slice zucchini into 1 cm rounds. Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook zucchini in batches until golden brown on both sides. Season with a little salt and pepper, then transfer to a plate, repeat with remaining zucchini.
To serve, arrange spinach leaves and grilled zucchini onto a platter, scatter with toasted pine nuts and drizzle with enough dressing to coat the leaves. Any leftover dressing will store in a glass jar in the fridge for 4–5 days.
NB: To toast pine nuts, place into a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Cook, stirring often until golden. Watch carefully as they can go from light golden, to burnt in a matter of seconds.
Emma Galloway is a former chef, food photographer and creator of the multi-award winning food blog My Darling Lemon Thyme. Emma has published two cookbooks, My Darling Lemon Thyme and A Year in My Real Food Kitchen. She lives in her hometown of Raglan, with her husband and two children.