Zucchini tossed with roasted, spiced almonds, and zucchini bread croutons
Courtesy of Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Servings: Makes 4 servings 
  • 1 pound small zucchini (about 4), trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. almond oil
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. minced shallots
  • 1 packed cup mixed whole herbs such as parsley and chervil and dill and mint
  • 3/4 cup roasted whole blanched almonds (recipe)
  • 2 cups zucchini bread croutons (recipe)
Slice zucchini in half lengthwise; place cut side down and slice into 1/4-inch half-rounds.

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat; add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still crisp, 2 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

Add vinegar, almond oil, lemon juice, and shallots; set aside 5 minutes. To serve, gently toss in herbs, almonds, and croutons.