La Courgette

by ally redmond
box of different kinds of zucchini

© Elise Dumas

With my waaaay bigger kitchen garden this year, I’ve had fun growing different varieties of courgette.   Long; round; green; yellow; striped ….   the list is long!  We eat the vegetables quickly because the tiny ones are the most flavoursome, and of course we also love to eat the flowers.

As well as being delicious they are a great plant to have in the vegetable beds, cohabiting fairly easily with other vegetables, and also with flowers.  My main courgette bed is punctuated with yellow and orange marigolds.  Now and again a plant will become a little overenthusiastic and strike out across the lawn, but hey, we can live with that.

For our July/August 20 issue, regular MFCH Contributor Elise Dumas created five recipes that brings out the best in this versatile vegetable. Below, I’ve shared with you all her gorgeous zucchini, asparagus, pea and goat cheese salad, which is as much of a treat for the eyes as it is for the appetite.

Zucchini, Asparagus, Pea & Goat Cheese Salad

courgette salad with peas and flowers

© Elise Dumas

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 2 minutes


4 medium green zucchini

1 cup (150 g) fresh peas

10 green asparagus stalks, finely chopped

¾ cup (100 g) pine nuts

7 tbsp (100 g) fresh goat cheese

2 handfuls of edible pansy flowers

Guérande salt and pepper

For the dressing:

1½ lemons, juiced

3 tbsp olive oi


Using a mandolin, slice the zucchini and set to one side.In a pot of boiling water, place the finely chopped asparagus for about two minutes. Drain and immediately run them under cold water so they keep their color. In a salad bowl, mix the zucchini, asparagus, fresh peas, pine nuts and crumbled goat cheese together. To make the salad dressing, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil. Dress the salad, season to taste and top with the edible pansy flowers. Bon appetit! 

For the four other delicious courgette recipes, get your MFCH Jul/Aug 20 issue!


Ellen August 7, 2020 - 10:54 pm

This looks absolutely scrumptious. I love zucchini, but I prefer the name “courgette.” (Which is also a nickname for our corgi, Georgette.)

Nettie August 8, 2020 - 1:09 am

Oh my, I have everything to make this scrumptious looking salad for lunch tomorrow. Can’t wait! Thanks so much!

Mumbai August 9, 2020 - 2:11 pm

do miss my comment reg. zucc’s

Giftbasketworldwide October 6, 2020 - 3:59 pm

Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. I can hardly wait to try it.

medital February 10, 2023 - 11:24 am


Fred Mike February 21, 2024 - 8:59 am

I have been experimenting with different zucchini varieties too and this recipe is a great inspiration! The use of edible pansy flowers adds such a beautiful touch. It is not just a treat for the appetite but also a feast for the eyes.
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