Courgette and Parma ham salad recipe

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  • Healthy
  • Low-fat
serves: 4
Skill: easy
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 141 kCal 7%
Fat 10g 14%
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  • This easy dish is a delicious light lunch or starter. You just need a vegetable peeler to cut the courgettes into thin ribbons.


    • 2 medium/large courgettes, green or yellow
    • 2tbsp lemon juice
    • 8 slices (90g pack) Parma ham
    • About 30g (1oz) Parmesan cheese
    • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • A few parsley leaves


    • Peel the courgettes into wafer-thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler or mandolin. Put them in a bowl with the lemon juice and a little water for a few mins, to soften them.

    • Arrange the Parma ham slices and the drained courgette ribbons in ‘waves’ on the four plates, then add some shavings of Parmesan.

    • Whisk the oil and vinegar together and drizzle over the salad. Season well and garnish with a few parsley leaves.

    Top tip for making Courgette and Parma ham salad

    Buying tip: When buying courgettes, avoid dull, bendy ones; go for firm with bright skin. Courgettes don’t freeze well, except in soup.

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