Come July and our refrigerator starts to overflow with zucchinis from the garden. It really is the land of plenty during these summer months. My zucchini radar bursts into action, homing in on any recipe with zucchini in it that sounds palatable. So when my friend Katie told me about the turkey zucchini burger recipe she makes from the drop-dead-gorgeous cookbook Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi I couldn’t wait to try it.
All I can say is WOW. This really is one of the best burger recipes I’ve ever encountered. You know how turkey burgers can sometimes be on the dry side? The shredded zucchini added to the mix makes these turkey burgers incredibly moist. Both turkey and zucchini can be a little dull flavor-wise, but you when boost them with herbs and spices like mint, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and cayenne, they are anything but dull.
Who says you need mayo for a tuna salad? Here’s an Asian inspired tuna salad with radishes, green onions, and shredded carrots, dressed with rice vinegar and sesame oil. Great chilled or at room temperature. Perfect for picnics or potlucks. Serve it over chopped lettuce, in a sandwich, in lettuce wraps, or our favorite, tossed with Japanese buckwheat soba noodles. My advice? Make a double batch. This one disappears quickly.