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Zucchini Fritters with Cilantro Garlic Sauce
and basmati rice salad

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A fresh and flavorful cilantro garlic sauce is the real inspiration for this dish. The rice salad, which is dressed with the sauce, was previously featured in 2018
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Cilantro Garlic Sauce:
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, olive - 1/3 cup
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Miso paste, any color - 1 Tbsp (sub soy sauce)
Zucchini Fritters:
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, shredded
  • Cheese, ricotta - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs - 1
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1/3 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup
Basmati Rice (enough for 2 nights):
  • Water - 3 1/2 cups
  • Rice, basmati - 2 cups
Basmati Rice Salad:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz, chopped
  • Basmati rice, cooked (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 cups
  • Cilantro Garlic Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/2 cup

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Prep

  1. Cook rice - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) Fill a saucepan with water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then add rice. Bring to a simmer, cover, turn heat down to low, and cook until rice has absorbed all the liquid, 15 to 18 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make cilantro garlic sauce - Roughly chop cilantro and garlic. Combine with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and miso paste. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Tomatoes / Spinach - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Zucchini - Shred with a box grater and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Squeeze in a clean dish towel or paper towel to remove as much liquid as possible (this is the key to crispy fritters). (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave just until slightly warm (reserve half for Wednesday). Combine rice with tomatoes, spinach, and cilantro garlic sauce. Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Make fritter batter by combining zucchini with ricotta, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil. When oil begins to shimmer, test the fritter batter by adding a heaping spoonful to the pan. If the fritter is mostly liquid and spreads out, add a bit more flour to the batter. Cook the remaining fritters in batches until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Serve zucchini fritters with yogurt on top and rice salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (71)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (14)

54 reviews

Excellent!

By: Jamie
Posted: Aug 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent especially the sauce. Whole family enjoyed this.

By: Christy
Posted: Sep 13, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious! So easy and fast.

By: Judy
Posted: Jul 06, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so good! Subs: used a shallot instead of garlic in the sauce (I think it gave it a slightly milder flavor) and quinoa instead of rice. I also added an onion to the roasted veggies (used grape tomatoes instead of Roma). It was a light but filling meal. Definitely will make again!

By: Sarah
Posted: Mar 03, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Salmon was great, veggies terrific! Nobody in the house was a fan of the sauce. So many of you loved the sauce, I'll need to try it again.

By: Barbara
Posted: Jan 22, 2020
Diet: Original
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Fantastic! I tasted the sauce initially and probably added too much lemon juice so I added a tablespoon of honey to balance it out and it was great. Love this way of cooking salmon!

By: Ann
Posted: Jan 18, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
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