One of the reasons I decided to start my own blog was so I could participate in Dim Sum Sundays, hosted by Big Shamu of The Karmic Kitchen from time to time. This Sunday's theme is "Heart Healthy," and I had the best of intentions to make a dinner along these lines, until my weekend was overrun by purchasing a new eggy-mobile. Since the DSS "rules" are on the loose side, I'm including two that were inspirations for what I had hoped to make. Maybe they'll inspire you too.
this post from Joanne at Eats Well With Others. With thin-sliced zucchini (I used yellow summer squash as well), lemon zest, lemon juice, olives, feta, dill, and a wee bit of olive oil, it was a remarkably satisfying dish. Check out Joanne's post for her version of the recipe.
I had in mind to pair it with venison, which is much leaner than most beef. Some may wrinkle their nose at the notion of carpaccio, but venison carpaccio is one of my favorite dishes, and I'm still thinking it would be great to augment it with this zucchini salad, especially since both would be delicious with this Winterhill lemon olive oil I found in CA.
And here's another gem of an idea, which I picked up from fork.heart.knife - a fabulous new local food business that serves up an outstanding brunch (plus dinners Thurs. and Fri. nights) in addition to their catering capers. It's a salad of apple slices, raw beet matchsticks, and sliced celery, lightly dressed in lemon oil. Very refreshing and flavorful - who knew raw beets could be so good? It made for a great side to fhk's brunch strata (which I tried to crop out of the photo for, you know, the purposes of this heart healthy post).
comments over at Shamu's place. And a happy DSS to all!