NZ Woman's Weekly

Summer vegetable salad with lemon sour cream dressing

  • Servings

  • Courses

    Quick lunch

I love giving everyone their own little bottle of dressing when having a dinner party.

  • 1 zucchini, peeled into ribbons
  • ½ cup minted frozen peas or fresh peas from the pod
  • 60g mesclun salad greens
  • 4 bocconcini balls, torn
  • ¼ cup slivered, toasted almonds


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely crushed
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Cracked pepper

1 Heat a medium saucepan of water and blanch the zucchini ribbons for 30 seconds to a minute, until they are wavy.

2 Drain on paper towels. Add the peas to the water and cook for 1 minute, then drain. In a large bowl, combine the mesclun with drained zucchini and peas.

3 Divide between two plates. Top with torn bocconcini and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with a little bottle of dressing.

4 For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together until smooth and liquid (add warm water to thin, if needed).

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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