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