Get Baked: Zucchini, Raisin, and Toasted Pine Nut Salad

This salad is delicious and really easy. And vegan!

While the original recipe doesn’t, I toast the pine nuts, because toasting things is fun. If you are in a hurry or disagree, add them when you add the raisins.

Zucchini, Raisin, and Toasted Pine Nut Salad

Adapted from Vincci Ceci nest pas un food blog.


1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium zucchini, sliced into coins
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup raisins (golden or otherwise)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Toast the pine nuts in a skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to make sure they brown evenly and don’t burn. When they’re evenly golden and fragrant, transfer them to a plate to cool.

2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the zucchini, and sauté until it begins to soften (after about five minutes).

3. Add the garlic, raisins, and salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the toasted pine nuts, add the lemon juice to taste, and toss. Serve.

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  1. Does every recipe have to be vegan? I don’t like the stereotype that all lesbians are vegans. Most of the ones I know are not.

  2. Neat recipe! In lieu of pine nuts, what else do you think could be used? Perhaps almonds or maybe sunflower seeds? I have a very bad allergy to pine nuts – they induce anaphylaxis, and it caused a really not-so-fun trip to the hospital for me one time.

  3. toasted pine nuts! so delicious. although technically they are seeds, not nuts, because they come from within the pine cone and are not contained or surrounded by a fruit. yep, I’m a botany nerd.

  4. Yo dawgs eating a healthy, tasty vegetarian diet is difficult for low income people generally. Vegan diets are even more difficult.

    It requires a lot of planning re: preparing the food/figuring out the best diet that has ample protein for your needs. I guess you could eat beans and rice everyday but that’s a pretty awful existence. Nicer vegetarian diets/meals often include expensive spices, take longer to prepare (cooking tofu well so its not wet and rubbery can be difficult), and are more exotic (you didn’t learn to cook them in your meat and green beans home, so you gotta teach yoself).

    It is true that many low income people do not eat vegetarian and it is a tough diet to sustain in a healthy, tasty way, if for nothing else than the extra time it takes to learn new recipes/ways of cooking/ways of balancing your diet.

    The poster had a point though the anger was pointless………..if anything vegetarian recipes are helpful for people who need to learn new/cheaper ways of cooking things….boxed mac and cheese recipes would be pretty pointless…I think we all know how to do those ;)

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