ffwD: Roasted zucchini tagliatelle with minted cucumbers and lemon

I was recently asked why I made certain ffwD recipes when I knew I wouldn’t like them. Seeing as this week’s recipe called for dreaded raw onion, I took that inquiry to heart. I didn’t want to skip the recipe nor did I want to make it knowing I’d just complain and not eat it. So, I did something that made the raw onions more palatable: I oven roasted them with the long, thin strips of zucchini. And, it worked out rather well!

I seasoned the onion and zucchini with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence and oven roasted them for approximately forty minutes. In the meantime, I seeded, chopped, and tossed the fresh cucumber with chopped mint and lemon juice. When the onion and zucchini were ready, I formed a mound of the warm, roasted veggies on a plate and surrounded it by a perimeter of the cool cucumber and mint. The warm and cool veggies tasted delicious when mixed, and I especially enjoyed the bits of mint throughout. No complaints here!

This minted zucchini tagliatelle with cucumbers and lemon dish was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 01:27:26

    Looks good to me – seems you made the right move.

  2. Tandy
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 01:49:19

    We also do not eat raw onions! Roasting them is a great idea πŸ™‚

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 01:54:07

    Mmmm roasted anything, especially this appetiser, rocks πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. TrafficDiva
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 05:30:44

    I simply love the presentation!!! And roasting the onions was a Great idea!! Couple the sweetness of the onions with the minty cucumber bits..Sounds amazing!! HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, YUMMY!!!! =)

  5. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 05:34:35

    Definitely a great twist on the recipe! I wasnΒ΄t very excited about this salad either, but itΒ΄s a nice way to experiment. Have a great weekend!

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 05:59:18

    I like that you try things you strongly suspect you won’t like. This is too cool looking!

  7. Tasty Mayhem
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 06:13:05

    Same reaction reading the recipe: ugh, raw onions. The dish surprised me – the raw sweet onion tasted good. I thought of cooking the onion, but not the zucchini too. Brilliant.

  8. Susan Holding
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 08:22:15

    Great redo! Roasting was a great idea. I cut back on the raw onion, and picked around it. I think I’m ready for fall recipes! Have a great weekend-

  9. Cher
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 08:38:33

    I like that you went ahead and roasted this. I am no fan of raw onions either – so I just left them out.

  10. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 08:39:40

    Very pretty! I might like this recipe if I did it your way!

  11. spicegirlfla
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 08:56:31

    wooo, what a pretty presentation!! I like how you adjusted this to your liking! I’m not a fan of raw onions either, so I totally like your idea!

  12. Ei
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:06:51

    I think roasting the zucchini and onions sounds like a great idea. Otherwise, you’re just eating raw zucchini. No fun.

  13. Betsy
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:30:37

    I don’t like raw onions either, so I used scallions which I don’t mind raw. However, I love that you roasted the zucchini and onion. I do love roasted zucchini, I think more than I like raw. Nice job!

  14. Promenade Claire
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:47:44

    Good idea about roasting the onions! And another recipe to save and make soon as we have plenty of courgettes πŸ™‚

  15. Geraldine Saucier
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 09:58:12

    Your presentation is lovely. I love the idea of roasting veggies was brillant. The are much more flavorful when roasted. Thanks for sharing:)

  16. Kayte
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:10:16

    Beautiful presentation, and I love the idea of roasting the vegetables as well…in fact, I will give that version a go as well. Delightful!

  17. Jennifer B.
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:41:09

    That picture is so beautiful. Am I the only freak who likes raw onions? But your approach looked even better with those beautiful caramelized flavors.

  18. Rose
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 13:29:38

    Looks like a delicious adaptation. Very well done. All of Dorie’s elements are there, just tweaked.

  19. rondamkisner
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 15:59:14

    Such and artistic picture!

  20. eatinglikeahorse
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 16:01:24

    I was just thinking about vegetable noodles – and I’ve just been given a giant yellow courgette by my dad – perfect timing, this looks great!

  21. Liz
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 16:24:53

    I think you came up with a MUCH better dish! I passed…knowing hubby wouldn’t eat it…and I wasn’t thrilled with raw zucchini and mint. I should have been more creative πŸ™‚

  22. greyhousejournal
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 18:41:36

    Love raw onions but your idea really sounds good! Actually seems a better blend overall vs. raw. Yum!

  23. bakeawaywithme.com
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 19:27:40

    I might have actually liked this salad if I had roasted my zucchini! This one was not a winner for me! I agree with Liz, you made a much better dish!!

  24. Mary Hirsch
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 20:29:52

    Now that’s a plan. I really didn’t have a good time making or eating this salad. Bottom line, I don’t like my zucchini, uncooked, and I don’t think raw cucumbers, onions and zucchini play together well. You had a very good idea that would have made my dinner more palatable. Good for you.

  25. Three Well Beings
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 00:34:38

    I love the ingredients and this recipe combines them so creatively. The beautiful photo strengthens my interest! Debra

  26. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 06:41:06

    Raw onions isn’t my friend either, but I totally love them cooked! You made the right choice there. πŸ™‚

  27. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 07:52:43

    Roasted veggies are my favorite way to eat almost all veggies! And, while I do like raw onions, I adore roasted ones.

  28. Amit
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 08:24:38

    thts a very smart thing to do. Roast/cooking onions make it more palatable.Nicely presented

  29. Anita Menon
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 08:29:53

    thts a very smart thing to do. Roast/cooking onions make it more palatable.Nicely presented

  30. Norma Chang
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 08:58:55

    Good for you, dish looks fantastic and sure it tastes as good as it looks.

  31. machisan
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 09:10:22

    What delicious photos!

  32. dulceshome
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 10:58:37

    What a great idea! I don’t mind raw onions, but roasting them with the zucchini sounds great, and then with the contrast of the cucumber-mint salad… very, very nice!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  33. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 13:35:35

    Although I like raw onions but I do feel roasting them really add sweetness and more death to their flavor…
    This looks wonderful!!
    And the cucumber salad must have added the needed crunch and texture here..

  34. kitchen therapy
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 17:53:02

    very clever!!!
    Looks delicious!

  35. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 18:25:04

    There is no such thing as too many zucchini recipes!

  36. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 19:06:38

    I can never have too many zucchini πŸ™‚ I don’t mind raw onions, but I prefer them cooked!

  37. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 19:08:57

    You are the most dedicated person to cook things you know ahead of time will be tough to swallow. I don’t think I could do it. This dish and the presentation is just lovely!

  38. Janet Rudolph
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 19:14:39

    Wouldn’t have thought of minted cucumbers..and lemon.. great idea.. I have a lot of zucchini..

  39. nana
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 20:30:48

    I think I would have enjoyed this if I had roasted the veggies too. Your salad
    really looks good and tasty. Have a lovely holiday weekend.

  40. The Squishy Monster
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 21:42:11

    What a great twist! Lovely looking dish, my friend!

  41. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 23:49:09

    What a beautiful dish and a smart way to adapt it to suit your liking!

  42. Beth
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 06:53:02

    Congratulations on going outside of your comfort zone! It looks delicious.

  43. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 07:57:22

    oh what a beautiful way to enjoy zucchini!

  44. atasteofmadess
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 14:22:59

    Good idea! I’m glad you didn’t skip over it, and adapted it to your taste. I would have probably done the same

  45. Eng.Hasan Al-Bahkali
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 15:16:43

    Nice blog

  46. hotlyspiced
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 20:52:11

    Good on you for keeping on with the ffwd even when you’re presented with a recipe of something you know you won’t like. Great idea to roast the onions! xx

  47. cindyrina
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 00:39:54

    simple and delicious!!!

  48. Amanda chic
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 05:58:10

    Yumm! πŸ˜€ I am cooking this dishes . You have always good ideas to do

    A chic kiss πŸ˜‰

  49. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 09:46:02

    I haven’t made this yet, but I may give your version a try. I’m not a fan of raw zucchini.

  50. Ameena
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 11:43:41

    Not many people like raw onion! I think you made the right decision…it looks delicious!

  51. Jana β˜…
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 12:11:21

    Que tal el veranito?
    Un besito ^^

  52. Purely.. Kay
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 13:23:46

    Just reading about the flavors of zucchini and lemon is making me excited and hungry at the same time :).

  53. Louise
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 15:18:51

    So I’ve never roasted zucchini, which as I think about it, is rather odd. I have one more lovely one sitting on the counter and I will need to try roasting it with onions, which I have roasted before. I can’t wait to taste the final results. Interesting how one question could lead to an entirely new dish!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  54. Bonnie (@GlamKitten88)
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 21:28:56

    This sounds delicious!

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  55. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 21:43:09

    This sounds light and refreshing — unlike most of the food I ate this long weekend!

  56. Audrey Allure
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 22:24:15

    That looks so good!

  57. forgottenbeast
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 10:08:11

    Smart! I can’t stand raw onions either, but I absolutely love them roasted or caramelized!

  58. Holly
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 23:00:56

    I adore zucchini!! Love your picture of this deliciousness! πŸ™‚

  59. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 01:18:25

    Good idea on roasting onions – I’m not a big fan of raw onion either. I still think you are amazing to challenge yourself to make something new for this FFWD. I’m way too lazy… =P Well, I like zucchini and this looks very pretty!

  60. jora
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 10:32:19

    What a great idea! I’m not a fan of raw zucchini, so this sounds excellent to me.

  61. Quay Po Cooks
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 19:51:45

    Very rustic looking and I have no doubt it is delicious.

  62. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 12:17:48

    I have had such a love for lemon in the past week and I am about to throw out some zuchinni bc I havent found a use for it – it’s near bad. Tonight!

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