This gorgeous raw courgette and peach salad might just be my new summery favourite. Courgette ribbons are tossed with juicy ripe peaches and a SUPER punchy dressing, laced with lots of lime juice and chilli. It hits all the best flavour notes – sweet, salty, sour and spicy – and it’s seriously addictive.
I am very aware that this is a bit of a rogue combination. But I promise it really works. Courgettes are one of those vegetables that really operate like a bit of a flavour sponge. It’s super mild by itself, so can handle being mixed with strong, punchy flavours. This recipe really takes advantage of that!
There are only a handful of easy-to-find ingredients that go into this lovely salad.
- Courgettes (zucchini). I really love using courgette raw in salads like this – it softens beautifully in the salsa and has a super satisfying crunch.
- Peaches. A juicy, ripe peach just screams summer to me and I really love using them in salads. They provide a sweet counterpart to the salty, sour salsa and pair so well with the courgettes. Make sure they’re ripe though, or the salad will be too sour. You could use ripe nectarines or plums also.
- Coriander. I know coriander (or cilantro) is a divisive herb and I actually never used to like it. I love it now though and love it here. Use flat-leaf parsley or spring onions (scallions) in its place if you’re a coriander hater!
- Fish sauce. Another potentially divisive one but honestly, fish sauce in salad dressing is one of my FAVOURITE secrets to boosting flavour. The salty, umami-ness can’t be matched with just salt and it creates such a depth of flavour. I promise it doesn’t taste fishy! If you’re vegan or vegetarian, replace it with tamari.
- Dukkah. This is a DELICIOUS Egyptian spice blend that I always make sure I have in my cupboard. It’s a mix of roasted nuts, seeds and spices and adds such a flavour and textural punch to a dish. Try our easy dukkah recipe if you’ve not tried it before! If you don’t have any though, you could just add some crushed nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts would be good) or sesame seeds in its place.
How to make it
Start by prepping your courgettes and peaches. I like to use a vegetable peeler to make the courgette ribbons – it’s super easy and weirdly satisfying1 Chop the ends of the courgettes, and peel them into strips. I tend to discard the first strip as it is really just skin. Halve your peaches, remove the pits and then slice finely.
Next you’re going to make the dressing. I find it easiest to zest the lime straight into the bowl you’re going to mix the salsa in (anything for less cleaning up!) Then add chopped red chilli, lime juice, fish sauce, olive oil, dukkah and salt. Give everything a good mix and set aside.
Now you can bring everything together! Add the shaved courgettes, sliced peaches and coriander to a large bowl then pour in about 3/4 of the salsa. Give it a good mix (I find it’s actually easier to do this with tongs – the courgettes and peaches like to stick together so doing it with tongs means they can separate and be coated with the salsa properly). Transfer to a serving plate and spoon over the rest of the salsa and the remaining dukkah. This salad is best to eat right after dressing as the courgettes will start to release water the longer they sit.
Got a question?
This salad is really best right after you’ve mixed it with the salsa. That’s because courgettes have quite a high water content and the longer they sit, the more watery the salad will become.
You can peel the courgette ribbons, slice the peaches and make the salsa in advance, then just mix them together when you’re ready to serve. The courgettes and peaches can be prepared the day before, and the salsa will be fine for 3 days.
Go for any other ripe stone fruit – nectarines or plums would be great alternatives.
I know coriander is a love-or-hate kind of herb! Use flat-leaf parsley or finely chopped spring onions in place of the coriander if you like.
This salad makes a lovely light lunch by itself, and pairs really well with loads of things. Try it with sticky gochujang chicken, sweet chilli glazed halloumi or miso salmon and homemade oven chips for a gorgeous colourful spread.
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Raw Courgette and Peach Salad with Lime Salsa
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 side servings 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
This gorgeous raw courgette and peach salad might just be my new summer favourite. Courgette ribbons are tossed with juicy ripe peaches and a SUPER punchy dressing, laced with lots of lime juice and chilli. It hits all the best flavour notes – sweet, salty, sour and spicy – and it’s seriously addictive.
- 2 courgettes (about 450g)
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1/2 cup torn coriander leaves
- 1/2 a red chilli
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon dukkah (try our easy dukkah recipe)
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Prepare the courgette and peaches. Chop the top and bottom off the courgettes. Using a vegetable peeler (or mandoline if you have one), shave the courgettes into long strips. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Halve the peaches, remove their pits, then cut into thin slices. Add to the mixing bowl with the courgettes. Throw in the 1/2 cup of torn coriander leaves.
- Make the lime chilli salsa. De-seed and slice the ½ red chilli into small pieces and add to a small bowl. Zest the lime using a microplane or the fine side of a grater and add that to the chilli. Add 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon of the dukkah, 2 teaspoons of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Mix with a spoon to combine.
- Combine the ingredients. Add 3/4 of the lime salsa to the bowl with the courgettes, peaches and coriander. Gently toss together to coat.
- Garnish and serve. Transfer the salad to a serving plate, then drizzle over the remaining salsa and 1/2 tablespoon of dukkah. Serve right away.
You’re going to want to assemble and serve this straight away as the courgette will get a bit watery the longer it sits. But you can prepare everything separately in advance, then just mix and serve when you’re ready.
This is a PUNCHY salsa when tasted by itself. Don’t worry though – when it’s mixed through the mild courgettes and sweet peaches it really works. It hits all the sweet, salty, sour and spicy notes I love so much!
You could switch out the peaches for nectarines or plums, just make sure they’re sweet and ripe.
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: salads
- Method: no cook
- Cuisine: mediterranean
- Serving Size: 1/4 plate
Keywords: courgette salad, peach salad