Zucchini Ribbon Pasta Salad with Parmesan

Pasta salad gets a new look when zucchini is cut into thin pasta-like ribbons rather than the usual slices. The zucchini is marinated overnight in the salad’s flavorful dressing before it’s tossed with fettuccine, basil and Parmesan cheese.

3 to 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 lb.)
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 oz. refrigerated fettuccine
1/3 cup julienned fresh basil, divided
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 oz. Parmesan cheese, shaved into curls, divided

1. With vegetable peeler, shave zucchini lengthwise into long thin ribbons.

2. With side of chef’s knife, mash garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt on cutting board into paste. Combine zucchini ribbons, garlic paste, oil, lemon juice and pepper in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water to cool.

4. Toss zucchini mixture with half of the basil, lemon peel and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add fettuccine; toss. Add half of the cheese curls; toss. Serve topped with remaining cheese curls and basil.

6 (1-cup) servings

PER SERVING: 220 calories, 15.5 g total fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 7 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 15 mg cholesterol, 620 mg sodium, 2 g fiber