Farmer Lee Jones teaches us that at every stage of the plant's life, it offers something new and unique to the plate. This couldn’t be more true with any other vegetable like it is with the zucchini plant. The zucchini itself is really only a small percentage of the plant's total mass and it is in fact entirely edible.
In this dish we will make a pasta salad using every part of the plant. Stems, Leaves, Seeds, Fruits, and Blooms.
Aside from the pesto, the rest of the ingredients are raw and will marinate making them better with time. This salad will excel when prepped and assembled in advance.
Variations: if you don’t have a zucchini plant or a farmers market to shop at, we will offer a few substitutions throughout this recipe to assemble a delicious pasta salad of rigatoni, shaved zucchini, pesto, herbs and grated cheese.