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One of my go-to salads is marinated zucchini. I’ve done it before, and I didn’t invent it, but I’m on my way to reinventing it. Here’s attempt numero uno:

1 medium zucchini, thick julienne (wide tooth blade on a mandoline)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp evoo
1/2-1 small garlic clove, grated
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tsp fresh thyme
3/4 tsp cumin
1/4 cup golden raisins, soaked in hot water and drained

Combine all ingredients and allow the salad to marinate anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how tangy you like it.

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Diets suck. The key is to eat less, cook more, and include plenty of fruits and veggies. That’s the concentrated advice. Trust me, I’m a dietitian. Whether or not you want to diet, I assure you you need to make this recipe for marinated zucchini before summer disappears. (Adapted from a lunch at al di la.)

Finely dice zucchini and summer squash (alternately, thinly slice lengthwise). Marinate in freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped fresh mint, red pepper flakes and salt. Say what? Yes, that’s it.

This raw salad is so healthy and guilt-free, you’ll feel so good about the way you look, you’ll want to do more than just eat in your underwear.