Dave’s Zucchini Salad

Preparation info

  • Serves


    as a Side Salad
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Mr Hong

By Dan Hong

Published 2014

  • About

This was the most popular side dish at Lotus and it has a bit of a story to it. When I was working at Bentley Restaurant + Bar, the pastry chef at the time, Dave Verheul, would always make this zucchini, crouton and parmesan salad for the staff meal. It was so delicious that when I went to Lotus, I decided to put it on as a side dish. Diners would ask: ‘Who is Dave?’ Sometimes the waiters would tell them Dave was the dishwasher, or the apprentice at Lotus, and one time we even had to send out a guy from the kitchen pretending to be Dave, because a customer loved it so much they wanted to meet him. After a few months I found out that it wasn’t even Dave’s salad. It belonged to Alex Herbert, who had a bistro called Bird Cow Fish. Dave had worked there before moving to the Bentley and had brought it with him. It is a fantastic accompaniment to any roast or barbecued meat or fish dish. Thanks Dave (and Alex).