Courgette fritters with dill & cucumber sauce

Grated courgette and goat’s cheese are pressed into patties and baked in this sensational vegetarian starter

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 6
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 151
  • fat 10g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 7g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.3g


  • rapeseed oil or vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 350g courgettes, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 50g buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 50g goat’s cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 50ml raw apple cider vinegar (see tip)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • small pack dill, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 60g bag baby kale
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


Why choose raw?

I’ve used all raw ingredients, as they have a fuller flavour than commercial versions. They also retain their natural enzymes, which are mostly destroyed during pasteurisation. These enzymes can have a beneficial effect on digestion – however, these recipes would be just as delicious with your favourite honey or a standard cider vinegar. We used Hill Top Honey, available from and The raw cider vinegar we used, by Raw Health, is available from AmazonOcado or

Make veggie burgers

It is easy to turn these fritters into vegetarian burgers for a laidback lunch. Spread houmous over six sesame seed rolls and fill each with
a fritter, a spoonful of the sauce and some baby kale leaves. You can also use the mix to make mini fritters to serve as canapés.


  1. First make the sauce. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar and lemon juice, then slowly add the oil while continuing to whisk.

  2. Stir in the dill and cucumber, and chill until using. This can be made the night before.

  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and brush a large baking tray with oil.

  4. For the fritters, gather the courgette in a clean tea towel and squeeze it to get rid of any excess moisture. Tip the courgette into a large bowl and mix together with the egg, buckwheat flour, onion seeds, pumpkin seeds and garlic. Season well, then dollop heaped spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared tray to create 6 round fritters. Press a piece of goat’s cheese into the middle of each one.

  5. Bake for 20-25 mins or until firm and golden on the top. Leave to cool on the tray before transferring to a wire rack. Serve cold or just warm, with the dill sauce, baby kale and lemon wedges on the side.

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