Summer Squash Salad

15 Jun

My mom said it best as I wrapped up a lesson with my favorite cook club, “To tell you the truth, I was underwhelmed by the idea of a class on squash.” Well, amen to it, but, I have been loving squash and zucchini this season. There is one preparation in particular that I am taken with. It is summer out, the temperature is rising and one of the last things I want to do with the escalating temp is to turn on my oven or heat a pan on the stove. That motivation has forced some creativity on my part, so here are the fruits (well, veggies) of that labor…I am proud to say that the class made a convert of my mom on the squash. I hope it does the same for you!
summer dinner

Raw Squash Salad with Goat Cheese
1 lb small sqash (You can use a mix of them, size does matter here! The small ones are much more tender.)
1 small spring onion
1 handful of ripe cherry or other small tomatoes, sliced
1 lemons
1 T white wine vinegar
10 or so leaves of basil, chiffonade (super thin slice)
2 oz Chevre (French for goat cheese, I love Pure Luck Goat Cheese)
3 T good Texas olive oil (my fav is Texas Olive Ranch)

Using mandoline process the squash and onions. Toss with salt and juice of two lemons. Let sit for 30 minutes. The salt and lemon will tenderize squash and draw out some of the water. Pour off excess water from squash, add sliced tomato, vinegar, goat cheese, olive oil and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

*a note on use of  the mandoline: it makes salad prep a very satisfying endeavor with its impossibly thin slices of veggies, but use caution! This sucker can make quick work of your knuckles and finger tips too. Don’t try to be a hero and get that very last slice, stop before you endanger your fingers. Please!

Thanks for reading. Keep me posted on your food adventures!

Not That Martha

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11 Responses to “Summer Squash Salad”

  1. Margy June 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM #

    This sounds so good! I’m gonna try it but can I try a different cheese? Goat cheese is not my fav.

    • notthatmartha June 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM #

      marg,
      i would sub with parmesan. i think it’ll be real good. let me know how it turns out. ps, the basil was for you!
      i love you!
      mp

  2. Aunt Laura June 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM #

    Martha
    I am so excited about your blog and plan to forward it to Midland friends. We are having the grated zucchini and carrot sauce with pasta tonight!
    Love you!

    • notthatmartha June 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM #

      Ooooh, Aunt Laura,
      That is my very favorite!
      I love you!

  3. Jo June 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM #

    Lovey, your squash salad is so perfect for summer! I love the fruits (well, veggies) of your labor!

    • notthatmartha June 15, 2010 at 11:13 PM #

      sugar, you are my favorite test subject!!! thanks for being along for the ride!

  4. Jesse June 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM #

    oooh yummers! What a good idea! How about for a cheese sub try the Pure Luck Feta? Still a little goaty but with that saltiness? I suppose I’m just looking for an excuse to buy that feta.

  5. Mom June 16, 2010 at 2:35 PM #

    The friiers were another favorite on the squash day!

  6. Adie June 21, 2010 at 7:24 AM #

    I’m proud of you!!!don’t know about all this healthy stuff!!!! Love you

  7. Matthew C. Kriner July 16, 2010 at 4:48 AM #

    Great Squash post, thanks.

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