Refreshing Summer Squash Salad (Recipe)


I’ve always had a problem with summer squash — as much as I love the stuff, the last thing I want to eat on a sweltering day in the middle of July is a hearty squash, invariably one meant to be warm. But luckily, this light, refreshing salad, which uses summer squashes that are little more than sliced, has changed my philosophy. Check it out for yourself!

Shaved Summer Squash Salad


  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons almonds, roasted and crushed
  • 1 Pound various green and yellow summer squashes, ends trimmed, and sliced thinly lengthwise with a vegetable peeler
  • 3 Cups baby arugula
  • 3 Tablespoons almonds, roasted and crushed
  • Parmesan Cheese for garnish (optional)

1. Whisk oil, lemon juice, minced garlic and a pinch or two of kosher salt in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Adjust salt for taste. Place squash in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the squash. Let it marinate for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Add arugula to salad and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss again. Transfer salad to serving plates, add almonds and optional cheese, and serve.

Recipe Adapted from: Epicurious.

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Susan M.
Susan M4 years ago

I had so much zucchini one year I was using it every day and here is one of my favorite recipes. Take the Zucc and chop it up, add it to your blender, add some fat free half and half or soy milk, a dash of nutmeg and some salt, and blend it to a puree. Now refrigerate it for a couple of hours and have it as a cold soup. It is so delicious and refreshing.

Lone Wolf
Lone W4 years ago

Very original and sounds delicious.

Geoff P.
Past Member 4 years ago

I would still prefer good old lettuce with spring onion with a nice dressing.

JL A4 years ago


Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago


Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Sounds good....

Shawn P.
Shawn P4 years ago

I love zucchini! Like to saute it in onions and olive oil and toss it into spaghetti.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago


heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Quote: "The term "summer" and "winter" for squash are only based on current usage, not on actuality. "Summer" types are on the market all winter; and "winter" types are on the markets in the late summer and fall, as well as winter. Thus, the terms "summer" and "winter" are deceptive and confusing."
The picture shows Zuccini ...........

Peter A.
Past Member 4 years ago