We were on the deck of our beach house last weekend, mourning the end of summer when my friend, leafing through Bon Appetit magazine, reminded me of how fabulous summer squash is, ie. the yellow and green squash with the edible skin. (The green ones I always call zucchini but summer squash is what you call it when you want to sound like you know what you’re talking about in the seasonal/local food world – actually summer squash is really the name for the group of squash that has the thin edible skin as apposed to winter squash that you have to peel) …Anyway, she reminded me how fabulous raw summer squash ”salad” is.
I generally don’t eat zucchini raw and go out of my way to avoid it on the crudite tray (as apparently do others as evidenced by its lone presence at the end of most parties), but shaved super finely, coupled with a few other food partners and dressed in something light (say lemon and oil), it is delicious.
For this one that I concocted, I had some corn to use up and in the spirit of prolonging summer, I decided to use it on this salad. I highly recommend grilling it and then slicing it off the cob, but if you (like me) don’t have access to grill now that summer’s over, either toss a few cobs under the broiler and rotate (sounds easy but I’ve never done it so don’t take my word for it – but if you do it, let us know how it goes), even simpler- slice the corn off the cob (no need to cook it first), add butter or olive oil to a pan and saute it (the method used by this practical cook).
As for which cheese to use, I went with a goat’s cheese feta but you could use a pecorino or even a blue would be nice. In the dressing department, I kept it simple with lemon and olive oil but if you have a homemade vinaigrette that’s light, you could definitely use that.
You can’t go too wrong with this salad even if you’re a terrible cook! The only way you CAN go wrong, is to cut the squash too thickly – it will be dreadful this way and no one will eat your salad, not even you.
Your fave dishes for stretching summer into fall?
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