September 16, 2011

Shaved Summer Squash Salad

Zucchinis and yellow or summer squash are actually both summer squash, a term used to separate these soft immature squash from the hard mature squash we eat called winter squash. Though squash is a new world plant, what we know as zucchini was developed in Italy after the squash plant was introduced to Europe by explorers. The term zucchini, from the Italian zucchina or zucchine for small squash, is used in the States and Australia, whereas many other countries in the world refer to zucchini as courgette from the French for petite squash. Because summer squash are picked immature they can be easily eaten raw, as they are very tender and so delicious in salads. Shaved summer squash salad goes well with a multitude of dishes including warm lentil salad, gnocchi and rye berry salad.

For Kim, who introduced me to a similar dish last summer.

2 small zucchini, trimmed and thinly shaved into rounds

2 small summer squash, trimmed and thinly shaved into rounds

¼ red bell pepper, finely diced

1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped

¼ c parmesan, finely shaved or grated

1 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper

1. Thinly shave summer squash and zucchini into rounds, using either a mandolin or sharp knife. Once squash are shaved, place in a medium-mixing bowl.

2. Add bell pepper, parsley, parmesan and olive oil. Gently toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Serve salad room temperature or chilled.

Serves 3-4


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