If you’re looking for a simple, quick alternative to the boring old side salad, this is the recipe for you! Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables, and I’m always trying new ways to prepare it: grilled, sautéed, stuffed and baked, but this was a new one for me. You can use zucchini and yellow squash (I like the combination for color, but you could use just one), and shave them with a vegetable peeler. The result is ribbons of delicious and colorful squash which pair perfectly with slightly bitter baby arugula, and a tart, lemony vinaigrette. Roasted almonds add the perfect crunch to this simple salad.
(This, like most of my favorite recipes, comes from Epicurious.com. This site gives you free access to thousands of recipes, along with user reviews and suggestions on recipe improvements/variations.)
Shaved Summer Squash Salad
- 3 tablespoons whole almonds
- 1 pound summer squash (a mix of green and yellow)*
- 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 minced garlic clove**
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Baby arugula
*The smaller your squash, the easier it is to shave, as there are fewer and smaller seeds.