Recipe: summer squash salad with basil and pine nuts

Written by adam

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This is another recipe from Gina, of Ask Gina fame, who will solve any of your cooking riddles. Go on. Ask her.

You can run in a lot of different directions with this sort of raw vegetable salad: zucchini ribons, fennel, celery, shaved asparagus, what have you. Basically, thinly sliced veggies + olive oil + lemon + parm = yum.

**Ingredients**

* 1 1/2 lbs summer squash (such as yellow squash or zucchini), julienned
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* zest from 1 lemon
* juice from 2 lemons
* 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
* 3 tablespoons pinenuts
* 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 20-30 fresh basil leaves, julienned
* salt to taste

**Directions**

Combine all ingredients and serve.

**Tips**

* Here’s a how-to on julienned vegetables (not much to it really)
* And here’s a how-to on julienned basil, which is actually chiffonaded basil, which does involve a little trick
* If you prefer your garlic mild, keep in mind that you can smash a clove, toss it whole with the salad, and then remove it

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1 Comment

  1. Jean Kaiwi

    This receipe came just in time. My first summer squash just matured. It was about a foot and a half long. I’ve used the neck to make this delicious salad. Had lots of basil that needed to be used up, too. Thanks a lot.