Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad – Recipe

Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad
Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad

What if you picked the very best things from the last of your garden, or the farmer's market, and just barely manipulated them?

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy produce at its peak. I thinly shaved the summer squash, cucumber and Parmigiano-Reggiano with a vegetable peeler, quickly blanched the carrots so their texture didn't overwhelm the other ingredients, and dressed everything with top-notch olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt) . A few thyme leaves and chiffonade of a stray squash blossom sealed the deal.

Please think of this more as a method than a recipe. Be sensitive to the ingredients you have on hand and how you can cut and arrange them to emphasize their greatness, and the salad might just be the showstopper of your meal.

Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad
Serves 2
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free
15 minutes

  • 1 carrot, preferably purple, peeled.
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled
  • 1 small yellow summer squash, shaved
  • best extra-virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt (preferably Maldon (aka the world’s greatest salt))
  • 1 sweet pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, shaved
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • squash blossom, chiffonade
  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the carrot until tender when pierced, and then immediately shock in ice water. Slice.
  2. While the carrot is cooking, shave the cucumber and summer squash with a vegetable peeler or mandoline and put in a small bowl. Don't dress until you are ready to plate.
  3. Toss the cucumber and summer squash with a little olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a big pinch of sea salt.
  4. Arrange a small mound of the cucumber and squash in the middle of each plate. Arrange the pepper, cherry tomatoes and carrot around the plate. Garnish with the cheese, thyme, and squash blossoms and serve immediately.
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, October 11th, 2010 in Gluten-Free or modifiable, Recipes, Salads, Vegan or Modifiable.

5 Responses to “Shaved Summer Squash Composed Salad – Recipe”

  1. Reply
    October 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Congratulations on your win in the Everyday Chef Challenge!! Enjoy your time at bootcamp… and much luck in all your future culinary pursuits.

  2. Reply
    Michael Natkin
    October 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Thanks Lorie! I couldn’t be more excited, and I’m so grateful to everyone who supported me in winning the challenge!

  3. Reply
    October 15, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    Its too cool to have this!

  4. Reply
    October 15, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Hey…I think I recognize that carrot. It looks like a “Purple Haze.” You can get some really nifty effects by peeling the outside of those first…and then just keep on peeling. As you do so, you get thin strips that have lovely purple coloring along the edges. Can make for a very attention-getting garnish.

    (Congrats on the challenge; in honor of it, we made the recipe again last night. Still good. 🙂 )

  5. Reply
    Michael Natkin
    October 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    It may well be a Purple Haze… I don't quite remember, but they sure are beautiful. And this is the home of Jimi Hendrix, so it would be only fitting. Thanks for your help on the challenge!

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