What’s not cooking, part 2 (zucchini edition)

Although the temperatures have abated somewhat since my recent post on eating without cooking, we have a bunch of young zucchinis and yellow squashes that have lent themselves to this minimalist approach.

If it seems like it’s early for summer squashes, it is, a little–we took a chance when we planted some outside about 7 weeks ago, and it has paid off. Also, we all tend to like these squashes better when they’re still small, so we’re harvesting them earlier than others might.

Last week I brought home a handful of these dainty squashes, peeled them, then used the peeler to cut them into slender ribbons. I tossed these in a pesto (from the greenhouse) made of basil, almonds, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. A lovely side dish that could have been a main course if I’d had more squashes.

Later in the summer when we have bigger squashes, I’ll cut wider ribbons into a bowl and toss them with a lemon vinaigrette and some herbs. Topped with shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese, it’s a great starter or lunch salad.

And while heat is involved in this preparation, it doesn’t count as cooking when it happens on a grill: I sliced a few small squashes lengthwise, brushed them with rosemary-infused olive oil, and grilled them alongside a flatiron steak from Arch River Farm that had been marinated in rosemary, lavender, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.

We expect to have a lot more summer squashes coming along, so if you have any suggestions for using them–especially with little or no cooking–feel free to add them to the comments.

This entry was posted in Blog post and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to What’s not cooking, part 2 (zucchini edition)

  1. Pingback: What To Do With Summer Squash « jovinacooksitalian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s