Shaved Summer Squash with Squash Blossoms

August 2, 2009.   1 Comments.   Categories Fabulous Side Dishes, Seasonal Vegetables, Summer, Vegetarian.   Tags , , , , .


Shaved Summer Squash with Squash Blossoms

from A Platter of Figs by David Tanis.I can’t say enough about this book.  Every recipe is so fresh and simple, allowing the seasonal ingredients to shine without over seasoning or complicated sauces masking their flavors.  When I was looking for a fresh way to enjoy summer squash this recipe did the trick.  It only takes a few ingredients and minutes of your time to assemble this beautiful summery and colorful dish.


  • 2 pounds small yellow zucchini
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 12 squash blossoms
  • 1/2 pound ricotta salata or mild feta

Rinse zucchini and wipe dry.  Cut off both ends of each zucchini.  Using a mandoline or sharp thin-bladed knife, cut the squash lengthwise into very thin slices.  Put the squash into a large bowl and cover with a damp towel and until you’re ready to serve.

Just before serving season the squash lightly with salt and pepper and toss gently.  Drizzle with olive oil just to coat.  Add the juice of half the lemon.  Toss again, taste and adjust the seasoning.

Mound the dressed squash on a platter.  Tear the squash blossoms (petals only) into strips and scatter them over the salad.  With a sharp vegetable peeler, shave the cheese over the platter.  Serve immediately.

1 Comment

  1. This dish sounds very good. I’m have some zucchini from my garden and I’mgoing to have to make it for myself!

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