Skinny Summer Squash Salad

by ali

Oh man, have I got a treat for you. Ever since finding this recipe in Bon Appetit June 2011 issue, I have been wanting to make it. Once I did FINALLY get around to it this month, I slapped myself on the forehead for not having made it earlier.  You will love this salad.

squash, almond, pecorino, arugula, spinach, salad

skinny squash salad

PLUS – you can keep the bounty of squash growing in your garden to use it in this salad instead of trying to pawn it off on leery neighbors who have started avoiding you at the mailbox.

I have made this salad every week now with different cheeses and nuts – its good each way I’ve had it. Give it a try!

This Salad recipe serves 4


  • 4 tbsp roasted and crushed almonds (you can also use walnuts or pine nuts)
  • 1 lb summer squash (you can use a mix of green and yellow)
  • 2.5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil – I just found this one that I like
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • a few handfuls of baby arugula
  • a few handfuls of baby spinach or red leaf lettuce
  • Pecorino romano cheese to shave over (or use crumbled goat cheese for a different take)
  • black pepper


Trim the ends off of your freshly washed squash. Shave with a vegetable peeler into long strips until you get to the core with the seeds – discard the core. Keep the skin – its great! You can even add some shaved zucchini as well if you have it. It works just as nicely.

Put squash shavings in a bowl, add arugula, spinach and toss with nuts and pecorino cheese shavings.

Dressing: whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper and pour over salad.

Season with fresh ground pepper and enjoy!

Bonus – if you have adorable dogs like I do, they will clean up any delicious and healthy squash shavings that fall on the floor!

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Bacon and squash






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