From grilled veggie sides to inventive salads, get our favorite ways to enjoy summer squash and zucchini
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Summer Squash Salad with Crispy Shallots
This raw salad shows off the beauty of a mix of squashes. Investing a little time to salt them, which pulls out moisture, ensures that the dressing doesn’t get watered down. If you have zucchini blossoms, tear a few into strips and add them as well.
“This salad is the little sister of the Provençal dish called a grand aioli,” says Amaryll Schwertner, chef-owner of Boulette’s Larder in San Francisco. She omits the seafood of the grand version and focuses instead on “the colors, flavors, and textures of summer produce.” To make a half-batch of aioli (a deliciously garlicky mayonnaise), whisk it by hand and use 1 egg yolk rather than half of a whole egg.
Classic ratatouille, typically a side dish, comes front and center as the filling of these inventive tarts. Annie Somerville, chef at San Francisco’s Greens Restaurant, reenvisioned her original recipe by combining cream cheese with masa harina (dried corn dough for tortillas) in the crust, which gives it a rich toasted-corn flavor.
David Tanis, co-chef at Berkeley's Chez Panisse, created this dish after a day at the market when everything that appealed to him was a shade of gold. We've adapted it from his book, A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes (Artisan, 2008; $35).
Daniela Thompson's mother was once a teacher in a German village. Her students' parents would bring her pounds of zucchini, and she developed this soup as a way to use up all that squash. In summertime, Thompson likes to serve her mother's soup with sliced tomatoes and hunks of baguette.
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Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Margo True
Pattypan Squash with Eggs
Harvest or buy the squashes when they are 4 inches across. We found that this was the perfect size for holding a single large egg. (If the egg won’t quite fit, scoop out a little of the white with a spoon.)