5 Ways to Eat Summer Squash
Summer squash tops the list of easy-to-prepare and good-for-you summer fare. A very prolific vegetable, summer squash is soft-shelled with thin edible skins and seeds. It has tender flesh that requires only a short cooking time. Common varieties of summer squash include zucchini, pattypan, and yellow crookneck. Other varieties coming to the market are the globe or “eight-ball,” the golden zucchini, the pale green English zucchini, and the bright yellow Sunburst squash with its green stem. There are even squash that are half yellow and half dark green! Summer squash is very easy to prepare. Wash thoroughly, trim the ends, and you’re ready. Here are some quick and tasty ideas for preparing squash:
- Grilled Squash: Cut zucchini and yellow squash in half lengthwise, sprinkle with a little olive oil, salt and a touch of chipotle powder (not too much – it’s very strong and spicy), and place on the grill for 5 minutes or until soft.
- Grilled Zucchini & Onions: Cut a variety of summer squash and yellow onion into chunks or slices, place in a bowl, toss with a little olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and a bit of crushed garlic. Lay a length of aluminum foil on the counter and pour squash mixture onto foil. Fold foil around squash, creating a foil packet, sealing tightly. Place on the grill for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Skewers: Cut squash in big chunks and toss with button mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in a favorite marinade, place on skewers and grill for a veggie kabob.
- Ribbon Salad: Thinly slice 2 raw zucchini into long ribbons. Place in a bowl and add chopped sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Gently toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Serve room temperature as a side salad.
- Baked Zucchini: Slice a zucchini and a yellow squash into circles. Lay in a greased 8x8 glass pan. Melt two tablespoons of butter and drizzle evenly over the squash (use olive oil if you'd rather use it), sprinkle with panko bread crumbs and them 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes or until softened and browned on top.