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September 19, 2013

Summer Vegetable Salad…Because I’m In Denial It’s Almost Fall

If there’s one silly thing I don’t deal well with, it’s the end of summer. Yes, I do enjoy the cooler temperatures (and okay, football season), but I strongly prefer the warmer months.

Beach. Sunshine. Dresses. Shorts. Being tan. Natural highlights. Freckles. Floral scents. Coconut flavors. Shirtless men.

Ok, let me stop before I get out of hand! So what’s so great about fall, anyway? All I ever hear is “PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES OMG!!!” Enough already! I think the thing that freaks me out most about summer ending is that the next couple months go by like aΒ blur and then BOOM, it’s holiday season. Homegirl is just not a fan of all that.

So maybe that’s why I’m hanging on to summer vegetables like it’s never going away. Or maybe it’s because it’s still freakin’ warm here and the crops still produce said veggies. Either way, you should make this salad. It’s fresh, crisp, flavorful, but best of all simple to make. Oh, and did I mention the veggies are raw? Yeah, you’re getting a lotta nutrients that way. Peace out, multivitamin.

summer vegetable zucchini squash corn

Summer Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, shaved or thinly sliced using a mandolin
  • 2 medium yellow squash, shaved or thinly sliced using a mandolin
  • 2 medium ears of yellow corn, kernels removed
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • s&p to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, toss zucchini, yellow squash, corn, scallions, garlic, and parsley.Β 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and olive oil. Add to vegetables and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 4-6 as a side.

summer vegetable salad zucchini squash corn

I came up with this recipe after reading Martha Stewart’s seasonal produce guide for the thousandth time. Her site has different fruits and vegetables organized by season and a ton of recipes for each. It’s so helpful when I’m deciding how to use up my weekly CSA box. And speaking of CSA, the Gruber Farm CSA for fall has begun again! I’m thrilled! Check out this week’s goods.

A lot of summer vegetables with a hint of fall. Just lovely!

gruber farm csa

What do you love about summer? What do you love about fall?

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  • mariafalls

    A tall PSL has 38 grams of sugar. I’m not one to count sugar grams (or eat healthy all the time), but I’d rather eat 2 cupcakes thankyouverymuch. Or a cheese danish with a side of Starbursts.

  • This salad looks bomb (does anyone still say that?). I need to make it before pumpkin takes over my world!

    • hahah! i still do sometimes bc it makes me laugh!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    That salad looks like an awesome way to use up the last of summer produce – I ate so much zucchini this summer, it’s ridiculous. I’m not a coffee drinker so I can’t say that I care about the PSL, but I do like my pumpkin baked goods ;-0

    • yes!! i was not much of a zucc fan (i think i had too much in the spring), but this was much different bc they’re sliced so thinly. yum.

  • Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

    Love the flavours in this! Parsley and lemon juice always go so well together.

    I’m going to miss the warm weather and summer berries, but I’m pretty excited for pumpkin and apples up the wazoo and all the fall fairs!

    • you know, you are so right about parsley & lemon. i love adding both to tomatoes & hearts of palm. πŸ™‚ i read your comment really quickly and thought you were saying you were going to miss wazoo apples. i was like wowwww what kind of apples does canada have?!

  • kerr

    I think I said this last year but I feel the same way. Summer is the best!

  • itzyskitchen

    I am never OK with summer ending! SUMMER FOREVER! That salad looks so fresh and delicious.

    • i know..it’s great, you’d love it!

  • Rosemary Donnelly

    Aside from getting all my scarves and boots out of storage, fall me to is all about butternut squash. So good, so many uses!!

    • Rosemary Donnelly

      Oh, and an end to the humidity so a resurgence of curly hair πŸ™‚

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