Do you ever try to reproduce things you’ve eaten in restaurants? I do. It’s never exactly the same, but often I am able to create a similar effect. What amazed me about this salad is that I don’t even like summer squash. But I enjoyed it this way, raw and thinly sliced.
I have a mandoline, so it was easy to slice the squash thin. The cucumbers in the original seem to be partly thin-sliced and partly in chunks. Toasted almonds are easy enough–throw them in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes or so, until they get fragrant. It boosts their flavor immensely. The dressing was tricky because I didn’t want to buy a whole quart of buttermilk just to make one salad. I ended up blending equal parts vegenaise (vegan mayo) and Greek yogurt (a couple of heaping tablespoons each) with a few bits of garlic scape, some salt and pepper, and two teaspoons of lemon juice. I used regular mint leaves instead of the nepitella, which worked out just fine, but I also added a tiny sprinkling of dry herbes de provence. I used Bellavitano (and a generous hand) for the cheese.
Why do they only sell buttermilk in quart sizes? I never end up using the whole thing, seems to me…
I know–why can’t we get a pint of it, for baking?
do you mean courgette by summer squash? I really wanted to try it raw but turns out it is the only raw veg that doesn’t agree with me, like them grilled or cooked any other way. Was so disappointed as it is nice in salads, but it will have to be grilled first for me. Hadn’t thought of combining it with cucumber before 🙂 I did carrot shavings but will try this one with chilled grilled squash 🙂 I often like to mix some fruit on, tangy apples or slices of mandarins or red grapefruit are nice 🙂 And i thin i like your dressing better!
We call the green ones zucchini, and the yellow ones summer squash. I think you could just as easily grill slices of it and then serve cold, with a similar treatment. The charred, grilled parts might add an interesting flavor! The fruit sounds like a great addition, especially with the mint.
Lisa @ cheergerm said:
Nice looking salad there LM. I have never heard of nepitella!
Yes, I thought I might look for some seeds in a catalogue. It’s a tasty herb, but mint is a satisfying substitute (and easier to find).