Market Watch: Summer Squash

I love summer squash sautéed or roasted – but what about raw? Check out these two squash recipes full of summer flavor and there’s no cooking required!
Summer Squash_011.tif

Summer Squash_011.tif

I love summer squash sautéed or roasted, but what about raw? Check out these two squash recipes full of fresh flavor and, best of all, there’s no cooking required!

Between my CSA and bi-weekly trips to the farmers’ market, I’ve got quite a bit of squash hanging out in my kitchen. My favorites are green and yellow zucchini (that’s right, zucchini can also be yellow), crookneck (also yellow) and a new variety I just discovered called "kuskus" that’s a little wider than zucchini with a pale green skin.

A drizzle of good olive oil, a sprinkle of cheese and some simple seasonings are all you need to enhance the flavor of this summertime veggie. Here are two no-cook variations that won't leave you missing your oven or a heavy squash casserole:

[Photo by Antonis Achilleos]
Keep Reading

Next Up

Market Watch: Kabocha Squash

Here’s what to do with fresh kabocha squash from the local farmers market.

Market Watch: Squash Blossoms

You can find them at the farmers’ markets from late spring to early fall. Squash blossoms are the sweet and tender flowers of growing summer squash. I (very gently) grabbed some and rushed home to cook them my favorite way– stuffed and fried until golden (yes, fried!).

Market Watch: Early Butternut Squash, and a Butternut Squash Focaccia Recipe

Typically winter squash isn’t ready until mid-October, but I get to enjoy it extra early since I grow this special variety in my garden.

Market Watch: Pepper Relish

My market is overflowing with pickles, pickled beets, jams, and salsas – it’s the farmers’ way of getting more mileage out of their seasonal goodies. Try out a savory take on jams and jelly with a personal fave – tangy pepper relish.

Market Watch: Garlic Scapes

Chances are you won’t find garlic scapes anywhere but the farmers’ market. They’re often passed over because people may not be sure what they are. Take advantage of this local food delicacy, but act fast, these delicious curly green shoots are only available for a short time.

Market Watch: Seasonal Tomatoes

Because we’re celebrating tomatoes this week, I went to my farmers' market and bought every kind of tomato I could find. Here’s how I made out.