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Summer Squash Salad with Lemon, Capers & Parmesan

Scott Phillips

Servings: six to eight.

Try adding other garden herbs like marjoram or basil, if you’d like.


  • 1 clove garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. summer squash (yellow squash, zucchini, or a mix)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups loosely packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 2 Tbs. capers, rinsed well
  • 1 oz. (1/4 cup) finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano; plus a chunk to shave for garnish

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on eight servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 148
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 131
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 1
  • Sodium (mg): 217
  • Carbohydrates (g): 4
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 2


  • In mortar or using the flat side of a chef’s knife, mash the garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt. Put the paste in a small bowl (or keep it in the mortar) and whisk in the lemon juice. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then whisk in the olive oil.
  • Using a mandoline or a sharp chef’s knife, cut the squash diagonally into very thin (1/16- to 1/8-inch) ovals. Put the squash in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss with about two-thirds of the vinaigrette.
  • Combine the arugula, parsley, chives, and capers in a separate bowl, season with salt and pepper, and toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Taste both the squash and herbs and adjust the seasoning with salt or pepper if necessary. Layer about a third of the squash in a shallow bowl or platter, scatter about a third of the arugula mixture on top, and sprinkle with a third of the grated Parmesan. Repeat the process with the remaining squash and arugula mixture, sprinkling each layer with grated Parmesan. For garnish, use a vegetable peeler to shave long strips from the chunk of Parmesan onto the salad. Serve immediately.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • dh0257 | 07/27/2019

    I've made this several times over the years, Excellent salad!

  • Laphoto | 07/07/2019

    I was sceptical as well at the thought of uncooked zucchini. Never again! This salad was delicious. Highly recommend trying it.

  • parboiled | 08/04/2011

    What a surprise!! I had no time to cook and all of the ingredients, so against better judgment (raw summer squash?) I tried this recipe. This is a beautifully elegant and hearty salad. I am astounded at how good this was!

  • ldlevito | 04/18/2010

    This is a yummy hearty salad that can be a stand alone as a meal

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