Warm Summer Garden Salad with Salmon – This fresh and easy meal will have dinner on the table in no time. It’s crunchy and light with a nutty, tangy, naturally-sweetened dressing.
Does this story sound familiar? My family has been complaining because they’re getting sick of summer squash. Perhaps you are also getting sick of summer squash. I mean, let’s face it – in the world of delicious summer produce, it’s not exactly the star of the show… The problem is, it’s so readily available and economical that it would be downright foolish to waste it. After my husband and I bought our first home this spring I’m all about economy in the kitchen without sacrificing flavor. Therefore, due to the massive volume of inexpensive summer squash this season, I’ve spent a considerable amount of effort reinventing it for my family each week.
For this recipe all of the vegetables, including the summer squash, are from our CSA which gave me room in my budget for one of my favorites – salmon! The online food world has been zucchini-noodle-crazed, so I thought I’d contribute to the noise with a summer squash noodle while deviating from the expected marinara sauce. This recipe for a Warm Summer Garden Salad with Salmon has a wide yellow summer squash noodle that I made by simply cutting slices with a vegetable peeler; no spiralizer needed. I then added in some red bell peppers and “greennie beannies” as my son calls them. The vegetables are cooked until they are just heated through, giving them a fresh crunch.
The salmon is simply broiled in the oven, which is a quick and easy, no-fail way of enjoying delicious fish. I topped it with a naturally-sweetened and nutty dressing with a touch of tanginess. The little foodie in our family found it acceptable, so that’s always a win!
So, if you’re like me and need to reinvent summer squash every week, I’ve been doing my best to help you out. Here are some of my favorites that I cooked up this summer:
- Zucchini Whoopie Pies
- Leek and Zucchini Fritters
- Zucchini and Chive Quiche
- Grilled Personal Pattypan Pizzas
- Stuffed Pattypan Squash
Honey Tahini Dressing