Recipe: Baby Squash Salad

by Tsai

We love our baby squash raw. We gussy it up here (and served it at our Rio Mar anniversary event) with a pesto-based dressing, cherry tomatoes, and medium-boiled eggs. If you have the pesto made ahead of time, this dish should take just a few minutes to prepare, and it will delight you with with its colors and flavors. See upper left plate in picture for evidence.

Ingredients: baby squash, cherry tomatoes, eggs, rosemary basil pesto, olive oil, Steen’s cane vinegar, salt, pepper

1. Prepare medium-boiled eggs. Here’s a recipe you can follow. Do this first so that the eggs can cool while you prepare everything else, as they’ll be much easier to peel once they’ve cooled.

2. Prepare the dressing by mixing rosemary basil pesto with the cane vinegar and olive oil, and adding salt and pepper to taste. To make rosemary basil pesto, follow any basic pesto recipe and include a bit of rosemary. We omit the customary pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, but make use of lots of garlic.

3. Slice the baby squash thinly with a sharp knife or using a mandolin. We don’t own such a clever instrument, but have found a vegetable peeler to be equally effective. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters.

4. When the eggs are cool, peel and cut them into quarters.

5. Combine the squash, eggs, and tomatoes in a bowl, and drizzle with the dressing. Stir gently with a spoon to lightly coat everything with the dressing. Add salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste before serving.

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