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Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Salad

Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Salad

Serves: 4

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1 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
2 zucchini, ends removed and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch planks
2 yellow squash, ends removed and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch planks
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup ricotta cheese


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pecans on a baking sheet or in a dry skillet. When the oven is hot, bake until fragrant and lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat until lightly smoking. While the grill is heating, toss the zucchini and yellow squash in a large bowl with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Evenly arrange the zucchini and squash on the grill and cook until grill marks are visible, about 3 minutes. Working quickly, flip and cook until lightly charred on the second side and the vegetables have softened in the center, about 2 more minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add the parsley, vinegar, toasted pecans, and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, arrange a small pile of salad in the center of each place. Top each salad with a few dollops of ricotta cheese and serve warm.

About the recipe

Zucchini and yellow squash are the stars of this warm grilled salad. Grilling the vegetables over high heat imparts a quick char before they begin to turn too soft. Lightly toasting the pecans brings out a more intense nuttiness that shines through against the subtle flavors of the grilled vegetables.

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