Yellow squash always reminds me of a duck. Funny, huh? I think it’s because sometimes the neck is really curved, which makes me think of a swan–but they’re white, and ducks can be yellow… I digress. Regardless, summer is here and get thee to your local farmers’ market (or co-op!) and pick up some yellow squash!
-Summer squash are harvested as immature fruit, while winter squash (acorn, butternut, etc…) are harvested as mature fruit
-‘Summer squash’ includes zucchini, pattypan and yellow crookneck varieties
-Yellow squash is in season here June through October
-Look for small squash; the larger ones will have tougher skins
-Eat as soon after buying as possible, store in the fridge in a plastic bag
-Summer squash is high in Vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and manganese
-The fiber in squash promotes good colon health, while the lutein and beta-carotene promote eye health
-I grew up with a saute of yellow squash, zucchini and onions, all sprinkles with a little parmesan cheese
-Throw diced squash into spaghetti sauce or an omelet
-Cut into think ribbons and steam very briefly–use in place of noodles with sauce
-Roast thick slices on the grill
Herbed Squash Salad with Yogurt Dressing
This is another of Martha’s and is sure to be amazing. The recipe says to pair with lamb, but chicken or fish would work well, too. My husband MIGHT even eat this…
2 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch half-moons
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Coarse salt and ground pepper
In a medium bowl, combine squash, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, Greek yogurt, parsley, and mint. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Holly R. Layer received a B. A. in Journalism from Penn State and served four years in the U. S. Air Force before deciding to go back to school to become a Registered Dietician. She loves running, reading, fine stationery, colorful kitchen gadgets and ALL things food-related. An avid cook and baker, you can find her in the kitchen most days whipping up something yummy. Too bad her husband, Andrew (an East Aurora native) is the pickiest man alive! You can find her at www.thefrozenpineapple.com.