Summer squash season is upon us, but sometimes we struggle to find ways to eat these curious-looking yellow fruits – yes, technically it is a fruit! Squash makes a great addition to any dinner as they’re full of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as important minerals like folate, magnesium, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. On top of all of that, they’re also a great source of fiber! In honor of these brilliantly healthy summer fruits, we at NetCost Market wanted to give you some great squash recipes to try out before the summer ends!
If you’re having a summer grill but want to bring something a little different, this great vegetarian summer squash recipe is perfect. It’s packed full of summer flavors and will certainly wow guests!
Ingredients: 4 summer squash, ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup rice vinegar, ¼ cup soy sauce, 3 tbsp. hot chili paste, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 lime – halved ½ small shallot – thinly sliced, ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro, 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds.
Baba ghanoush is a classic eggplant dip, but this recipe calls for a slight twist, using summer squash instead. It’s a brilliant addition to any meze meal, or as a simple side with some pita bread as a snack.
Ingredients: Olive oil, 3 lbs. summer squash, 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, ½ clove garlic – finely grated, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes.
Summer squash is also a brilliant addition to any salad, and it doesn’t even need to be cooked! This shaved summer squash salad includes other tasty summer salad additions such as cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese.
Ingredients: 1 clove garlic – finely grated, 1 tsp. grated lemon zest, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tsp. honey, ¾ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, ¼ cup olive oil – a little extra for serving, 1 tsp. salt, 1 pint mixed cherry tomatoes – halved, 1 ½ lbs. mixed summer squash, 4 oz. ricotta Salata – shaved, basil leaves, chopped chives.
Summer squash is one of those great foods that we often think we’ll use but never actually do. Don’t let this year be like all the others! Make the effort to do something with all those beautifully colorful squashes you’ve seen in the stores recently. At NetCost Market, we stock an array of fresh, high-quality summer squashes, so head down to your nearest store and try out some of these brilliant recipes before the season has passed you by!