summer squash

Zucchini Salad With Mint and Feta

by Anne Maxfield on September 25, 2017

Accidental Locavore Zucchini and SquashZucchini never ends.

While you’ve got plenty of zucchini and while we’re still got warm weather, this salad is light and refreshing, quick to make, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Serves 4-6 from NY Times Cooking.

Accidental Locavore Zucchini Salad With Pine NutsZucchini Salad With Mint and Feta

  • 1 ½pounds small zucchini or summer squash
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1tablespoon thinly sliced chives
  • 2tablespoons roughly chopped mint
  • 2tablespoons roughly chopped sorrel
  • 4ounces feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish
  • 3tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted, for garnish

Slice the ends of the zucchini. Julienne with a large knife, spiralizer, mandoline, or julienne tool.

Transfer to a large bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add lemon zest and juice and toss well. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Add yogurt and toss to coat well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add chopped herbs and mix gently. Garnish with feta and pine nuts. Serve and enjoy!

Accidental Locavore Zucchini Feta SaladMy verdict: Even if you think you’ve had enough zucchini, this will change your mind! It’s a simple summer salad that comes together quickly and is a delicious change from the other thousand ways you’ve made zucchini this summer.

Don’t panic if you don’t have sorrel, it’s a lovely lemony flavored herb to have in your garden, but you could substitute some more mint, a little oregano or thyme and be perfectly happy.

Do panic if you don’t have small zucchini or summer squash or you’ll have a very watery salad. A mix of yellow and green squash will give it some nice color. You could even toss in some julienned cucumber for a differernt sort of crunch.

My guest for dinner the night I made this, quickly finished it off and they’re not the most adventurous eaters.

So, give it a try and it may actually make you wish for more zucchini. What do you think?






Grilled Summer Squash and Fennel Salad Recipe

by Anne Maxfield on August 4, 2016

Accidental Locavore Summer SquashFaced with a pile of summer squash and fennel and requested to bring a salad to a recent party, the Accidental Locavore went trolling through a pile of cookbooks, hoping to find all the squash and/or fennel recipes that might have been saved for warmer months.

In Ottolenghi’s Plenty More there was a recipe for courgette (not to brag, but I have a signed British copy) and fennel with saffron crumbs.

Being lazy, this was more of a riff on the original. Serves 4.

Accidental Locavore Summer Squash and Fennel SaladGrilled Summer Squash and Fennel Salad

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably homemade)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini or summer squash, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat your grill (or grill pan, if apartment bound) on high heat.

In a medium pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, carefully add the garlic and breadcrumbs. Fry for about a minute until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.

In a large bowl, toss the summer squash and fennel with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, salt and pepper.

Grill until both sides are nicely charred, about 6 minutes a side for the fennel, less for the squash.

Put the summer squash and fennel back in the large bowl. Add the lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss gently. Let marinate for about 15-20 minutes.

Plate the vegetables on a large platter, sprinkle with the dill. Top with the breadcrumbs, serve and enjoy!

Accidental Locavore Grilled Summer SquashMy verdict: Not really my verdict this time…even though I doubled the recipe, I should have made more. It disappeared quickly at the party and one of my friends confided that she’d had three helpings!

Because it needed to travel, I grilled the fennel and squash (a mix of summer squash and zucchini) separately and marinated them overnight. Put it together with the dill and breadcrumbs at the party. If you’re off to a pot-luck or picnic, this is a perfect dish to make. It travels well and doesn’t need to be hot or cold – all good in the summer.

I cut all the squash lengthwise and then in half because it seemed to be easier to deal with at a buffet. Slicing and grilling some Japanese eggplant I had crossed my mind, but then I decided to keep it simple.

From what (little) I ate, it could have used a little more dill and breadcrumbs, but still a big hit!




Rack of Lamb With Yogurt and Persian Spices

by Anne Maxfield on September 26, 2013

Accidental Locavore Rack of Lamb RecipeRack of lamb is always easy and tastes great!

The Accidental Locavore was dying to try a new spice mix from Food 52’s new Provisions site, I remembered a rack of lamb taking up space in the freezer.

The idea for this rack of lamb recipe would be to make a marinade with the spice mix, some yogurt etc, grill it and serve it with couscous and some squash or eggplant, also done on the grill.

Here’s how it turned out.

Grilled Rack of Lamb With Yogurt and Persian Spices

For the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 generous teaspoons Persian Lime Spice Rub
  • 1 large clove of garlic, run through a garlic press or finely minced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 rack of lamb with about 8 ribs

Generously salt and pepper the rack of lamb.

In a small bowl, mix together the spice mix, yogurt and garlic.

Put the lamb in a large Ziploc bag, add the yogurt mix, making sure the lamb is well coated. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.

An hour before you’re going to cook it, remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.

Heat a grill, or grill pan, to high heat. When the grill is hot, add the lamb, bone side up.

Allow to sear for a minute or two, then reduce the heat to medium.

Cook for about 4 minutes, then turn and cook for another 5 minutes until it reaches your desired doneness.

Remove from the grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes. Carve, serve and enjoy!

My verdict: Grilled rack of lamb is always great.

This was inspired by and topped with my friend Jeff’s feta aïoli (scroll down his page for the recipe).

It made a great sauce for the lamb and was easily put together at the same time as the marinade.

I also thinly sliced some summer squash, tossed them with some olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled them with the lamb.

While the lamb was resting, it gave me the time to make a batch of couscous.

Because it was a rack of lamb, and was very tender, I’m not sure that it needed the yogurt marinade. Next time, I’ll just do a rub of some salt and pepper and the spice blend and grill some limes cut in half to go with it.





Accidental Locavore Stuffed SquashThis is a long-time favorite of the Accidental Locavore. When properly prepared, it’s delicious! Even when it’s a work-in-progress, it’s pretty good. A little time consuming, but if it’s raining out and you’ve got a stack of zucchini… Depending on the size of your squash, figure 1-2 per person.

For the squash:

  • 6 summer squash, or zucchini, or a mix of the two
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced, or crushed in a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon each, salt & pepper
  • 1 cup rice

 Yogurt sauce:

  • 1 quart full fat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint, or 1 tablespoon fresh, finely sliced for garnish

Cut a small slice off the wide end of the squash. With a squash corer, or a small spoon, carefully core the squash, leaving about 1/4″ all around. Be careful not to pierce the skin. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ground lamb, breaking it into small pieces as you add it, along with the garlic, cinnamon, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Stir to mix well. Add the rice and mix well. Remove from heat and place in a bowl to cool.

When the mix is cool, use it to stuff the squash. The easiest way is to use your fingers, but you can do it with a small spoon. Fill the squash 3/4 full to give the rice room to expand. Set aside.

In a large pot, big enough to hold the squash, over medium heat, mix the egg, yogurt, and cornstarch. Stir continually until it comes to a boil. Do not leave it unattended or the sauce will separate! When it comes to a boil (you’re safe now), reduce the heat to low, add a clove of crushed garlic, and the squash. Cover and cook for about an hour until the rice is cooked and the squash is tender. It may need more time to fully cook the rice. Serve with the yogurt sauce and mint sprinkled on top. Enjoy!