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Summer has arrived, and it’s time to celebrate the vibrant flavours of the season. While summer squash may not always steal the spotlight, it’s about to take centre stage in a fresh and delightful salad. We’re accustomed to seeing it roasted, pureed, or baked, but don’t overlook its potential to shine in a cool and crunchy salad. This Lemon Parmesan Summer Squash Salad is the perfect way to showcase the versatility of this often underrated vegetable. With a zesty lemon dressing that brightens up every bite, this salad is a perfectly balanced and satisfying dish for those scorching hot summer days.

Squash, a true superfood cherished in original blue zones areas, is not only delicious but also incredibly versatile. It has earned its place on dinner tables worldwide, whether roasted as a delightful side dish, pureed into a comforting soup, or baked into a mouthwatering veggie roast.

Now, let’s discover its remarkable potential in the form of a vibrant and refreshing salad.

My Ingredient List

  • 2-3 young summer squash, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of freshly shaved Nafsika’s Garden Parmesan Cheese Style


    1. Begin by slicing the summer squash into bite-sized pieces and place them in a large bowl.
    2. Proceed to slice the red onion into half-moons and add them to the bowl with the summer squash.
    3. In a separate bowl, zest the lemon and squeeze out its juice. Add the olive oil to the bowl and whisk vigorously to create a tangy dressing.
    4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, giving it a good toss to ensure each ingredient is coated with the delightful lemony goodness.
    5. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper over the salad, tasting as you go and adding more if desired.
    6. Allow the salad to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. This will allow the flavours to mingle and develop, resulting in a more harmonious and refreshing experience.
    7. When you’re ready to serve, remove the salad from the refrigerator, give it one final toss to distribute the flavours evenly, and generously shave Nafsika’s Garden Parmesan Cheese Style over the top.
    8. Now, it’s time to indulge in this sensational Lemon Parmesan Summer Squash Salad. Enjoy every bite, revelling in the crispness of the squash, the gentle tang of the lemon dressing, and the savoury notes of the shaved parmesan.

This salad is a celebration of summer’s bounty, capturing the essence of the season in every mouthful. It’s a testament to the fact that squash can shine in fresh and exciting ways, bringing a burst of flavour and vibrancy to your table. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, a refreshing side dish, or a delightful potluck contribution, this Lemon Parmesan Summer Squash Salad is a winner. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the summer vibes, and let your taste buds dance with joy as you savour this fantastic creation.

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