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How To Make A Fantastic Squash Salad

Updated on October 5, 2011
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Buster began cooking as a wee pup by watching his mother fix the kibble. He was hooked. He loves preparing -- and writing about -- food.

You're Going To Love This Salad

Whenever I serve this salad, everyone asks -- what is it? I just tell them: give it a try and see what you think. They LOVE it.

... and are shocked to discover that it's a raw squash salad.

It comes together quickly, and tastes incredible. You're going to enjoy serving this simple dish.


3 or 4 squash -- you can use yellow squash, zucchini, pattypan, etc. I like the look of it when you mix yellow squash with zucchini



4 tbsp. plain yogurt

juice of one lemon

1 green onion (scallion) chopped, including the green tops

1/4 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, sliced into strips

black pepper, to taste

How To Make Squash Salad

Wash the squash, and cut off the stem and blossom ends.

Using the large holes on your box grater, grate the squash into a collander. Sprinkle the squash LIBERALLY with salt, then let it drain for about a half hour.

Meanwhile, make the dressing: into your salad bowl put the yogurt, chopped green onions, lemon juice, sliced basil leaves, and black pepper. Stir till it is mixed thoroughly.

During the half hour the squash is draining, you will need to squeeze the squash with your hands to help the vegetables extrude as much liquid as possible.

Trust me -- you're going to be amazed by how much liquid comes out of the squash.

NOTE: It is really important that you remove as much liquid as possible.

I use a paper towel to wipe the last of the liquid from the squash.

Put the grated squash into your salad bowl with the dressing, and mix gently and thoroughly. Taste for seasoning -- sometimes this salad benefits from just a little more salt and black pepper.

I like to serve this salad cold, so I always put it into the fridge until the rest of my meal is made. However, it's good room temperature, too.



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    • homesteadpatch profile image

      homesteadpatch 6 years ago from Michigan

      We make a similar dish with Cucumbers, we'll have to try this one as well!

    • Buster Bucks profile image

      Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California

      Hi Rochelle,

      I agree! I'm always on the lookout for new ways to prepare squash.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write. It means a lot.

      Best regards,


    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      This is definitely going in my recipe file. One can never have too many squash options, once the vegetable garden gets going.

      Thanks, Buster.