Raw Summer Squash Salad

By Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home.
August 18, 2021 Updated: August 18, 2021

Almost like in ceviche, where the citrus juice cures the fish, the lemon and lime in this dressing soften the delicate ribbons of summer squash as the salad rests.

Look for zucchini and yellow squash between 6 and 8 inches in length; avoid the really big ones, as they tend to be pithy. If you can’t find both varieties of squash, just one kind works as well.

You’ll want to carefully slice them into long, thin ribbons; a mandolin or potato peeler works best, or you can use a very sharp knife, depending on your knife skills.

I like to use a platter instead of a salad bowl to give the squash ribbons the most amount of surface in contact with the dressing. You can add more color and flavor to the salad with slivers of jamón serrano or burrata scattered about, but I love it as it is, served together with other salads as part of a summer buffet.

Serves 6

  • 2 medium green zucchini
  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of basil leaves

Using a mandolin, potato peeler, or very sharp knife, carefully slice the zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise into thin strips or ribbons. Arrange on a platter.

In a small bowl, combine the lime and lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over the squash. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top, cover loosely, and let sit for at least 1 hour.

Just before serving, garnish with the basil leaves.

Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home.