Summer Squash Noodles with Tomatoes & Zucchini Blossoms

I love how our local farmers’ market becomes more abundant with a variety of fruits and vegetables as we get into the throes of summer and head into fall. It’s the very best time of year to stock up on seasonal favorites like squashes–zucchini, yellow squash, pattypans, and even zucchini blossoms. Squash noodles are an excellent substitute when you’re craving the texture of pasta but wanting something crisp and light for a summer meal. A light herb-yogurt dressing adds a touch of creaminess and sweet cherry tomatoes, blossom shreds, toasted pine nuts and a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan complete the meal. Eat it alone or alongside grilled chicken or fish.

Summer Squash Noodles with Tomatoes, Zucchini Blossoms & Pine Nuts

2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
6-10 zucchini blossoms, cut into strands (if available)
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons of pine nuts, toasted
Fresh Parmesan to serve
Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Salt and pepper to taste

To make the dressing, add the yogurt, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and herbs to a mini food processor. Blend until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Trim the ends off the zucchini and yellow squashes. Using a mandoline with the julienne blade or a julienne peeler, cut the zucchini and squashes into spaghetti-like strands. Transfer the zucchini and squashes to a large colander. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and let sit for 20 minutes to drain the excess liquid from the squashes. Gently press the squash with paper towels to dry and transfer to a serving bowl. Toss with the dressing, then add tomatoes. Gently fold in zucchini blossoms. Top with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately. 

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  • Kristen Mathews

    Awesome dish! Thanks for the recipe, this was a great way to use our squash and zucchini from our CSA.

  • Yum! Such fresh + simple ingredients. Excited to try this!