Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

Lunch Plans

June 23rd, 2012

When I went out to check on my garden this morning, I saw that I had 3 summer squash ready for the picking.

I also noticed that my basil had really appreciated the half inch of rain we got last evening and would definitely benefit from a little trimming.  Although I had just had breakfast, I was already starting to think about lunch and how I could  combine the summer squash and (lots!) of basil.

“To the Internet!” I cried!

I soon found a recipe for “Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Salad with Basil-Parmesan Dressing” and couldn’t imagine how that could be anything but wonderful.  I don’t have any zucchini (yet!) but figured the squash could go it alone this time and if it was good, I’d be ready when I did have some.  Lunch couldn’t come soon enough.

When it finally did, I harvested the three squash.  I love the thought that I am harvesting something!  I am a harvester!  :)  They looked so shiny and delicious.  I couldn’t get them on the grill fast enough!

While they were grilling, I chopped the fresh basil and put the dressing together.

I spooned the dressing on the hot grilled squash and did my best to let it cool a bit before digging in.  WOW!  It was wonderful indeed!  Happily, there was enough for John’s lunch, too.

Now I’m looking very forward to trying it with zucchini, too.  Grow, Black Beauty Zucchini! Grow!

Fortunately, there’s some dressing left over and I already have plans for it!  I’m meeting a friend at La Farm Bakery tomorrow morning for breakfast and slices of their hand rolled baguette would be the perfect Basil-Parmesan dressing delivery vehicle.  Now I’m thinking about lunch before breakfast!


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  • Michelle K. says on: June 24, 2012 at 8:52 am


    What gorgeous squash! Yellow squash has been one of my favorites since I was a kid! We used to eat it rolled in cornmeal and flour and fried in bacon grease! YUM!

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening