The fresh flavors of grilled summer vegetable salad - summer squash, zucchini and eggplant - make a fantastic summertime side when mixed with feta cheese and a light vinaigrette.
My crookneck squash was begging to have its pictures taken. Who am I to deny a squash its 15 minutes of fame?
It's a miracle that we even have vegetables to harvest this year. We were feeling rather pleased with ourselves when we planted all of our vegetable seeds in the Spring and set them near a window to take in the warmth of the sunlight.
Birds chirping...Spring breeze whispering through the Aspen leaves...vegetable sprouts dying a slow death.
That's right...we forgot to water them. It's amazing that we managed to graduate from university. However, we do take much better care of our children than we do our vegetable sprouts. We water them several times per day. With summer just around the corner, we made a trip to the nursery, heads hanging low, to buy some established vegetable plants to fill the beautiful raised bed that my husband built. All is well that ends well.
Preheat the grill to high heat.
Cut 2 crookneck or yellow summer squash, 1 medium-sized zucchini, and 1 Japanese eggplant into ½-inch slices. Feel free to use any combination of summer vegetables that tickle your fancy.
Place all of the slices in a medium bowl and toss with ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the vegetable slices on the hot grill and cook until the vegetables are just tender, turning once.
Remove the vegetables from the grill, cut them into 1-inch pieces, and place in a medium-sized bowl.In a small bowl, slowly whisk ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil into ¼ cup balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss the vegetables with some of the vinaigrette. You shouldn't need all of it, but add to your taste.
Thinly slice about a dozen each of basil and mint leaves. Toss with the vegetables. Top with ⅓ cup of crumbled, good-quality feta cheese. I found a lovely sheep's milk feta that added a creamy, slightly tangy flavor without overpowering the vegetables.
Serve at room temperature.
Other summer squash recipes:
101 Cookbooks' Summer Squash Gratin
Kalyn's Kitchen's Zucchini & Yellow Squash Soup with Rosemary & Parmesan
Smitten Kitchen's Herbed Summer Squash & Potato Torte
Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad Recipe
- 2 crookneck or yellow summer squash cut into ½-inch slices
- 1 medium zucchini cut into ½-inch slices
- 1 Japanese eggplant cut into ½-inch slices
- ⅓ cup + ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil divided
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 12 basil leaves chiffonaded (rolled, then thinly sliced)
- 12 mint leave chiffonaded
- ⅓ cup crumbled good-quality feta cheese
- Preheat a grill to high heat.
- Combine the crookneck or yellow squash, zucchini, and eggplant slices in a medium bowl and toss with ⅓ cup olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the vegetable slices on the hot grill and cook until the vegetables are just tender, turning once. Remove the vegetables from the grill, cut them into 1-inch pieces, and place in a medium-sized bowl.
- In a small bowl, slowly whisk ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil into balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the vegetables with some of the vinaigrette. You shouldn't need all of it, but add to your taste.
- Thinly slice about a dozen each of basil and mint leaves. Toss with the vegetables. Top with feta cheese. Serve at room temperature.
Thats the sort of thing I could eat all summer and never ever get fed up with it! Yum!
Your recipe is a must! You've used all my favourite ingredients; I love it!
Congrats' for the Top 9, you deserve it
Thanks for all your comments. Sorry that I have been negligent about responding today.
MrsLavendula, almost anything tastes great with cheese, doesn't it?
Miranda, good luck on your long journey.
Alta, I have become rather greedy about garden space. I am already demanding another raised planter or two.
Kalyn, except for the fact that my kids love to plant seeds, I am leaning towards buying all established plants next year.
Cathy, hopefully that means that you'll be able to enjoy your veggies well into September.
Danielle, I hope you enjoy it.
Debi, portabello mushrooms sound delicious.
Yumm! And straight from the garden?! Grilled to perfection I'd say!
Debi (Table Talk)
This is a summer staple in our house--I usually add a red bell pepper and portabello to the mix. I'm not much of a gardener either, but its fun to try, right?
Nice way to enjoy the summer vegetables. Grilling them brings out their flavour!
Oooohhhh myyyyyyy this looks so good! This is sooo going to be my lunch tomorrow! I have all the ingredients!
great salad. good ingredients. it's a keeper!
Can I come over and have some? 🙂 That looks so pretty and delish.
Oh Yum thanks! I'm saving this cause I'm still singing to my squash. Sun has been a scarce comodity on the Oregon coast this summer due to high temps inland. I have faith tho. I believe. I save recipes :).
I just love grilled veggies, even better when they come out of your own garden!!
Sounds good! I never can get organized enough to plant seeds; I buy almost all my veggies as plants.
CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta
God I wish I had a grill! Living in a condo does have drawbacks..oh, and yea, I really want to make this salad 😀
I am jealous of that raised bed garden! It looks so nice. I built one this year (smaller than yours) but it's not as pretty. And not big enough, I've found out.
This veggie dish looks lovely!
What a great way to use your garden veggies!
Yum! Anything involving squash and feta is good in my book. Your garden is beautiful by the way 🙂
ohhh this looks hearty and delicious. I love grilled veggies during the summer, something about it that is so satisfying!
This looks so good. I love Feta!!
My hubby and I are trying to eat healthier and this looks like a perfect salad.
By the way, thank you so much for the wonderful advice. I am totally going to hid some toys..LOL
What is your email? I want to email you my info so you can guest blog...If you are still up to it!
God that looks really good. I love squash.
grilled veggies are a favorite of mine! your nice photos made me want to get some!! i particularly love them in lasagna with tons of cheese!