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Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad Recipe

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Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad

“What are we doing for dinner?” The eternal question. We’re usually pretty good about planning our meals out for the week so that we only need to food shop once, but figuring out what those meals are can be tricky. All to often we fall back on the usual suspects; menu items we know off the top of our head, that we grew up on and can cook up quick and easy. In other words, boring stuff (and I say that with a special place in my heart for taco’s, chicken parm, and even our veggie stir fry).

That’s one of the reasons why I started The Keenan Cookbook; to have a place to go to for recipe ideas. But as I quickly learned, there are lots of great food blogs out there with tons of great recipes. As of this writing I’m subscribed to three dozen other food blogs(and growing), from which I’ve seen countless delicious recipes and food photos (oh the photos!). If only Willy Wonka had succeeded in Wonkavision.

So, I’ve decided to kick off a new segment here on The Keenan Cookbook; Taste Test Thursday. Each week I’ll cook or bake a mouth watering recipe from one of the food blogs I follow and post it here along with a quick review. I get to cook something new, Rachel gets to enjoy, and you learn about other food bloggers (just don’t forget about me!).

In fact, I encourage you to check out the food bloggers who I feature each week on Taste Test Thursday, as they offer something for everyone; from boozy banana pound cake (yum!) to creamy two cheese linguine (quick and easy) to salty chewy chocolate covered pretzel bars (now please), or sweet potatoes fries (*drooling*). There are even new takes on old favorites like buffalo chicken calzones (my sister and I are buffalo chicken fiends…fiends!) and so many more. Seriously, too much deliciousness, my computer is about to explode. You get the idea, right?

So let’s get on with Taste Test Thursday! The first recipe comes from Dara @ CookinCanuck; Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad. We served this as a side with burgers and corn (we lost track of the day and Baby Boy wasn’t going to let us prepare an elaborate meal) – it was great! The sweet grilled squash and fresh cherry tomatoes contrast nicely with the salty feta and the balsamic vinegar. And, if you have a little one like us who might interrupt your meal time, this recipe tastes great either warm or at room temperature.

Quick note: I forgot what the recipe called for and picked up zucchini instead of pattypan or summer squash as Dara calls for in the recipe, but it still came out great.

Recipe: Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 3/4 pounds) pattypan squash, or equivalent weight in summer squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp thinly sliced fresh mint

Directions

  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Cut squash into 1/2-inch thick slices. In a large bowl, toss the squash slices with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lay the squash on the grill and cook until the squash is tender, but still slightly crisp, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Put the squash back into the bowl and add tomatoes, feta cheese, balsamic vinegar, and mint leaves. Gently toss and serve either still warm (preferable) or room temperature.

Cooking time: 6 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Recipe from: Cookin Canuck

Dara’s recipe calls for pattypan or summer squash. I was kind of in a rush at the farmers market and forgot what kind of squash was needed, so I just grabbed some trusty zucchini.

Zucchini

After slicing the squash and tossing with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, place on the grill to crisp up. I recommend a grill skillet if you have one, so that you don’t lose any through the grill.

Zucchini being grilled

After a few minutes, turn your squash over to crisp the other side. Stay near the grill as these can quickly go from perfect to burnt.

Grilled Zucchini

Remove from the grill and toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Serve still warm or at room temperature (baby boy wasn’t happy so I enjoyed mine later at room temp and it was delicious!)

Grilled Squash, Tomato & Feta Cheese Salad

What is your favorite summer side dish?

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  • July 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Lately I’ve been having trouble thinking of new things to make for dinner- this is a great idea. Thanks for linking to my bars:-)

    • Chris
      July 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

      @ Lauren – It really does get difficult to think up new things for dinner. Thank goodness for the internet and all of you other food bloggers!

  • July 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I love the idea Taste Test Thursday. There are so many great recipes on other blogs, but I don’t take advantage of their ideas often enough. Thanks so much for featuring my grilled salad. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • Chris
      July 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

      @ Cookin’ Canuck – Thank you Dara, for posting such a delicious and simple recipe. We made it again the other night with some of the extra squash we had 🙂

  • July 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What a wonderful seasonal salad! I have been obsessed with feta cheese and fresh Summer tomatoes lately.

    • Chris
      August 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Ashley! I agree, nothing beats fresh summer tomatoes. I can’t get enough of them 🙂

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  • August 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

    We live on dishes like this all summer long. I love that you added fresh mint. It goes so well in salads in general, but especially with squash. Lovely!

    • Chris
      August 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Susan! We love squash, and it works so well in the summer. I once again praise Dara@CookinCanuck for this most excellent recipe 🙂

  • Jo Lynn Stern
    February 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Chris, thanks for posting this recipe. My husband and I tried it last night and we both went back for seconds. It’s a keeper! The only thing I changed was the balsamic vinegar. I used a homemade balsamic vinaigrette which had a small amount of brown sugar and garlic mixed with the vinegar and oil. Next time I’ll try it with just the vinegar to see how it compares.

    • Chris
      March 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Glad you gave it a try and enjoyed it! Balsamic vinaigrette doesn’t sounds like such a bad idea either 🙂

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