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Recipe Thursday-Grilled Summer Squash with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Posted on July 21st, 2016 | Posted in Recipes, Salad


With the abundance of summer squash I decided to try a new recipe that incorporated toasted walnuts and blue cheese. This was definitely a successful way to add more flavors to a sometimes bland squash!

Yield 3-4 Servings
1/2 cup walnut halves/pieces (992523, 2/5#)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (880030, 36/1#)
Kosher salt (CQS030, 12/3#, Diamond Crystal)
Pepper (CQP064, GAL)
2 pounds mixed zucchini, summer squash and pattypan squash (green-01130, 5# and yellow-01134, 5#)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (992059, 4/3LTR)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (00531, 12CT)
1 tablespoon honey (991621, 6/3#)
1 teaspoon thyme leaves (CQT041, QT)
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (775812, 4/5#)
Grilled bread, for serving (550025, 24/19oz, Rich’s)

Preheat the oven to 375°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the pecans with the butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and roast until fragrant and browned, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely.

Quarter the zucchini and summer squash lengthwise and cut off the soft, seedy 
centers. Cut any large pattypans in half lengthwise—
you’ll want all of the pieces to be roughly the same size. 
In a large bowl, toss all of the squash with 2 tablespoons 
of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Thread the pattypan squash onto metal skewers for easy grilling.

Light a grill. Grill all of the squash over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and tender, about 
10 minutes. Cut the zucchini and summer squash into 2-inch lengths; transfer to a large bowl. Remove the pattypans from 
the skewers and add to the bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice with the honey, thyme and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil; 
season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon vinaigrette 
to the grilled squash and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl 
and top with the crumbled blue cheese and toasted pecans. Serve with grilled bread or naked burger.

Recipe adapted from FoodandWine.com

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