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A stevia sweetened dressing coats vegetables in this simple zucchini and squash salad. This is a great potluck dish to show off your summer garden crop.
We’ve been getting a lot of summer vegetables from the garden. So, I thought I would try a simple salad using fresh veggies from our garden.
I wasn’t sure about using the squash and zucchini raw so I steamed them slightly. I wanted them to stay crisp, but have a bit more flavor. Steaming for a short period of time gives them a brighter color and helps the squash retain flavor while holding the texture.
In the past, I’ve always used squash as a cooked vegetable. But, I’ve seen it used in salads. This is the first time I’ve tried making a zucchini and squash salad. The low carb salad is really yummy. I’m not sure why I waited so long!
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If you haven’t used your summer squash and zucchini in a tossed salad, you really need to give it a try. It’s a nice change from the regular cucumber and tomato salad that I’ve made in the past. In fact, I prefer this summer squash and zucchini salad over the cucumber salad.
Although I do recommend steaming the squash and zucchini for a short period of time, the prep work for making this zucchini and squash salad is super quick and easy. After steaming, you just combine the cooked veggies with the tomatoes and dressing.
This is a great low carb salad to make for those outdoor potluck parties. You don’t have to worry about it sitting outside in the sun like dishes made with mayonnaise.
The dressing on this zucchini and squash salad is really light. It’s a blend of oil and vinegar with a bit of herbs and spices. I used olive oil and cider vinegar. You can change it up to suit your own preferences, though.
Since this low carb salad is a great use for our garden vegetables, it’s sure to be become a summer staple at our house. I’ll be looking forward to making it every summer when the plants start producing.
We always have tons of mini tomatoes so this is going to be a nice way to use them up. With all the summer veggies in the house, I’ll probably make another batch of this salad later this week.
What’s your favorite way to use up summer squash, zucchini, and tomatoes from the garden? Do you use them to make fresh salads all summer long?
Zucchini and Squash Salad with Tomatoes Recipe
Zucchini and Squash Salad with Tomatoes
- 1 large summer squash
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 packets stevia or other sugar substitute
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- dash salt
- dash pepper
Slice squash and zucchini into half moons. Arrange in steamer over boiling water. Cover and steam for a minute, then place in cold water to stop cooking. Drain well. Cut tomatoes in half. Combine squash, zucchini and tomatoes in large bowl. Mix other ingredients in small bowl and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.
Makes 8 servings
Carbs per serving: 3 g