Summer appetites are strange things.
One minute you're craving a light, crunchy salad, the next a cold, creamy ice cream cone, then something charred and savory from the grill and before you know it you'll want to bite into a giant slice of fresh watermelon with the juice running down your arms. It's a funny time of the year for food. In the winter, I just want something warm and comforting. In the summer, my taste buds change with the wind.
Maybe I just think about this stuff too much.
This salad was the result of trying to use up what I had in my fridge and pantry, but it tasted so good I just had to share it. Plus I had warned you all the other day about the amount of squash recipes that would be bombarding the site and I have yet to make good on that promise.
I think the reason I enjoyed this salad so much is that it hit almost all my summer food cravings in one dish. You obviously get the crunchy salad from the the romaine, the juicy sweetness from the red peppers and the savory charred flavor from the sauteed garlic, veggies, and chickpeas. I guess I'd just need to finish it all off with a bowl of ice cream to make it complete.
This salad is super easy to make, is done in minutes and is made using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Plus, it's a light enough meal for a hot summer night, but keeps you full due to all the fiber and protein.
Simple Summer Squash Salad
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Yellow Summer Squash, chopped
- 1 Red Pepper, sliced
- 1 Can Chickpeas, drained
- 4 Cups Chopped Romaine
- Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste
- 1-2 Tablespoons Thyme
- 1/2-1 Cup Green Onion, chopped
Makes 4 salads.
Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the garlic and allow to cook for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss in the squash and red pepper, turn up the heat to medium-high. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Be careful not to overcook them, you want them to still have a bit of a crunch. Turn the heat back down to medium, add salt, pepper, thyme and chickpeas. While the chickpeas are warming, arrange the romaine on plates (approximately 1 cup per plate). After about 5 minutes, turn off the stove and divide the chickpeas and veggies among the plates of romaine lettuce. Garnish with green onion. Serve with a smile and enjoy. This salad is particularly delicious when enjoyed with friends outside during sunset.
Do you have specific cravings during different times of the year?