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Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad


1/2 cup red or other quinoa, rinsed in a fine-mesh sieve, drained

2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

1 pound assorted summer squash (use medium and small for the best flavor)

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan plus 1/4 cup shaved with a peeler

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn


1. Bring quinoa and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Season with salt, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until quinoa is tender but not mushy, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain; return quinoa to hot saucepan. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Uncover; fluff with a fork and let cool.

2. Cut squash into 1/8-inch-thick slices, some lengthwise and some crosswise. Transfer to a large bowl, season with 2 teaspoons salt and toss to coat. Let sit until slightly wilted, about 15 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain well. Pat dry with paper towels.

3. Whisk grated Parmesan, zest, juice and vinegar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper.

4. Combine squash, quinoa, parsley, walnuts and basil in a large bowl. Pour dressing over; toss to coat. Garnish with shaved Parmesan.

Serves 4 to 6


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