Thursday, August 29, 2013

Shaved Squash Salad & Cookbook Review

 Summer is almost over. It's the Labour Day long weekend here in Canada and as of next Tuesday, it's all over. We've enjoyed another summer full of fun, adventures and heat. It's been a humid summer, the kind that makes you just want to melt in your seat. Most days I was scrambling to find meals that required little or no cooking. Then I remembered I had The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook, by Matt Kadey. I quickly found tons of recipes to try, none of them needing an ounce of heat from the stove, oven or grill. This cookbook is full of wonderful recipes, from breakfast to dessert. There were so many eye catching recipes I didn't know where to begin. I totally LOVE chickpeas, so I went with this recipe first.

This salad is a great way to use up your garden bounty. I know everyone is starting to harvest tons of summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes and this salad highlights all of these favourite summer staples. I loved the crunchy, buttery, tart sweetness of this salad. I didn't have red wine vinegar, so I subbed in some Balsamic vinegar. Not only is this salad delicious, it's is stunning on your plate. It makes you truly appreciate the beauty of a fresh summer bounty of vegetables.


If you'd like to win a copy of this fabulous cookbook, please leave me a comment (and your email address), telling me what your favourite No-Cook, No-Bake summer recipe is. Contest is open to U.S and Canadian Residents (contest closed to residents of Quebec). Winner will be announced September 5th.

Shaved Squash Salad
adapted from The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook

1 1/2 lbs zucchini (about 3 medium), preferably a mix of green and yellow
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1- 14oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 C halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 C coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 ounces diced feta, goat, or blue cheese (about 1/2 C)
1/3 C chopped walnuts or pecans

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1-2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Using a wide, flat vegetable peeler or mandoline, shave the squash thinly is a large bowl. Toss with the bell pepper, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes and basil. Divide the squash mixture among serving plates and sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

This post linked to

Create it Thursday
Full Plate Thursday
Inspire Us Thursday
Thursday Favorite Things
Two Girls and a Party
My Meatless Mondays
Let's Get Real 


mothers shadow said...

YUM! I'm your newest follower. Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

Susan said...

We eat a lot of salads in the summer. The only no cook ones are when we just add deli meat to a nice garden salad. Thanks.

carolinaheartstrings said...

What a great looking salad. I cannot wait to make this one. DELICIOUS.

Angela M said...

My favourite summertime no cook recipe is Hungarian Cucumber Salad.

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. xo

Nicole Burkholder said...

What a lovely pile of fresh veggies! :) Thanks for linking up to Let's Get Real! I'd love a copy of that cookbook- that's my kind of "cooking" right there! :) nicole(at)365ishpins (dot)com

spike said...

I love a fresh fruit salad made up of all the fresh local fruit... yum - add some vanilla ice cream or cottage cheese - I could live off it!

Miz Helen said...

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

katherine peas said...

saw you on a blog hop and my favorite no cook/no bake summer recipe is this no cook spring roll
would love to be entered in the contest! http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/2011/07/hh6-cooking-challenge-spring-rolls.html

Wayne Lecoy said...

I am entering your giveaway.
It would be great to win a copy of
The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook
by Matt Kadey.
In response to your question of
What is your favourite No-Cook, No-Bake summer recipe?
My favorite recipe is
No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe was featured on Full Plate Thursday and we really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing it with us!
Miz Helen