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.
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