Summer Squash Salad; and then there was one

This is a very simple salad using small squashes.

You do know you should pick them when they are small, right?

I was running out of ideas, it was hot, I had an abundance of herbs and a forgotten lemon in the firdge.

Thus a recipe is born.

We liked it as a salad.

Mon mari liked it even better the next day when he added it to his sandwich – just the right amount of crunch.

Summer Squash Salad

Total time: 10 minutes plus marinating time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small zucchini or summer squash, about 7″ (17cm) long, sliced very thinly
  • 2 tbs chopped lemon basil
  • 2 tbs chopped mint
  • 2 tbs chopped, fresh parsley
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 3 – 4 tbs fresh lemon juice, (1 lemon)
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil

Summer Squash Salad

Instructions:

  • Make Vinaigrette:
  • Place mustard and lemon juice in a bowl big enough to hold everything. Whisk to combine. 
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly, until thick.
  • Add the squash slices and herbs, Stir will to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to serve, spoon into a serving bowl.

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I have an update on our bunny-cide.

The farmers (all 8 of them) were back this morning.

Once again they did a lot of talking and standing around in various spots.

I didn’t go out to talk to them because, really, there was no point. They were going to do whatever regardless of my opinion.

My neighbor, however, did.

I think it’s a guy thing – and he’s quite thrilled at the bunny-cide.

Anyway, he spent quite a bit of time participating in whatever discussions were going on.

He said he even understood most of it…. I ran into him when I was out walking the dogs, on their leashes.

So, here is the scoop according to my neighbor:

They are not poisoning the rabbits. If they had, they would have given us proper warning to protect the dogs.

Okay, I’ll believe that.

They are trapping them and moving them to a hunting area for the autumn hunters.

Yeah… I don’t believe that.

I haven’t seen any traps and I haven’t seen anyone coming to tend traps, remove them, return them etc. Sure, it’s possible that they could do that and my dogs wouldn’t bark like crazy and I wouldn’t notice the activity, but….

The sick and dying bunnies have myxomatosis.

Yes, I absolutely believe that, having seen the evidence with my own eyes.

Then he said that the myxomatosis is coincidental with the concerted effort to rid the neighborhood of rabbits. They did not introduce it nor cause it.

I’m not buying that line either.

My neighbor couldn’t believe that I didn’t believe.

I said it’s like when you’re a kid and your parents tell you that your old, sick dog is going to live on a farm in the country.

I will continue to walk my dogs on leashes….

And I will miss the bunnies (never thought I’d say that).

I did see one bunny this morning; and he wasn’t sick.

I smiled.

Last update on August 22, 2018

8 thoughts on “Summer Squash Salad; and then there was one”

  1. I’m sure they’re using poison. That many bunnies with the same problem? The other thing that bothers me about it all is one we’ve been experiencing here as well. The bunny eats the poison. Doesn’t show any effects for a day or two. A raptor sees the bunny and takes it back to its nest for its own food or its baby raptors. Now, not only have you poisoned the bunnies, you’ve wiped out an entire predator family which, if nature works right, is what keeps the bunnies in check to begin with. I’m sorry. It makes me extremely angry.

    I’m getting some tomatoes now. I had enough for tomato sauce two nights ago. For two. Not enough to can of course, but they’re starting. I don’t think I’ll be planting anymore peppers except for green ones anymore though. I can’t give them away and the banana peppers I canned, while good, needed a touch of sugar which was not in the recipe I’d used.

  2. I’m pretty sure it’s the myxomatosis…. I’m also pretty sure that they introduced it. It’s a man-made virus that only affects rabbits and is not harmful to other species. It’s spread by fleas. It’s also very cruel and hard to control once started. It was developed to control the rabbits in Australia…. who were introduced be humans. We are such a screwed up species lol
    Glad your tomatoes are finally ripening! I never had much luck with peppers – and what I did get was all at once, so I gave up.
    My tomatoes are pausing at the moment, but there are lots of new, small ones for fall. Yay!

  3. Your post reminded me of a friend who had this sick little book of cartoons of bunny suicides. Some examples can be found here https://www.sadanduseless.com/suicidal/

    I had a similar dish of “zucchini carpaccio” in Italy that was a similar concept. I’m not a fan of squash, but I ate that up pretty quickly, especially when sprinkled liberally with parmiggiano reggiano. It’s a nice refreshing salad when you don’t know what else to have for a vegetable in the heat of summer.

  4. It will never cease to amaze me the lengths that people will go to to justify their actions. While I understand that the bunnies are very destructive to crops, there must be a more humane way to deal with them! Making up stories about invisible traps they are using to cull the bunnies is certainly not the answer.

    When I saw “and then there was one” with “summer squash salad”, it made me think that you have just one zucchini squash left (is that a zucchino??) after making this salad, which sounds delicious. I have high hopes that I might be able to make it with my very own homegrown zucchini squash. I planted two kinds: yellow and striped. All of the plants have been flowering like crazy – with male flowers. But. We just noticed that one of the striped squashes has appeared! So far it is pencil thin. Maybe, just maybe, it will turn into an actual squash. If the raccoons don’t notice it first….

    • And if you don’t watch it closely it will become a giant lol. I plant 4 different varieties, This year the white and yellow did very well, which is what you seen in the salad (the white is a pale green) They are both long and skinny, I also planted a mottled green and a green strip which are more round and good for stuffing – they only produced a few. As to why? (insert Gaelic shrug)
      We are no longer talking about bunnies. I do catch and release for the mice that get in the house lol

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