An End-of-Summer-Panic Salad for Amanda (and Her Kids' Lunch)

October  1, 2015

The last, best bits of summer end up in a big grain salad.


You're seeing this lunch in its mixing bowl because my husband Tad whisked the lunch containers (and our kids) off to school before I could snap a photo! Some mornings are like that. This salad is my desperate attempt to hold onto farewell to summer, and also a nod, once again, to Merrill's delicious corn, yellow squash, and roasted onion salad

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I cooked summer wheat berries and quinoa (in the same pan, adding the quinoa for the last 10 minutes of simmering) and then gathered up and chopped a whole slew of bits from around my kitchen: yellow squash, roasted onions, arugula, basil, and Sun Gold tomatoes. We had garlic dressing left over in the fridge; I added some of it along with a sprinkling of olive oil (so the salad wouldn't be too garlicky), and after mixing it all together, I crumbled in feta and gently folded the salad together once more. My End-of-Summer-Panic Salad was complete.

Photo by Amanda Hesser

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Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Yessica October 5, 2015
Do you cook the squash before tossing it in the salad? Not sure if I have ever eaten raw squash...
Amanda H. October 8, 2015
I don't -- but I do cut it into very small dice (you can see them in the photo -- the yellow cubes). Yellow squash is delicious raw.
tuesdaywine October 2, 2015
What a great way to hang on to the last days of summer. It seems like just about any vegetable, herb, or dressing would work. Looking forward to having this for lunch!
Molly October 1, 2015
Do you have a recipe for garlic dressing? Sounds delicious!
Amanda H. October 2, 2015
Hi Molly -- yes, here it is!
Molly October 8, 2015
Thank you!