Go ahead and save this recipe now, because you’re going to want to make this bright, gorgeously fresh recipe from Seamus Mullen, owner of Tertulia and El Comado, all summer long. Simply shave raw summer squash and radishes on a mandolin, whisk together a quick, citrusy vinaigrette, shower with grated Manchego, and finish with handfuls of basil and mint.
You can use standard squash such as zucchini and crookneck in this recipe, but it’s even more beautiful with a mix of colors and shapes, from sunny yellow pattypans to ridged Romanescos to the perfectly round, aptly named eight-ball. Some farmers grow horseradish root, which grows straight and deep and has wonderful heat when grated fresh, but if you can’t find it for this dressing, prepared horseradish works just fine. —GrowNYC
2 1/2 pounds
mixed summer squash and zucchini, of various shapes, sizes, and varities
mixed radishes, green stems removed, cleaned
garlic clove, finely minced
lemons, juiced and zested, to make 2 teaspoons zest and 4 tablespoons juice
Champagne vinegar or sweet white wine vinegar
Freshly cracked black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
grated fresh horseradish
basil leaves, torn into small pieces
mint leaves, torn into small pieces
finely grated Manchego cheese, about 1 cup
Set a mandolin on the thinnest setting. Slice the squash, shallot, and radishes crosswise into thin coins. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and toss gently to combine.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. While whisking, steadily drizzle in the olive oil to form a vinaigrette.
Add the lemon vinaigrette to the squash mixture and toss gently. Finish the salad with lemon zest, horseradish, basil and mint, a generous sprinkle of grated cheese, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss to combine and serve.