Monday, September 12, 2022

Grilled Summer Squash Caprese

 A variation on an Italian Caprese Salad this Grilled Summer Squash Caprese features summer squash, grilled to perfection, juicy ripe summer cherry tomatoes, and fragrant basil.  The perfect side dish!

Grilled Summer Squash Caprese

This summer it's been all about the side dishes and salads around our house.  We've been grilling pork chops, steaks, and chicken all summer long but the side dishes are really the outstanding items this year.  Here is another delectable side dish that couldn't be easier to make.

Ripe yellow summer squash cut into strips and grilled is topped with cherry tomatoes and basil, then doused with really good olive oil and minced garlic.  Simple, straightforward, and scrumptious!  Try this out while tomatoes are at their peak.


What Ingredients do I need?

  • yellow summer squash
  • cherry tomatoes - I used heirloom cherry tomatoes for the color variety.
  • fresh basil
  • good olive oil - since this is a main component you want the best flavor you can afford.
  • fresh garlic

Substitutions and Variations

  • Try zucchini or eggplant instead of the squash.
  • Switch up the herbs - thyme or oregano would be wonderful.
  • Use cut Roma tomatoes or large heirloom tomatoes instead of cherry.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Buy ripe fresh tomatoes - since this is a main ingredient you want very tasty tomatoes.  Cherry tomatoes that are on the vine are the most flavorful.  I chose heirloom cherry tomatoes for a more pop of color.
  • This dish is perfect served hot off the grill or at room temperature.
  • When you use olive oil as a tasting ingredient (the oil flavor is prominent in the food you are eating such as salad dressing, dipping oil for bread, drizzling etc.) instead of cooking, you want the best quality oil that you can afford.  The taste will be better and will make your dish stand out.  Here are a few olive oils that I trust and like.  Kouzini Greek Olive Oil - California Olive Ranch - Lucini 

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Grilled Summer Squash Caprese

serves 6

1 1/2 lbs yellow summer squash (about 3 medium) cut lengthwise in to slices
olive oil
kosher salt & ground black pepper
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved (I used heirloom cherry tomatoes)
1/4 cup fresh basil 
1 Tablespoon minced garlic

Brush both sides of the squash slices with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill on an outdoor grill, or indoor using a grill pan, about 5-6 minutes until crisp-tender, turning once.

Arrange squash on a serving platter along with tomatoes.  Top with basil leaves.  Drizzle with olive oil and minced garlic before serving.

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