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Vegetarian, Vegetarian |110 calories per serving|20 minute recipe

Summer Squash Ribbons

This content was last updated on June 17, 2020

Squash ribbons are easy to make and simply flavored with aromatic herbs and zesty lemon. Summer squash is low in calories and rich in cancer-protective fiber and contains nutrients including lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are especially beneficial for our eyes. Herbs and lemon zest also provide a plethora of antioxidants in this too-hot-to-cook, refreshingly light, summer side dish.


  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped oregano leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium-large yellow straightneck summer squash
  • 1 medium-large zucchini
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 110 calories, 8 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 5 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 110 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. In large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in onion.
  2. Cut stem end from squash. Holding stem end of squash and leaning other end on cutting board at an angle, use vegetable peeler to shave squash lengthwise to create ribbons. Stop peeling at seed core.
  3. Stack ribbons and cut in half crosswise. Add ribbons to bowl and stir, separating ribbons to cover with dressing.
  4. Rotate squash to opposite side and repeat peeling, cutting and mixing with dressing.
  5. Peel ribbons from remaining two sides of squash and repeat cutting and mixing with dressing.
  6. Repeat with zucchini.
  7. Transfer squash salad to serving dish and top with feta. Salad may be chilled and served later in the day.

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