Summer Squash Pasta With Green Goddess Dressing 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Jul 16, 2014

This is a noodly tangle you can feel good about serving. Zucchini and yellow squash yield nicely after a salt session. Then they're dressed with a yogurt-based riff on a 90-year-old French recipe.

Serve with avocado slices and fresh salsa.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for serving
  • Leaves from 1 or 2 large stems fresh basil
  • Leaves from 2 to 4 stems flat-leaf parsley
  • Leaves from 2 or 3 stems tarragon
  • About 15 chives
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 anchovy
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (whole-milk, low-fat or nonfat)
  • 1/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Trim the ends of the zucchini and squash. Cut the vegetables into very thin strips; you can use a julienne vegetable peeler or a serrated knife. Place the strips into a colander set in the sink. Sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt, and toss to distribute. Let the squash sit for 15 minutes while you make the sauce.

Coarsely chop the basil (reserving a few leaves for garnish), parsley, tarragon, chives, garlic and anchovy, transferring them to a food processor or blender as you work. Squeeze in 2 tablespoons of juice from the lemon half (avoid pits); process until finely chopped. Add the vinegar, oil, yogurt and pine nuts. Season lightly with the pepper. Puree until smooth, then taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Transfer three-quarters of the dressing to a mixing bowl.

Gently squeeze moisture from the squash. Pat dry with paper towels, then add the squash to the dressing in the bowl. Toss gently to coat. Taste again, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Divide among individual plates. Scatter some of the cheese over each portion, and garnish with a few basil leaves. Serve right away.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from “Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season,” by Kimberley Hasselbrink (Ten Speed Press, 2014).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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