Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint. An easy, raw, and vegetarian summer salad!

Every time I visit San Francisco, I come home feeling inspired. Inspired to make dishes that are uncomplicated and flavorful, and allow the ingredients to shine. ‘Less is more’ is my favorite principle in the kitchen–but I definitely need a friendly reminder every now and then, and that is exactly what this trip gave me.

Whether it was eating the creamiest broken farro porridge at my favorite spot in the Ferry Building, grabbing fresh fish tacos at the farmer’s market, or indulging in the best egg salad sandwich of my life (ps. normally I could care less about egg salad) at the cutest bakeshop in Berkeley, I was constantly reminded that good food has just as much to do with the quality of the ingredients as it does the preparation.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint. An easy, raw, and vegetarian summer salad!

And often times, the simplest of preparations is the best.

This is much more difficult to pull off than it sounds, but I’m hoping to provide even more recipes like this in the future. Recipes that you feel like you can make any day of the week, after a trip to the farmer’s market (or grocery store), and in a relatively short amount of time.

Is complicated fun sometimes? Definitely! But I’m guessing the simple stuff is what we all go back to time after time–so here we go!

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint. An easy, raw, and vegetarian summer salad!

As you’ve probably already predicted, this shaved summer squash salad with goat cheese and fresh mint was inspired by another dinner out in Oakland at a relatively newer restaurant called The Homestead–shout out to my sister for taking me to all of her favorite spots!

Ribbons of yellow and green squash are tossed with a light lemon-based vinaigrette, thinly sliced red onion, and topped with crumbled goat cheese and fresh mint. For the sweetest and best results, try to find the youngest (i.e. smallest) squash you can. Larger squash tend to be seedier, starchier, and more bitter.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint. An easy, raw, and vegetarian summer salad!

To create thin ribbons of squash, I recommend using a mandolin for the best results. I highly recommend marinating the squash ribbons and red onion in the vinaigrette for at least 20 minutes before serving–it allows the squash to soften slightly and improves the overall texture of the salad.

As is the case with any dish that incorporates so few ingredients, I don’t recommend leaving or substitute anything out in this! The mint is just as crucial in the final result as the goat cheese, and so forth it.


Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint

Yield: 3-4 Side Servings (or 2 Large)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

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  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb small yellow and green squash, thinly sliced lengthwise into ribbons using a mandolin
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5-6 large mint leaves, roughly shredded
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. Whisk together the lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking quickly to emulsify the mixture. Season to taste with salt and fresh pepper.
  2. Place the thinly sliced squash ribbons and red onion in a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss gently with a spoon--and allow the mixture  to sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper--be generous. Add the shredded mint leaves (use your fingers to shred to avoid bruising) and toss.
  4. Serve the salad and top with crumbled goat cheese.

Recipe inspired by The Homestead (in Oakland, CA).

28 Responses to “Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Mint”

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    Tieghan — August 8, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Yeah, I sometimes get so excited about ingredients that I end up with too many. I have to step back and tale some out a lot of times because simple really is best! Loving this salad. Summer squash is a favorite of mine!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      I totally get that sentiment! I’m guilty too 😉 Thanks Tieghan!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — August 8, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    This sounds awesome and I love the presentation and its simplicity!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      Thank you, thank you!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 8, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling inspired by SF! Mostly I feel inspired to pack everything up and move out there :) Kidding, sort of…but not really.

    Squash ribbons are the best! Love this salad!

  4. #
    pippa@popovertopippas — August 8, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    I may have to get myself one of those egg sandwiches during my visit to see Nana!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:50 am

      Yes! So good–get there early, they sell out fast.

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — August 8, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    You are right – simple is wonderful! I lived in Oakland for 10 years and loved it! Such an underrated city :) Plus great restaurants!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:49 am

      Yes!! So many great restaurants!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 8, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    This salad is straight up too pretty!! I love all the colour!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:48 am

      Thanks so much Katrina!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — August 8, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    I completely agree — less is almost always more. In the blogging world that’s an easy principal to forget. Going to SF in May, and I can’t wait! You’ll have to give me all your restaurant recs! Beautiful salad. :)

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:48 am

      Definitely hard principle to follow in the blogging world sometimes! :) Email me when the time comes and I’d love to give suggestions!

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    Jona — August 9, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Wow i love the presentation so amazing it look’s like so taste

  9. #
    meg — August 9, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Beautiful salad! It sounds delicious!

  10. #
    Connie @ Sprig and Flours — August 9, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Beautiful pictures! This salad is on my list! It looks perfect!

  11. #
    Millie l Add A Little — August 9, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    Beautiful Laura! Looks light and delicious!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:46 am

      Thanks Millie!!

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    Nora @ Savory Nothings — August 10, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    What gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous recipe! Looks so perfect for summer!

    • Laura replied: — August 11th, 2014 @ 7:45 am

      Thanks so much Nora!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 11, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    It’s too hot outside to be complicated. I like my food simple and fresh in the summer, and this salad is just that. Yum!

  14. #
    Joanne — August 11, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    If there’s one place on earth that inspires me to eat simply and eat well, it’s SF! Love this salad. Let’s all those vibrant summer flavors really shine through.

  15. #
    Sonja — August 12, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Ah, another inspiration for how to use up the loads of zucchini and summer squash in my weekly CSA! Sometimes I feel like my fridge is going to explode with summer produce which isn’t a bad problem to have but I run out of ideas. Thank you~

  16. #
    Russell from Chasing Delicious — August 12, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    I love salads like this! So flavorful and packed with my favorite, squash!

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — August 13, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    The simplest of preparations is the best. . I couldn’t agree with this more. . this is one of my favorite summer salads to make. . love the addition of the red onion. love love love!!


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