A lovely side dish that hints of the Mediterranean, this fresh find from CHOW.com reminds us of everything good about the last days of summer….

Grilled Summer Squash with Feta & Mint


3 pounds assorted summer squash, washed and ends trimmed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 3 1/2 ounces)
4 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves


Place 1 squash on a cutting board and make a diagonal cut about 1 1/2 inches from one end. Roll the squash a half turn and make another diagonal cut (in the same direction as the first cut) about 1 1/2 inches from the cut end of the squash.

Repeat with the rolling and cutting until you reach the end of the squash.

Repeat with the remaining squash, place in a large bowl, and set aside.

Place the lemon juice in a medium bowl and whisk in the olive oil in a slow stream until combined. Season with salt and pepper, then add half of the dressing to the bowl of squash, season generously with salt and pepper again, toss to combine, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to high (about 450°F to 550°F). When the grill is ready, use a slotted spoon to place the squash on the grill. Reserve the large bowl and any remaining dressing in it. Cook the squash uncovered, turning occasionally, until charred in spots and crisp-tender, about 7 to 8 minutes total.

Return the grilled squash to the large bowl, add the remaining half of the dressing, and toss until evenly coated. Let the squash cool until just warm or room temperature, about 15 minutes. Add the feta and mint and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed.

*Recipe and image courtesy of CHOW.com.*