|I didn't have an oblong or square dish as called for, so I used an oval one.|
I found this recipe in the July 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Technically, it's a layered salad, but without all the gooey-ness of the typical layered salad. You basically cut it and serve it like lasagna. Although I could have made it exactly as the recipe directed I decided to do my own thing and tweaked the recipe a bit. I just can't leave things alone sometimes.
Stacked Summer Salad
You can make this salad up to 12 hours ahead, but I've found that it's still crispy and delicious 24 hours later. It got rave reviews. Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 issue.
3 medium green or yellow summer squash
1 cup shredded carrots
1 small red, orange or yellow bell pepper
1/2 of a red onion
2 cups torn leaf lettuce
4 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 Tbs. EVOO
2 Tbs. freshly snipped dill, divided
a generous pinch of garlic powder
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup crumbled queso fresco
3 scallions, sliced thinly
1 small avocado
1. Using a mandoline or a sharp vegetable peeler, shave squash into long, thin strips.
2. Sprinkle squash strips lightly with kosher salt, then transfer to a colander to drain for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3. Slice radishes, bell pepper and onion very thinly with mandoline or a very sharp knife.
4. Rinse squash and allow to drain.
5. Mix lemon juice, EVOO and 1 Tbs. dill together; season to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
6. Using a 2 quart square or oblong glass casserole dish, assemble salad by layering one third of the squash, radishes, carrots, bell pepper, onion and lettuce.
7. Drizzle with one third of the lemon juice and oil mixture.
8. Repeat with remaining vegetables and dressing.
9. Sprinkle with queso fresco and scallions.
10. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 12 hours.
11. To serve, cut salad into rectangles with a sharp knife and lift onto serving plates with a spatula.
12. Cut avocado into long, thin slices and lay some atop each serving.
13. Sprinkle each serving with a finishing salt (such as Maldon sea salt) and more freshly ground black pepper and the remaining dill. Serves 6 to 8.
May your tastebuds dance in an air conditioned room!