Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Ricotta Salata & Charred Fennel

While spinach is a good leafy substitute for the sorrel in this salad, Ben Bebenroth, chef and owner of Cleveland's farm-to-table Spice Catering, sometimes uses thinly sliced raw rhubarb to mimic sorrel's tangy flavor in this summer squash salad.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ¾ pounds small zucchini and/or summer squash, trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 baby fennel bulbs or 1 large fennel bulb, fronds reserved for garnish

  • 1 cup baby sorrel (see Tip) or spinach

  • ½ cup fresh opal basil leaves, chopped

  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 ounces shaved ricotta salata cheese

  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high

  2. Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, thinly slice squash lengthwise until you encounter the seeds. Discard the seedy centers. Place the squash ribbons in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon oil.

  3. If using a large fennel bulb, cut in half lengthwise; leave baby fennel whole. Oil the grill rack. Grill the fennel, flipping occasionally, until tender and slightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. When cool enough to handle, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-wide pieces.

  4. Add the fennel to the squash along with sorrel (or spinach), basil, parsley, chives and lemon juice to taste; toss. Sprinkle the salad with ricotta salata, salt, pepper and fennel fronds, if using. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.


Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (83% daily value), Vitamin A (48% dv).

Tip: Sorrel, a lemony-tasting, leafy green herb, contains high amounts of oxalic acid, which imparts a tart flavor. Spinach--along with a good squeeze of lemon juice--makes an excellent substitute.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
10g Fat
10g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cups
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 2393IU 48%
Vitamin C 50mg 56%
Folate 65mcg 16%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 62mg 15%
Potassium 716mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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