Summer Squash and Nasturtium Leaf Salad

While it’s officially September and the autumn days are getting closer and closer, here in the Pacific Northwest, there are two things in seasonal abundance right now: nasturtiums and summer squash. The summer squash (ok, let’s go ahead and call it “late summer squash”) we keep getting at our local food co-op is the size of baseball bats, and it seems like every garden that I look at has an overgrown nasturtium plant somewhere, the brightly colored orange, red and yellow flowers intertwined with the huge bright green leaves, stretching out every which way.

This salad is the perfect way to use them both up (or at least use up a little bit of both of them).

Summer Squash and Nasturtium Leaf Salad

It’s a slight rendition on a summer squash salad that I make at least twice a week when summer squash season is in full swing. There’s even a papercut version of it in the latest issue of Comestible. The salad is an easy way to use up a glut of summer squash, or to make use of a small part of that enormous one that you are shocked grew to be so big. The nasturtium leaves bring a nice peppery bite to the salad. Perfect for late summer evenings to remind you that it’s not fall quite yet.

The salad is perfect as a side dish to a meal, but you can also do like I did and serve it on a bed of lentils if you want it to be a stand alone dish.

Summer Squash and Nasturtium Leaf Salad

Summer Squash and Nasturtium Leaf Salad


A few tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 medium summer squash

1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic

Handful of basil or cilantro leaves, finely chopped (mint is also good)

Handful of nasturtium leaves, torn into small pieces

Salt + freshly ground pepper to taste


In a salad bowl, mix together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Finely chop the garlic, herbs and nasturtium leaves, then add them to the salad bowl.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the summer squash into thin strips. Add to the bowl and mix it all together.


Summer Squash and Nasturtium Leaf Salad

Comments 1

  1. Cassie

    This looks amazing! I love that summer squash is still in season (somewhat) and I cannot wait for the fresh fall produce!

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