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Summer-Squash Rolls with Herbed Ricotta, Arugula, and Toasted-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

This recipe, courtesy of Lost Kitchen chef and owner Erin French, works best with narrow, long, bright-yellow zucchini.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August July/August 2016

Ingredients

  • 3 medium summer squashes (preferably yellow zucchini), ends trimmed, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick ribbons
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano (1 ounce)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
  • 1 bunch small-leaved arugula

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss squash ribbons with 2 tablespoons oil; arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Roast just until tender, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine shallot and vinegar; let stand 15 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup oil and hazelnuts; season with salt and pepper.

  3. In a bowl, combine ricotta, herbs, Pecorino Romano, and lemon zest; season with salt and pepper. Place 3 arugula leaves crosswise on one end of each squash ribbon. Top with about 1 1/2 tablespoons ricotta filling. Roll squash up to create a little bundle, and place, seamside down, on a platter. Repeat with remaining squash, arugula, and filling. Serve, drizzled with vinaigrette.

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