If you can't find the squashes here, try small zucchini and slice them crosswise. Squash blossoms can be replaced with a leafy green such as spinach.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place thyme on a cutting board, and bruise with the dull edge of a knife. Place thyme and oil in a small saucepan. Cover, and heat over medium heat until small bubbles appear. Turn off heat, and steep thyme, covered, 20 minutes. Discard sprigs, leaving loose thyme leaves in oil. Whisk together lemon zest and juice and 2 tablespoons thyme oil (reserve remaining oil for another use; it can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks).

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  • Combine half the dressing with the zucchini, pattypan squashes, tomatoes, zucchini blossoms, basil, red-pepper flakes, and salt. Season with pepper, and toss. Divide half the salad between 2 plates, and dot with half the ricotta. Top with remaining salad and remaining ricotta. Drizzle with remaining dressing, and sprinkle with basil.

Cook's Notes

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More than 95 percent water, summer squashes are very low in calories -- a cup of raw sliced squash has less than 20 calories.

Reviews (1)

46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
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07/15/2014
"Cover, good gourd More than 95 percent water, summer squashes are very low in calories -- a cup of raw sliced squash has less than 20 calories. and heat over medium heat until small bubbles appear." wha?