Summer Squash Pickles…An In Season Recipe From Sweet Basil

like  love pickles…a lot! So, when I saw this recipe that uses squash and zucchini AND you can eat these perfect, fresh and crunchy pickles almost immediately, I was all over it. Even better, this recipe does not even require jars or canning equipment! Leave the skin on, the pickles will retain more of the nutrients…Yep, even pickles can be healthy! Have extra zucchini?  Try this delicious zucchini side dish!

Summer Squash Pickles Recipe
Summer Squash Pickles Recipe

INGREDIENTS 

3/4 pound zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3/4 pound yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion (such as Vidalia)
1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (omit if you just want a tangy pickle)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet. Arrange zucchini and squash slices on rack; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Rinse well under cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Place zucchini, squash, and onion in a medium glass bowl.

2. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup water, and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, and pour over vegetables. Weigh down vegetables with a plate. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Drain or serve with a slotted spoon.

Enjoy!

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Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photo credits to Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther.  Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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