Serves 6: Summer is the perfect time for salads! Cool, crisp and refreshing in the heat, summer is also the time when so many vegetables are abundant and available, like this recipe bursting with crunchy squash and sweet-tart apple and savory onion combine with the simple dressing to become a delicious and filling lunch, or as a starter salad for a light dinner. Whenever you choose, this squash and apple salad is a delightful addition to your summer menus!

Tools Needed: Chopping board, kitchen knife, 1 medium mixing bowl, whisk, salad bowl, serving tongs 


  • 1 lb. yellow squash, diced small 
  • 3 apples, diced small
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced 
  • ½ onion (red or yellow), diced
  • ⅓ cup olive, coconut, or pecan oil 
  • 2 Tbsps. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. plain sugar 
  • 1 tsp. dried or 2 tsp. fresh basil
  • ¾ tsp. salt 
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper


In a mixing bowl, combine vinegar, salt, and sugar. Whisk until dissolved, then add oil and seasonings. Whisk until fully combined. Set aside.

Wash all vegetables, and dice into small pieces (bite-sized). Dice the vegetables first, leaving the apples for last. This will cut down on browning.

Once all the vegetables and fruit are diced, place into your salad bowl and cover with the dressing. Immediately toss the salad thoroughly until everything is coated with the dressing. Serve immediately in pre-chilled bowls or plates.  

Nutritional Facts: Calories per serving: 122  ~  Total Fat: 9.3g  ~  Saturated Fat: 1.5g ~ Sodium: 225mg  ~  Sugars: 6.8g  ~ Protein: 1g ~ Carbohydrates: 10.4g ~ Fiber: 2.2g