Simply Healthy Family: Summer Squash Medley with Shrimp


Summer Squash Medley with Shrimp

I hate cooking during the summer months. My appetite is also diminished when it's so hot out. I love coming up with simple, light summer meals like this one. The little peppers and parsley are from our garden, our tomatoes didn't make it in this heat. I haven't bought jarred dressing in years. It is so simple to quickly throw together a basic dressing and much healthier. You only need a few ingredients. If you keep extra virgin olive oil and red wine or other vinegar as staples in your pantry your set!

You will need:

2 summer squash
1/2 small red onion, sliced
yellow/orange sweet peppers
2 tomatoes, sliced
large handful of baby spinach
small handful fresh parsley, chopped
cooked shrimp, tails removed
1 cup cooked pasta
Lemon, garlic dressing (recipe to follow)

Putting it all together:

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain & cool.
Wash all veggies under cool running water. Using a food processor or veggie peeler, slice squash thinly, lengthwise.
Combine all veggies, shrimp and pasta in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing, toss to coat.

Simple lemon, garlic dressing:

In a measuring cup combine juice from 3 lemons, fresh ground black pepper and minced garlic. Whisk as you drizzle in 1/2 cup of EVOO. Store in an airtight container. This will keep in a cool place for a few weeks.



  1. What lovely colors in this pasta dish. I also have a hard time eating large meals during the summer. I find myself consuming a lot more food at night when it cools down!

  2. Great looking meal...there is nothing worse than sweating in a hot kitchen on a steamy summer night...this looks perfect!

  3. Beautiful! I love your veg selections.

  4. A healthy and fantastic looking salad. All the veggies really blends well together. I love the mixture of colours. I'm joining you as a follower. Have a great day!

  5. Thank you! It was so good and simple, we've had it a few times this summer.

  6. Beautiful fresh looking salad. We have had such a cool summer, it's freezing outside right now, it will warm up a little this afternoon. I should make a pot of soup right now!

  7. Thanks for dinner. I know what I am making tonight, it is suppose to be plus 40 by afternoon and I have been struggling to know what to make in this drastic heat for my family who doesn't like the heat but who have to eat.


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