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GARDEN FRESH SQUASH AND TOMATO SALAD WITH SESAME SOY VINAIGRETTE

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Zucchini is beneficial for Liver health, and tomatoes help to balance the Stomach and the Heart. Sesame seeds and a dash of sesame oil round off this healthy dish with a boost of support for the Kidneys. Add a little lemon juice of vinegar to strengthen Liver function and a tad of hot sauce and spicy arugula to activate the Lung.

 1 each zucchini, summer squash, and green or yellow patty pan squashes
 1 tomato (proportionately about ½ the amount of tomato to squash)
 Sesame seeds, toasted
 Arugula (a handful)
 Lemon juice and/or rice wine vinegar
 Sesame oil
 Soy Sauce
 Worcestershire sauce
 Tabasco or hot sauce, optional
 Ground pepper
1

Cut the zucchini and summer squash into quarters lengthwise and then into 1-1/2” wedges.

2

Cut the patty pan squash in half horizontally and then into wedges.

3

Steam in salted water until just “fork tender” (the color will be bright).

4

Set aside to cool.

5

While the squashes are cooking, cut your tomato(es) into wedges (about 6 to 8 wedges for the average tomato).

6

Scatter arugula on your serving platter, plate the squashes and tomato wedges over the arugula.

7

You will have a lovely plate of bright red, green and yellow.

8

Sprinkle the sesame seeds lightly over the vegetables.

9

Mix together the lemon juice and/or vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, a “hit” of Worcester sauce, ground pepper, and a “hit” of hot sauce (which is totally optional), and drizzle your dressing over the salad.

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While most people have the ratio of tart to oil down for their own tastes, generally speaking a good proportion is 2 times as much oil to vinegar.

12

Because sesame oil tends to have a strong flavor, you might want to “cut it” with a light oil such as grapeseed, which will not change the flavor but will prevent the sesame oil from becoming overwhelming.