David Tanis, co-chef at Berkeley's Chez Panisse, created this dish after a day at the market when everything that appealed to him was a shade of gold. We've adapted it from his new book, A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes (Artisan, 2008; $35).
2 pounds small yellow zucchini or other yellow summer squash
1/2 pound ricotta salata cheese or mild feta
12 squash blossoms (petals only)
Freshly ground black peper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
How to Make It
Using a mandoline or sharp thin-bladed knife, cut zucchini into very thin slices lengthwise; put in a large, shallow bowl.
With a vegetable peeler, shave ricotta salata cheese into narrow, thin slices. Tear squash blossoms into strips.
Season zucchini lightly with salt and pepper; toss gently. Drizzle with olive oil, then add juice from lemon. Taste and adjust the seasoning. On top, scatter cheese, then blossoms. Serve immediately.
A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes; Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA