Summer Squash Ribbon Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette (Raw) & My Vegan Dog

Jul 19, 2011

Perhaps you’re familiar with Newfoundlands as a breed.  Maybe you read Peter Pan (in the original book, Nana is a Newfie, not a Saint).  My dog, Atticus, is, for lack of a better ford, a beast.  He is giant, hairy, drools, has huge teeth, paws that can take out a grown man’s eye (though he’d never do that!), and an appetite to match his girth.

Does he love steak?  Does he crave quail?


Despite attempts as luring him with salmon or lamb, I have come to accept that Atticus is a vegan at heart.  Will he munch some meat?  Yes – he is a dog.  But what he adores, what makes him beg?

Cucumbers ends.

Broccoli stems.


And his absolute favorite?  Purple cabbage.

And yes, he ate this salad.

Summer Squash Ribbon Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

1 baby summer squash per person

sprinkling of dill, garnish/extra crunch with chopped purple cabbage

Slice squash with hand peeler very thin. Pile on plate and top with dressing (below) and garnish. Serve to friends (hairy and otherwise).

Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

1/4 cup olive oil

juice of one lemon

2 tsp Dijon mustard

sea salt to taste

pepper to taste

dill to taste


  1. Cindy
    July 19, 2011

    did he at least share it with you?

  2. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    July 20, 2011

    What a gorgeous pooch with such a gorgeous name! Now you need a cat named Scout! Someone needs to write to Disney and tell them they got Nana wrong in their movie!

    Lovely looking salad, will remember it if we ever manage to grow zucchs…sigh.. 🙂