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Side Dishes

Grilled Summer Squash with Basil Oil

Grilled summer squash gets a fresh herbaceous boost from a homemade basil oil in this easy side dish. Throw it on the grill with fish and your "summer on a plate" dinner can be on the table in 15 minutes. Don’t pitch any leftover basil oil — it tastes great drizzled over pasta, garlic bread, or grilled shrimp.


4 servings

Total Time

15 minutes

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Test Kitchen Tip

Blanching and shocking the basil “locks in” its bright green color. Skipping this step will result in darkly colored oil. For a smooth texture, use a blender to purée the mixture, not a food processor.


Preheat grill to high. Brush grill grate with oil.

Blanch basil in boiling water for 20 seconds. Plunge basil into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, then drain and dry on paper towels.

Purée basil in a blender, drizzling in 1 cup oil while machine is running until smooth.

Toss squash with remaining 3 Tbsp. oil to coat; season with salt and pepper. Grill squash, covered, until tender, 34 minutes per side.

Drizzle squash with basil oil.

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