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?
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).
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of one lemon
2 tsp Dijon mustard
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
dill to taste