Sardinian Summer Squash - Obìa Olive Oil

Sardinian Summer Squash

Sardinian Summer Squash

Crocoriga Usu Trippa

One of the biggest principles of the Sardinian diet is eating seasonally - this is what contributes such a difference in the longevity and health of Sardinians. Eating fresh in-season fruits and vegetables makes a world of difference, not only for your health, but also for your tastebuds. This Sardinian recipe is perfect for a side next to a grilled fish or even as a vegetarian entree (although you may want to double it!)

Season: Summer
Sardinian Summer Squash

Prep time

10 min

Cook time

25 min


4 pers






  • 4 Medium Zucchinis
  • 8 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly-Grated Pecorino Sardo
  • 1 Sprig of Mint
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 5 Tbsp Obìa Extra-Virgin Olive Oil


Step 1

Finely dice onion, tomatoes and zucchini.

Step 2

In a large pan, sauté onions in Obìa extra virgin olive oil until translucent. 

Step 3

Add tomatoes and stir well, allow to simmer for 5 minutes. 

Step 4

Heat a large skillet (nonstick or cast-iron) or griddle over medium. Fold a sheet of paper towel in half, and moisten with oil; carefully rub skillet with oiled paper towel.

Step 5

Add the zucchini, stir, and cover with a lid for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water or oil as needed to prevent sticking.

Step 6

Garnish with fresh mint and pecorino cheese.

Our Quick Guide to The Sardinian Diet

 Are you curious about the secrets behind the long and healthy lives of the people in Sardinia, one of the world's renowned Blue Zones (1 of 5 Regions of the World With the Most Centenarians)? Look no further! In this quick guide, we'll delve into the principles of the Sardinian diet, known for its connection to longevity and wellness. Get ready to explore the flavors and benefits of this Mediterranean-inspired eating approach.

Illustration of Sardinian Family eating Sardinian Food in Countryside

Embrace Sardinian Staples

At the heart of the Sardinian diet are nutrient-rich, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Incorporate plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes into your meals. Sardinian Summer Squash, a versatile and delicious vegetarian side, is a must-try in the Sardinian diet.

Olive Oil, The Liquid Gold

Olive oil is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, and the Sardinian diet is no exception. Use high-quality extra virgin olive oil generously in your cooking and salad dressings. Its rich flavor and health-promoting properties make it a vital component of the Sardinian culinary tradition.

Focus on Seasonal Eating

Sardinians have long practiced the art of seasonal eating, and, enjoying the freshest produce each season offers. Despite imported foods being available, most Sardinians still stick to eating locally, either by growing their own produce or buying seasonal fresh produce at their local markets. By embracing this approach, you can experience the full spectrum of flavors, maximize nutritional benefits, and support local agriculture.

Mindful Portions and Slow Eating

 In Sardinia, meals are savored and enjoyed in the company of loved ones. Practice mindful eating by savoring each bite and paying attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. This approach promotes a healthier relationship with food and supports overall well-being.

Traditional Recipes

Explore traditional Sardinian recipes that have been passed down through generations. From hearty stews to fresh seafood dishes, these recipes not only delight the taste buds but also offer a glimpse into the cultural heritage and culinary traditions of the region.

The Sardinian diet offers a blueprint for healthy and mindful eating, inspired by the longevity and wellness of the Blue Zone. By incorporating Sardinian staples, embracing olive oil, focusing on seasonal eating, and savoring traditional recipes, you can nourish your body while enjoying a flavorsome journey. 

So, why not take a step towards the Sardinian way of life and discover the secrets of eating like the centenarians? Your taste buds and well-being will thank you!

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