Zucchini and other summer squashes are abundant in backyard gardens, farmers' markets, and grocery stores this time of year. Try these recipes to use up your supply.
A bumper crop of squash can challenge the inventiveness of the most dedicated cook. Use these tasty summer veggies in pasta
dishes, soup recipes, and more.
Get fresh flavor in about five minutes with this dish. Quick-cooking baby squash (you can substitute sliced regular squash or zucchini) combines with basil and salty feta for a side that can match all sorts of dishes―try it with everything from grilled salmon to pasta.
View Recipe: Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and Feta
Though often used as a salad green, escarole benefits greatly from a quick sauté in this light main-dish salad. With white
beans for body (and a big nutritional punch), pancetta for meaty flavor, and zucchini and corn for freshness, this dish makes
a great choice for a home-cooked dinner on a busy night.
View Recipe: Sautéed Escarole, Corn, and White Bean Salad
When in season, yellow squash and zucchini grow in such abundance they're hard to use up, and even in the winter they're tasty,
readily available, and inexpensive. Take advantage with this simple, fresh soup. Fresh herbs, lemon juice, and pasta complement
the squash, while a generous topping of Parmesan adds distinctive nutty and salty notes.
View Recipe: Summer Squash Soup with Pasta and Parmesan
Crunchy, salty items are a must at any party, and these oven-fried zucchini sticks fit the bill. The Spanish-style sauce is
great on anything from chips to sandwiches to grilled seafood. It's also an easy way to sneak healthful food onto your party
menu, as Lisa did. "Seriously―make the sauce. It's easy and amazing. My husband ('not a veggie fan' is putting it mildly) ate an entire
zucchini because he kept going back for more and dunking in the sauce, which is―surprise!―more veggies.
View Recipe: Parmesan Zucchini Sticks with Smoky Roasted Romesco Sauce
With a wonderfully complex and flavorful sauce like this, the chicken and zucchini need almost no seasoning―just salt, pepper,
and the grill's flame. The salsa's combination of tangy, briny, herbal, and nutty flavors is perfect for chicken, pork, fish,
or shrimp, especially if they're grilled. To save soaking the skewers for a half an hour, use metal ones instead of wood.
View Recipe: Spiedini of Chicken and Zucchini with Almond Salsa Verde
Summery vegetables, protein-packed eggs, and melty cheese combine in this breakfast designed to sustain a hardworking rancher
all morning. This recipe is hearty enough for dinner, and also makes an excellent brunch entrée, but still has less than 250
calories per serving.
View Recipe: Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini and Green Pepper
You can use all zucchini or yellow squash for this grilled pie. Serve one slice as an appetizer or two with a salad for a
View Recipe: Summer Squash Pizza
Cumin is a key spice for authentic Mexican flavor, used here to flavor chicken, corn, and zucchini atop crisp broiled tortillas
with Monterey Jack cheese. The recipe only takes about 15 minutes, but you can shave even more time by skipping the broiling
step and serving as soft tacos instead. Serve with extra salsa and sour cream, and add your favorite variety of beans―black,
pinto, or refried―as a side.
View Recipe: Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas
This dish looks gorgeous on the plate, but it's super-simple: Shave ribbons of squash with a vegetable peeler and sauté with
onion and garlic for four minutes. The same ribbon technique will also work with zucchini or large carrots in this dish. If
you have fresh herbs like parsley, oregano, or thyme, sprinkle a bit on top at the end for a fresh zing.
View Recipe: Yellow Squash Ribbons with Red Onion and Parmesan
The oven-ready noodles and bottled sauce make this a quick recipe to put together.
Tip: Summer squash's mild taste and cool flavor make it a perfect for blending with other ingredients. Look for firm squash with little blemishing; refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to three days.
View Recipe: Zucchini and Basil Lasagna
Fill this homemade pie crust with a mixture of summer squash, bacon and creamy mozzarella. It is hard to believe this decadent
quiche recipe has less than 300 calories.
View Recipe: Summer Squash, Bacon, and Mozzarella Quiche
A healthier version of a family dinner classic, these pan-fried croquettes will get the kids to eat squash. Make sure to drain
the steamed squash well for cohesive patties.
View Recipe: Summer Squash Croquettes
This moist and cake-like chocolate chip zucchini bread is the perfect way to make sure you are eating your vegetables but
still enjoying a sweet treat.
View Recipe: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread