The 10 Best Summer Squash and Zucchini Recipes

Posted by on Sunday Aug 28th, 2011 | Print

We love zucchini’s mild flavor, melt-in-your mouth texture, and amazing versatility. But by summer’s end, we all get a little weary of it, and the thought of throwing one more zucchini plank on the grill becomes something exciting no longer. Still, we gotta appreciate August’s bounty, even when it’s a little too bountiful. Look no further for tasty and creative ways to use up the rest of your summer squash yield.

1. Zucchini Scallion Cakes. Applying the grater is a transformative experience for a couple zucchini and scallions, on their way to becoming these latke-like bites.

2. Zucchini & Rice Gratin. The cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, and rice in this delicious baked side (or vegetarian main) do much to disguise a big portion of zucchini.

3. Creamy Zucchini Orechiette. A dash of cream goes a long way to making this simple sauté and pasta dish a satisfying summer dinner.

4. Orzo Ratatouille. The classic tomato-eggplant-zucchini combination gets a makeover with the addition of orzo and cheese, plus some time in the oven.

5. Summer Squash Angel Hair. Again with the grater! Here, we slowly sauté grated squash until it’s rich and saucy then toss it with quick-cooking angel hair and lots of cheese.

6. Grilled Ratatouille. Our second ratatouille on the list merges summer’s favorite cooking method–the grill–with its favorite veggie–yes, that’s zucchini.

7. Squash Chips with Basil and Balsamic Drizzle. Roasting thinly slicked squash makes “chips” that are slightly crispy, dense, and intensely flavored.

8. Oversized Mozzarella Arepas with Summer Veggies. A quick sauté of summer veggies, including zucchini, top these crispy, cheesy arepas to make a gluten-free, vegetarian supper.

9. Eggplant-Zucchini Lasagna. A perennial favorite, this lasagna gives both eggplant and zucchini the full Italian treatment. Tons of garlic, tomatoes, and herbs complete the beautiful baked pasta.

10. Zucchini-Fennel Slaw with Preserved Lemons and Cilantro. Our favorite summer salad, slaw, is redone with zucchini and fennel instead of regular old cabbage.

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