Squash Your Summer Cravings with These Fresh Zucchini Recipes

Whether you prefer it in a sweet muffin or a savory spiralized vegetable pasta recipe, zucchini is a summer produce MVP. Stock up at the farmers market so you can enjoy grilled zucchini, summer squash pizza, zucchini brownies, and more!

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    Zucchini Pizza Tacos

    Grilled zucchini acts as the “meat” in this mash-up meal that’s part pizza, part taco, and full of fresh summer flavors like tomatoes, peppers, and fresh herbs.

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    Individual Squash Casseroles

    We know what you're thinking: A casserole in the middle of summer? You bet, when it features zucchini, mushrooms, fresh tomato marinara, plus a hint of mozzarella cheese. Just think of this simple side dish as a crustless pizza in a pot!

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    Zucchini Olive Oil Cake

    Mild extra-virgin olive oil is a heart-healthy addition to both the cake and the buttery cream cheese frosting of this summer dessert. Along with a bowl of shredded zucchini, and cake flour instead of all-purpose flour, the oil makes this layer cake’s texture divine.

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    Parmesan-Crusted Cod with Garlicky Summer Squash

    The panko-breaded cod and zucchini roast together on one sheet pan (and in 20 minutes!) for a foolproof, healthy dinner recipe that’s perfect for your busiest evenings.

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    Polenta with Eggs and Zucchini

    Tender poached eggs settle into creamy Parmesan polenta. Add a quick saute of zucchini ribbons and peppers, and you have a meal.

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    Zucchini Bread

    A cup of shredded zucchini guarantees that each bite of this quick bread recipe is super moist. The veggie’s mild flavor allows warm spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, to step into the spotlight.

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    Summer Spaghetti Salad

    For a vegetarian pasta recipe that satisfies, bulk up your carbs with spiralized squash noodles, plenty of fresh tomatoes, and toasted walnuts.

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    Gluten-Free Pizza on Zucchini-Sage Crust

    You may have tried zucchini in place of pasta, but have you tried it as a pizza crust swap? Give it a go with this gluten-free recipe that stays together thanks to egg, cornmeal, and cheddar cheese.

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    Lemony Ricotta Galette

    Galettes are known for their flaky flat crust and irresistible fillings, and this zucchini-stuffed pastry is no exception. Pair the crisp-tender veggie with three types of cheese, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil, then pop in the oven for a golden-brown appetizer.

    Zucchini Tip: Salting the zucchini helps remove excess water so you don't end up with a soggy crust.



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    Zucchini Ribbons, Pasta, and Arugula

    A plate of plain pasta and zucchini noodles is basically a blank canvas to soak up all the flavors of the peppery arugula leaves, spicy pepperoncini slices, and tangy lemon juice.

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    Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

    Whip up a flavorful frittata in just 30 minutes with the help of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. Perfect for brunch or a simple supper, the easy egg dish gains crunch from a sprinkle of chopped walnuts.


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    Grilled Zucchini Salad with Mozzarella and Dill

    Grill up a batch of zucchini for this colorful, summery salad. You'll love the addition of snipped dill, fresh mozzarella cheese, and zesty lemon juice. Pair with toasted ciabatta slices, then serve warm.

    Stove-Top Method: Cook zucchini for 6 to 8 minutes in a grill pan, turning once.

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    Ravioli, Zucchini, and Brown Butter

    Quickly saute the zucchini and pasta at home, then pack this ravioli recipe for your next picnic. It’s just as delicious eaten at room temp as it is hot off the stove!

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    Pesto Veggie Gyro

    Who says a gyro has to have meat? Grill skewers of Halloumi cheese, red sweet peppers, and zucchini, then spread with homemade pesto and stuff into fluffy flatbread for a seriously irresistible vegetarian sandwich.



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    Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Classic zucchini bread is even better with dark chocolate pieces and a rich chocolate drizzle on top. Let the loaf stand overnight before slicing so it's extra moist and delicious the next morning.

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    Corn and Zucchini Pan Souffle

    Impress at your next get-together with a delicious, airy zucchini souffle that's made with yellow corn and plenty of cheese. Top with our fresh cilantro-tomato relish and Parmesan for a praiseworthy finish.

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    Roasted Zucchini Lasagna

    Zucchini stars alongside sweet Italian sausage in this healthy twist on classic lasagna. With mozzarella, Alfredo sauce, and fresh rosemary, it's a delicious seasonal potluck bake.

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    Vegetable Pie

    Showcase your garden's finest fresh vegetables in this colorful summer pie from Trisha Yearwood. Stacked with zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and two types of gooey cheese, the savory pie can be served as both a side and main dish.


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    Lime Couscous with Summer Veggies

    Give quick-cooking couscous a burst of summer flavor with fresh-squeezed lime juice and a medley of zucchini, carrots, and green onion. Make the dinner recipe lighter by preparing the couscous with reduced-sodium chicken broth and decreasing salt to 1/2 teaspoon.


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    Zucchini-Banana Squares

    Instead of zucchini bread, try our mouthwatering chocolate zucchini-banana bars. Shredded zucchini and ripe banana make them extra moist. You'd never believe that this indulgent treat comes in at fewer than 200 calories.

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    Zucchini-Sausage Casserole

    Need a casserole that's hearty, healthy, and ready in a pinch? Zucchini, sausage, and stuffing help this crowd-pleasing meal come together in under an hour.

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    Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

    Our editors love that these sweet zucchini cupcakes work for breakfast, too. Just omit the Greek yogurt frosting and try them with a drizzle of honey. Thanks to whole wheat flour, fat-free milk, and applesauce, they're a healthy treat, too.

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    Zucchini-Wrapped Pork

    We've wrapped roasted pork tenderloin in thinly sliced zucchini strips, roasted it, and topped it with tangy pesto for a delicious dinner that's ready in just 35 minutes.

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    Spiced Nuts and Zucchini Corn Bread

    Spiced mixed nuts add just the right amount of crunch to our moist zucchini corn bread. Served warm, it's the perfect complement to any meal.

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    Farmer's Market Grilled Cheese

    You'll feel good about the fresh veggies in this quick lunch or dinner. Just layer spinach, mayonnaise, goat cheese, zucchini, and tomato on sourdough bread, then toast until golden.

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    Pesto Chicken with Zucchini

    This delicious and budget-friendly dinner comes together with just four ingredients, including crunchy broiled zucchini and basil-coated chicken breasts.

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    Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata

    Heap smoky bacon, Parmesan cheese, and spicy peppers into grilled zucchini shells for a vegetable side dish everyone will love.

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    Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes

    Mix shredded zucchini with Parmesan cheese and a handful of pantry ingredients for a batter that fries up into crispy, garden-fresh cakes.

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