19 Summer Squash Recipes We Bet You've Never Tried
Guess what? Summer squash season is upon us. And while our go-to preparation is roasting it in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper, we’ll be the first to admit that eating it plain can get a little boring. Here, 19 summer squash recipes you'll want to make over and over.
1. Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil
When the weather gets warm, spaghetti and meatballs just aren't cutting it. Serve this hearty one-pan pasta meal, which is shockingly ready in only 30 minutes. Bonus points if you eat it on the deck.
2. Wild Alaska Salmon and Summer Squash Kebabs
Nothing screams summer like food on a stick. (Right?) But you don’t necessarily have to use your grill to make awesome skewers. All you have to do is fire up a skillet and dinner’s done in 25 minutes.
3. Zucchini and Tomato Ragù
Presenting ratatouille's chic Italian cousin. The simple dish shines with summer veggies. Eat it in a bowl for a quick lunch, serve it as a side dish with grilled meat or add a poached egg and call it breakfast.
4. Mediterranean Chicken and Summer Squash Noodles with fried Halloumi
Life is all about balance, so you have our permission to eat spiralized summer squash with a big helping of fried cheese.
5. Easy One-Pan Ratatouille
While the traditional version is slow-cooked on the stove, this one is delightfully hands-off. It’s healthy yet hearty, comes together in less than an hour and looks très impressive with a glass of white wine.
7. Spiralized Summer Squash Casserole with Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
Roast squash in a cheesy sauce until it’s tender and crisp, then top everything off with gluten-free breadcrumbs. The results? The ultimate casserole that tastes indulgent but won’t weigh you down. (Thanks, Coterie member Ali Maffucci.)
9. Spiced Summer Squash Quickbread
You can transform carrots and zucchini into bread. Why not summer squash? Enter a lightly sweetened, moist recipe that’ll keep you coming back for thirds.
10. Sheet Pan Summer Vegetables and Chicken
Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this one-pan dinner, seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, pepper and Italian spices. Only one question remains: Hey, can we come over?
11. Minestrone Soup
Light, summery dishes are lovely, but sometimes we crave something heartier and more comforting. Enter this easy minestrone recipe. Eating a bowl is like curling up underneath a warm blanket.
12. Baked Green Chilaquiles with Sweet Corn and Summer Squash
Homemade tortilla chips coated in tomatillo salsa and tossed with summer squash and corn make a cozy nest for baked eggs and cheese.
13. Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette
This galette is great hot, at room temperature or even cold. You can serve it for any meal of the day and even pack the leftovers in lunch boxes.
14. Grilled Garlic Herb Zucchini
Salad? Yawn. Here's a way more interesting app. One part zucchini, one part summer squash, this simple summer dish is dressed with plenty of fresh herbs and olive oil.
15. Basil and Mint Yellow Squash Spiralized Salad
A dish that's Paleo, gluten-free and vegan without even trying. Combine all the raw ingredients in a bowl, toss to coat with dressing and you’re done.
16. Easy Indian-Inspired Kitchari Bowls
Lentils plus tummy-settling vegetables like summer squash make this easy, Indian-inspired stew just the dish you need when you’re feeling under the weather.
17. Summer Squash Lemon Spaghetti
Buttery noodles, garlic, summer squash, Parmesan breadcrumbs and a squeeze of lemon. It's the light and easy dish you're craving on a warm summer day.
18. Creamy Zucchini Squash Casserole
One of those recipes you’d swear involves cheese because it comes out so creamy. Surprise, there isn’t any…though there is some sour cream and butter. Because we’ve all got to live a little.
19. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers
Raise your hand if you’ve ever attempted to grill a veggie skewer and totally burned it. That's because when you cook a bunch of different vegetables on the same kebab, they’ll cook unevenly. These rainbow vegetable skewers feature only one ingredient each, making your job so much easier.