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35 BEST Summer Squash Recipes

35 BEST Summer Squash Recipes

Are you in search of summer squash recipes to try this season? Look no further! We’ve curated 35 splendid ways to add summer squash to your meals!

Summer squash is an entire family of yellow and green squashes harvested in the warm months. 

There are also popular varieties like the green zucchini and yellow squash, which you can find in your local grocer’s all year long. 

With a lot of varieties to choose from, you’ll find there are plenty of creative techniques to enjoy this fruit (surprise!)

From its playful shapes and sizes to its mild to sweet, sometimes nutty flavor, we can’t help but experiment with this food in the kitchen. 

Of course, we won’t miss out on salads and casseroles. 

But this list also includes exciting things to attempt making, like the Summer Squash Pizza, Tarte Flambée With Summer Squash, and the Summer Squash Muffins

If you’ve only eaten this food raw or in salads, #25 will surely surprise you.

These concoctions will have you heading out to the farmer’s market filled with excitement over trying out new ways to enjoy tender, buttery smooth–or crisp, if you want–summer squashes. 

Without further ado, let’s bring out our refreshing contenders.

Best served warm; these delectable appetizers are melt-in-your-mouth good.

On top, it’s chewy and has a touch of crunch to it. 

The bottom is soft and oh-so-creamy!

These finger foods are excellent to serve at potlucks and game nights. 

It’s a marvelous way to use up a gigantic squash, too.

Serve this beautiful dish to friends, and you’ll earn their praises.

It tastes as succulent as it looks–and pleasing to the eyes, too.

The salad mixed with almonds, mint, and tomatoes combines textures and tastes that delight our tastebuds. 

It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Enjoy thick bites of this collection’s highlight food in this pretty display of colors. 

It’s a refreshing fusion of fresh-from-the-garden choices. 

Radishes and tomatoes perfectly complement the juiciness of our star ingredient. 

Add the corn and some Romano cheese, and you have a light lunch to enjoy with a friend on the patio. 

While some recipes specify a particular type of summer squash–like yellow squash or zucchini–there are ones that allow more flexibility, like this one.

Pan-roast your variety and enjoy them in a bowl with grapes, hazelnut, Greek yogurt, and a blend of spices.

The homemade red harissa vinaigrette perfectly kicks things up a notch.

Different varieties of summer squash combine well together. 

Mixed squashes cut into cubes lend the perfect bite to this seafood broth. 

The soup offers an umami taste that pairs well with a few baguette slices. 

You’ll enjoy a lovely dinner with this recipe.

These muffin-like hors d’oeuvres are great to make on any day of the week.

You can easily find the ingredients year-round as it calls for the yellow squash and zucchini varieties. 

The shredded squash has a buttery softness that pairs well with the blend of cheeses in this recipe. 

For those carefree days when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen making lunch preparations, try this quick side dish. 

It’s a light and refreshing bowl of beans, tomatoes, and succulent squash. 

It’s a great way to use up a variety of long summer squashes with minimal effort to make it.

This pizza-style version of the French is a beautiful base for fresh summer squash. 

It’s crisp on the bottom and soft and cheesy on top. 

It blankets the squash in a layer of cream, cheese, caramelized onions, and browned bacon bits–yum!

Relish this side dish of crunchy, herby goodness with any sandwiches and burgers. 

One tip for equally-tasty deep-fried summer squashes is to cut them in uniform sizes. 

Salting the fries a few minutes before frying also helps to avoid soggy fries.

Is your garden overflowing with summer vegetables? 

A lot of these veggies go well together when cut and sautéd quickly over high heat. 

The result is a cheery and juicy side dish that pairs well with tacos, sandwiches, and rice.

Level up a plain summer squash with techniques to enhance its flavor. 

First, grilling it would decrease its moisture content and envelop it in a charred taste and aroma.

The sauce transforms the dish into something more delicious in a breeze. 

Add additional texture with toasted pine nuts and enjoy while warm.

Have you ever tried incorporating veggies or fruit into bread? 

This recipe is surprisingly versatile and works with a variety of spreads. 

You can also enjoy a loaf with a fruity wine–perfect for a weekend in the great outdoors.

The vegan restaurant It’s Only Natural (I.O.N.) shared a recipe they serve to customers at Middletown.

Thin strands of summer squash and onions are an excellent base for this quick salad or side dish. 

The spicy-sour marinade is a tenderizer and flavor enhancer to this no-fuss fare.

If you enjoy pasta without sauce, this dish will excite you. 

It’s a colorful mix of herbs and vegetables with pappardelle egg noodles. 

Season well and combine with olive oil for an enjoyable dinner.

When you have a few pounds of summer squash in your garden, you can whip up a tasty casserole you can take to potluck parties

The deliciously creamy filling is the perfect compliment to soft squash. 

A plate of this pairs well with meat dishes, too.

Local farmer markets sometimes feature chefs and home cooks on how they would create fantastic meals out of fresh farm finds. 

This chef-shared recipe is a great way to enjoy large, thin slices of summer squash.

Toss in the garlic barbecue sauce and a unique filling for tortillas and other wraps.

Try a new topping for pizza!

Choose the small, young pattypan squash that’s a tad sweeter variety perfect for the garnish. 

Experimenting with an assortment of veggies will surprise you at what goes well on top of this Italian fare.

This easy-to-prepare recipe packs the delightful flavors of summer.

Take it to picnics and family affairs, being mindful of taking some for the others, too. 

The sandwich makes the most of seasonal vegetables and fruits, resulting in crunchy-zesty-creamy goodness you’ll love.

If you’re looking for a comforting side dish to take to group events, this dish won’t embarrass you. 

It’s laden with garam masala and flavored with a few other spices like cumin, cayenne, and turmeric powder. 

It has a lovely holiday feel to it that warms up family and friend get-togethers.

A mom shared a quick lunch recipe that even kids will love. 

Having a plate of this pasta feels like giving yourself a break while enjoying the air outside on the patio. 

Savor it with a glass of wine and some good company.

The elements that make up the perfect summer squash–crispy skin, soft and slightly sweet core–are just the perfect complement to chicken wraps. 

Season with spicy blends so you won’t have to gorge on a bland fajita.

You can also add some sour cream for a creamy filling.

Small summer squashes are often sweeter than larger ones, which is why it’s the best choice for this recipe. 

This casserole adds the mild kick of anaheim peppers for a flavorful and colorful one-pan dish.

Try this main meal with a tossed salad on the side–you can use some of our recipes here.

This main dish doesn’t overlook simple ingredients.

Delight in carbs with a heaping mix of refreshing veggies.

Now, this is one recipe you can teach the young adults off to college or moving out of the family home so they can enjoy a good home-cooked meal.

Savor this Italian’s take on cornmeal porridge with fresh farm goods. 

The bowl is complete with a heaping serving of greens and beans with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes–eccellente!

Serve your guests this delightful appetizer made with an unexpected ingredient abundant in the warmer months. 

Summer and spring events are a great excuse to bring out this flatbread or pizzetta recipe that people will undoubtedly be asking for after they have a few bites.

Once you prepare a taco with this recipe for a weekend brunch, you’d want to whip up an extra batch or two to take to your next get-together. 

This Mexican-inspired fare is an assembly of the usual fillings, charred vegetables, and a pleasant surprise with refreshing summer squash.

This one-pan gratin will be the highlight course your family will look forward to this weekend. 

It has a nice balance of creaminess and crunch of the straight yellow neck or yellow zucchini and some bell peppers too.

Sneak some shredded summer squash (with skin) into this sweet snack.

Little ones won’t even notice this secret ingredient. 

The familiar flavors of applesauce and cinnamon make this recipe kid-friendly.

Restaurateur and chef Thomas McNaughton shared this no-sauce version of pizza.

Select cheeses, soft and succulent summer squashes and a few arugula leaves made this a delectable appetizer that’s great to serve at parties.

Veggies for breakfast or brunch?

You can with this one-pan skillet!

The flavorful dish tickles the palate with nutmeg, parsley, scallions, and jalapeños, with a layer of tender summer squashes nestled in its midst.

Grilled fish meals call for a zesty salad with crispy textures–something this recipe does so well

Herbed lemon vinaigrette, feta cheese, and pine nuts complete this refreshing light side.

When you find an excellent quality yellow squash with its bright, glossy skin, you’ll want to buy several small or medium-sized ones to make into this dish. 

The recipe is straightforward and has an excellent balance of textures that will bring you back for more servings.

Oven-roasted delicate pieces of this seasonal find make a fantastic swap for a bag of chips. 

It will surely be your go-to recipe the next time you have a few extra squashes that you need to use up before it goes bad. 

It’s a crowd pleaser, so bring a couple of batches at your next picnic.

Here’s a mouthwatering antipasto perfect for taking to outdoor events. 

Pescetarians will undoubtedly grab a few colorful skewers, so be prepared to share your recipe.

The softness of young summer squashes makes it an excellent ingredient for a moist, sweet loaf.

Best served warm, you’ll love the aroma of this kids-approved meal.

The bottom line

If you’ve never tried adding summer squash to sweets and casseroles, you’ll be surprised with a couple of recipes on this list. 

Its texture and neutral taste also make it the perfect experimental ingredient that adds a cool twist to typical recipes–like pasta and pizza. 

You’ll find that summer squash works well with cheesy, tomato-based, herby, garlicky, and even sweet dishes. 

Versatility is indeed one of its advantages. 

One thing to remember is to go for the younger variety for its taste and texture.

You can get away with the more mature ones if you make chips. 

Now let’s get cooking and start feasting on these delectable recipes

BEST Summer Squash Recipes

BEST Summer Squash Recipes

Are you in search of summer squash recipes to try this season? Look no further! We’ve curated 35 splendid ways to add summer squash to your meals!


  • Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash Rounds
  • Shaved Summer Squash
  • Summer Squash & Tomato Salad
  • Roasted Summer Squash With Greek Yogurt & Red Harissa
  • Clams With Late Summer Squash
  • Squash Appetizer Cups
  • Italian Summer Squash
  • Tarte Flambée With Summer Squash
  • Baked Garlic Parmesan Zucchini & Summer Squash Fries
  • Summer Squash Sauté
  • Grilled Summer Squash With Pesto Mayo
  • Summer Squash Loaf With Pancetta Goat’s Cheese & Caraway
  • O.N. Restaurant’s Summer Squash
  • Summer Squash Pasta Salad
  • Summer Squash Casserole
  • Grilled Summer Squash On Tortilla
  • Summer Squash Pizza
  • Summer Squash Sandwich
  • Zucchini Curry Indian
  • Summer Squash & Basil Pasta
  • Chicken & Summer Squash Fajitas
  • Pulled Chicken & Summer Squash Casserole
  • Spaghetti With Roasted Summer Squash
  • Polenta Bowl With Garlicky Summer Squash & Kale
  • Goat Cheese & Summer Squash Tart
  • Soft Tacos With Summer Squash
  • Summer Squash Tomato Gratin
  • Summer Squash Muffins
  • Summer Squash-&-Arugula Pizza With Fontina Cheese
  • Skillet Eggs With Squash
  • Summer Squash Salad With Lemon Citronette
  • Sautéed Yellow Squash
  • Roasted Summer Squash
  • Wild Alaska Salmon & Summer Squash Kebabs
  • Spiced Summer Squash & Apple Bread


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