Are you growing zucchini, but also growing tired of eating it? Or are you simply looking for some interesting and different ways to use zucchini? Then this post full of zucchini recipes is for you!
I love zucchini and summer squash, but it can admittedly get a bit boring if it’s prepared the same few ways all summer long. It can also become overwhelming if your garden is pumping out pounds and pounds of it. Yet with its mild flavor and texture, zucchini is one of the most versatile veggies out there! You just have to be creative. So, read along and get inspired to try something new with 13 delicious vegetarian and vegan zucchini recipe ideas.
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Ways to Prepare Zucchini
Before we jump into the recipes, let’s quickly discuss some ways you can prepare and use zucchini in general. After all, we honestly don’t follow exact recipes all that often. Perhaps you’re the same?
Our go-to way to eat zucchini is lightly sautéed or stir-fried with olive oil or butter, salt, pepper, and some garlic or onion (and usually other seasonal veggies too). The key is to not overcook it so it doesn’t become mush. Zucchini is also wonderful grilled, either cut into rounds and added to a skewer or long slices right on the grill. I also really enjoy raw zucchini, such as sliced and served with dips, or turned into zoodles for a cold zucchini salad. Of course it can also be baked or roasted as well.
One awesome way to use up a lot of zucchini is to add it to soups. We make large batches of veggie-loaded soups all year long, and freeze extras in these reusable BPA-free quart containers to enjoy as quick and easy meals later. Zucchini can also be frozen raw, prepped and ready to use in future zucchini bread, soups, stews or chili. Check out this guide for tips on freezing zucchini.
13 Zucchini Recipe Ideas
1) Zoodles with Pesto
Of all the zucchini recipes on the list, we eat this one the most often. Zoodles are a fantastic low-carb alternative to pasta (Type 1 diabetic here), and with the assistance of a spiralizer, are very quick and easy to prepare! You can substitute zoodles in any recipe that calls for noodles, and enjoy them raw or cooked.
Zucchini noodles are excellent with classic tomato sauce, as a cold salad with nuts, green onion, grated carrots and an Asian-style dressing, or our personal favorite: zoodles served with garden pesto, fresh tomatoes, black beans (because protein), and sourdough focaccia.
2) Zucchini “Ravioli”
Y’all know Half Baked Harvest, right? Teighan’s recipes always look fantastically scrumptious, and these pesto-stuffed zucchini raviolis are no exception. Despite the name, the recipe doesn’t include any pasta. Rather, thinly-sliced zucchini becomes the “ravioli” shell to hold the creamy filling. Even without the whole tomatoes, I’d be keen on dumping some of our simple roasted tomato sauce in the dish around the raviolis instead.
3) Zucchini and Walnut Sourdough Bread
Zucchini breads are a fun and tasty way to “sneak” more veggies into your diet. And while sweet zucchini breads definitely have their place and time (next in line below), I’m all about the savory! Please enjoy our rustic zucchini and walnut sourdough bread recipe. It’s moist, fluffy, chewy, and even more nutritious than regular sourdough!
4) Sweet Zucchini Breads
Looking for something more sweet than our zucchini sourdough? Try this highly-popular chocolate zucchini bread recipe from Allrecipes. Or check out Bakertia’s chocolate chunk zucchini bread; it’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly! Finally, if you’re not into chocolate or paleo recipes, pop over to this classic zucchini bread recipe from The Wholesome Dish.
5) Zucchini Fritters
Here’s another one of our in-house zucchini recipes. These parmesan zucchini fritters are so fun and flavorful. Kiddos love them, and they’re even good as cold leftovers! The fritters are fluffy, moist, browned to perfection on the outside, and soft on the inside. Reminiscent of hash browns – but less carbs, and with cheese! I highly recommend serving them with our healthy dill, garlic, and lemon yogurt sauce.
6) Zucchini Relish
Looking to preserve some of your zucchini harvest? Try this zesty zucchini relish recipe from Ball Canning! I admit we haven’t made zucchini relish ourselves (yet) but had a jar gifted from a friend – and it was SO good! Zucchini relish goes great with veggie burgers, hot dogs, mixed into deviled eggs or salads (like potato, pasta or egg salad) and other grilled summer meals.
7) Squash Skillet Casserole
I just saw this creamy crunchy squash skillet recipe from Must Love Herbs on Instagram the other day, and knew it needed to be included in this zucchini recipe round-up. She calls it a casserole, though it instantly reminded me of au gratin potatoes (but with zucchini instead). Yum! Either way, it’s safe to say I will definitely be making this soon.
8) Stuffed Squash or “Zucchini Boats”
Squash grows really fast, and has the ability to get HUGE seemingly overnight. Overgrown squash has the tendency to get a bit seedy and tough, but that doesn’t mean it needs to go to waste. In fact, I purposely allow a few zucchini to grow extra large every season – just so we can make stuffed squash! There are dozens of recipes out there, but I hope you thoroughly enjoy our fiesta-style stuffed zucchini recipe with wild rice and black beans. It’s wonderful topped with cheese and fresh cilantro.
9) Zucchini Risotto with Roasted Tomatoes
My friend Jackie from the Vegan Yack Attack is making me drool over her summery zucchini risotto with roasted tomatoes. The dish is hearty, delicious and ultra-comforting. As her blog name suggests, this zucchini recipe is also vegan, though it’s easy to swap around ingredients if you prefer dairy in your risotto!
10) Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
We tried to make zucchini chips in our food dehydrator once, and they didn’t get crisp enough for my liking. On the other hand, these air fryer zucchini chips from Michelle at Healthier Steps look super crispy – and delicious! They’re lightly breaded, perfectly seasoned, vegan, low-carb, paleo and gluten-free! Or if you’re into a more classic option, try these zucchini chips complete with parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs and a sour cream dip.
11) Zucchini Pickles
Here’s another preserved zucchini recipe idea: pickled zucchini. They’re admittedly not *quite* as crunchy as cucumber pickles, but they’re still zesty and delicious! If you’re interested in canning, I suggest using this well-rated zucchini pickles recipe from All Recipes. Otherwise, you could try these popular and easy refrigerator zucchini pickles from Valerie’s Kitchen.
12) Vegetarian Lasagna
I mean, who doesn’t love a good lasagna? I honestly haven’t had it in a long time, but between all the squash, basil, carrots and eggplant we’re currently harvesting from the garden, I think we’re going to make some this weekend! We have our sights set on this vegetarian lasagna recipe from the Cookie and Kate. It’s easy to modify and use whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand. Plus, it’s a great way to use our favorite homegrown roasted tomato sauce!
13) Zucchini Greek Salad
Let’s end on a light, fresh, extra-healthy note with a Greek-inspired zucchini salad. The recipe calls for raw zucchini, so the salad comes together in minutes! The kalamata olives, red onion, parsley, fresh lemon and feta cheese offer bright and savory flavors, while the chickpeas provide a nice punch of protein. According to the author, the salad stores and travels well, so it’d be a good one to make ahead or share!
And that concludes this round-up of zucchini recipes!
As you can see, there are SO many tasty and creative ways to use zucchini – and endless recipes out there to try! This is literally just the tip of the squash-berg. Putting together this list of zucchini recipes for you honestly made me SO excited for our next bumper crop of squash… something I’m not usually so stoked about by July. 😂 I want to make and eat it all. I hope you also found a few zucchini recipes you’re excited to try! Please add any of your favorite summer squash recipes in the comments below.
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