Zucchini & other summer squashes

Summer Squash with Corn and Green Chiles

summer squash and corn sauté

The combination of fresh summer squash and corn, flavored with garlic and chiles, is simply delicious. This is a delightful side dish in late summer, when fresh corn and squashes are at their peak of abundance and flavor. This is good served with quesadillas or other Southwestern dishes, as well as simple bean dishes. more→

Creamy Zucchini Soup

Creamy Zucchini Soup - vegan

This tasty, creamy zucchini soup easy to prepare. Use smaller zucchini, as they’re more flavorful than large ones. It’s a perfect soup for late summer, when zucchini are in abundance. This is good served hot or chilled. more→

Zucchini Chowder

Zucchini chowder

This soup recipe is a tasty adaptation of a southwestern classic. When zucchini becomes over-abundant in the late summer garden, this is one way to use up a fair amount of it! Serve as an introduction to a southwestern-style meal of soft tacos or vegan quesadillas. more→

Almost-Raw Zucchini “Macaroni” and Cheez

raw macaroni and cheezHave you been looking for a good, easy, nearly raw macaroni and cheez recipe? As with a lot of fancier raw recipes, I regret that this one needs machines — a high speed blender to make the sauce, and a spiral slicer (I love the World Cuisine Spiral Slicer) to make “noodles” from zucchini. But if you have those in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy this dish. This is recipe says “comfort food” like raw foods rarely do. more→

Easy Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

zucchini "noodles" with peanut butter sauce

When the heat gets this intense, I try to make meals that don’t require much if any heat (even if the AC is on!). I’ve really enjoyed my spiral slicer, which makes instant “noodles” from raw zucchini. Now, don’t get me wrong — I have no problem with pasta, but in the summer heat, zucchini noodles just feel lighter. And they’re ready pretty much instantly, with a few cranks of the lever, and no heat needed. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use your favorite noodles — rice noodles, bean-thread noodles, soba, or linguini —this works with all of them. more→

Zucchini, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad

Tomato, Zucchini, and Red Onion Salad

Here’s a tasty salad to make when zucchini and tomatoes are abundant in late summer. Red onions, parsley, and olives add great flavor. I prefer Roma tomatoes in this salad, as their slices match the zucchini and they get less watery when standing, but use any ripe tomatoes you have available. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Summer Squash and Broccoli Relish Salad

Broccoli and summer squash relish salad

This simply yet tasty salad of yellow summer squash and broccoli goes well with veggie burgers, pasta dishes, and spicy grain or bean dishes. And— dare I say it—this might be just the kind of salad to entice younger eaters, helped along with the hint of sweetness from pickle relish. more→

Simple Summer Squash Sauté with Dried Tomatoes and Basil

Summer squash sauté

This easy sauté calls for zucchini and yellow summer squashes, which are available year-round, but any tender squash, such as pattypan, eight-ball zucchini, etc., may be substituted or added. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Zucchini with Zip

Zucchini with carrot and mint

Fresh mint and lemon add zest to this simple zucchini stir-fry; carrot contributes extra color. Adapted from Stir Crazy!by Susan Jane Cheney. more→

Pasta Salad with Parsley Pesto and Two Squashes

Pasta salad with parsley pesto and two squashes

This flavorful summer pasta salad, featuring zucchini and yellow summer squashes, is a good choice for a vegan/vegetarian potluck, yet easy enough to make as part of an everyday meal. It’s delicious with grilled vegetables and vegan burgers.

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Zucchini with Mint

Zucchini with mint

This simple preparation of zucchini with mint is adapted from a Sicilian classic. It’s welcome in late summer or early fall, when both are abundant. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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