5 Zucchini Surprises

This delicious, mild summer squash tends to keep on giving once harvest season begins. Discover five fresh ways to make use of this garden favorite.

  • Zucchini-Lemon Muffins
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

    Zucchini-Lemon Muffins

    Want to know a secret? Zucchini is so mild, it's the perfect veggie to sneak into your kids' meals. In this recipe, shredded zucchini is stirred into muffin  batter, providing plenty of vitamins A & C without making a fuss. Grated lemon rind and a little sugar keep these muffins delightfully light, fresh, and irresistible.

  • Summer Squash Frittata
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Summer Squash Frittata

    This dish is a wonderful way to cook using what you've already got on hand. Simply sauté garden-fresh zucchini, summer squash, and onions, then whisk in lightly beaten eggs and sour cream. The result is a light (yet substantial) and moist frittata that's chock full of healthy veggies. A sprinkling of fresh basil adds a hint of sweetness and a taste of summer with each bite. This frittata is fantastic warm or cold and can be served with tomato sauce or salsa.

  • Chilled Zucchini Soup with Fresh Vegetable Salsa
    Photo: J. Savage Gibson; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill

    Chilled Zucchini Soup with Fresh Vegetable Salsa

    Cool off on hot summer days with a chilled soup  made from coarsely chopped zucchini. This recipe gets a kick from purple and green onions and tang from creamy sour cream and buttermilk. Blended together, you have a cool, satisfying summer soup—garnish with fresh vegetable salsa for an extra burst of flavor.

  • Zucchini Casserole with Red-Pepper Aioli
    Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir

    Zucchini Casserole with Red-Pepper Aioli

    Casseroles are a delicious way to enjoy a number of fresh vegetables, and this zucchini version is no different. Layer your sliced veggies with mozzarella cheese in a casserole dish and serve with crusty Italian bread drizzled with a sweet, tangy, and creamy red-pepper aioli. Bellissimo!


  • Ravioli with Roasted Zucchini
    Photo: James Baigrie

    Ravioli with Roasted Zucchini

    In this dish, thin zucchini slices are roasted with spicy red chile flakes, salty Parmesan cheese, and pungent garlic until the flavors infuse every bite. This veggie mixture is then tossed with cheese ravioli, creating a super-light—yet unbelievably satisfying—summer pasta dish.

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