Summer produce is as colorful as it is delicious. A great way to put your garden to use is to grow squash in the summer and the winter. In the sweltering heat, use bright yellow summer squash in a variety of side dishes from cheesy squash casseroles to easy squash sautés. These dishes are easy to assemble, easy to prep, and have a bright and fresh flavor.
Quick Summer Squash and Bell Pepper Gratin
You could also layer sliced tomatoes in between the onion mixture and the squash and bake a few minutes longer.
Sauteed Summer Squash with Thyme and Almonds
Cutting the squash into rather thick slices helps it retain a bit of fresh snap after it's sautéed.
Summer Squash and Chicken Chowder
This silky, veggie-forward soup is a fantastic way to use up a load of fresh summer squash. This would also work well with zucchini.
Summer Squash Ribbons with Lemon and ParmesanThe beautiful, thinly sliced ribbons of summer squash are dressed simply with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Add parmesan and a little salt and pepper, and you have an elegant summer side dish sure to impress.
Summer Squash CasseroleIn addition to yellow squash, this colorful casserole has zucchini, grated carrot, and an herb-seasoned breadcrumb topping. Water chestnuts contribute the added crunch factor.
Sautéed Squash and TomatoesCombine two kinds of summer squash—yellow squash and zucchini—with tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs and bacon for a savory side dish.
Squash CasseroleThis yellow squash casserole gets added flavor and texture from the French fried onions that are added to the buttery breadcrumb topping.
Summer Squash Carpaccio and Shaved Cheese SaladAt the farmers' market, look for aged sheep's-milk cheese; bunches of mint; and small, tender yellow and green zucchini.
Grilled Yellow Squash and Zucchini Pasta SaladMake the most of summer squash by adding both yellow squash and zucchini to a zesty pasta salad. Kalamata olives and pine nuts contribute Mediterranean flair to the dish.
Summer Squash and Zucchini Salsa
Try an innovative salsa made with savory summer squash and zucchini.
Two-Cheese Squash CasseroleCheddar and Parmesan cheese add flavor to this traditional yellow squash casserole and sour cream adds tangy creaminess.
Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and FetaCombine baby pattypan squash and leeks in this easy 5-ingredient skillet vegetable dish and season with fresh basil and feta. If you can’t find pattypan squash, you can use yellow crookneck squash.
Cheesy Squash CasseroleLighten up an old-fashioned squash casserole by using reduced-fat cheese, fat-free milk and reduced-fat margarine for a cheesy squash side dish that has only 3.4 grams of fat per serving.
Summer Squash Salad with Crispy ShallotsThis raw salad shows off the beauty of a mix of squashes. Investing a little time to salt them, which pulls out moisture, ensures that the dressing doesn't get watered down. If you have zucchini blossoms, tear a few into strips and add them as well.
Summer Squash Goat-Cheese CustardServe a savory custard as a new twist on a side dish. This squash and goat-cheese custard is made with eggs and milk and resembles a quiche without a crust.
Grilled Marinated Vegetable SaladGrill a medley of summer veggies including yellow squash, bell pepper, zucchini and green beans and marinate in a sweet and tangy mixture of honey, oil, and balsamic vinegar. It’s a great make-ahead dish for summer entertaining.
Sweet and Sour Pattypan Squash and Green BeansServe these squash-and-green bean pickles with cocktails or with grilled poultry or fish. This recipe makes four (one-pint) jars—enough to keep and give away to friends and neighbors.
Stuffed Summer SquashUse beautiful summer squash as the base for this baked dish stuffed with ground turkey, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Shaved Summer Squash SaladThis no-cook squash salad features thin slices of summer squash, ricotta salata cheese or mild feta, and squash blossoms tossed with lemon juiice and olive oil.
Summer Squash Ribbons with Oregano, Basil, and LemonShowcase the flavors of summer with this easy salad of thin strips of squash flavored with fresh herbs, olive oil and Parmesan cheese.