12 Light and Easy Summer Squash Recipes

Who knew you could make pickles out of this warm-weather staple?!


Incorporate your favorite summertime veggie into every meal — yep, breakfast too — with recipes that won't weigh you down as the temps rise. Compared to their winter counterparts, summer squash (harvested before maturity) have thinner, edible skins, are slightly sweet and come in all different shapes and sizes.

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summer squash salad with herbs and quinoa Dana Gallagher
Summer Squash Salad with Herbs and Quinoa

Whole-grain mustard and lemon juice give this vegan squash and quinoa salad a little something extra.

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Cookie and Kate
Creamy Cherry Tomato Summer Squash Pasta

With just one ounce of goat cheese, this summer pasta dish is the perfect balance between creamy and light.

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Cooking Classy
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes

With just the right amount of Parm, this veggie side pairs perfectly with virtually any summer main.

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Noming Thru Life
Grilled Summer Squash Sandwiches

Break out the grill to perfectly blacken tomatoes and summer squash — and throw the buns on to toast to enhance that charred flavor.

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Judy Kim
Pesto Spaghetti with Summer Squash

Pesto and tomatoes are a match made in heaven — add a glass of rosé and you're set.

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A Farm Girl's Dabbles
Spicy Squash Refrigerator Pickles

Grab your mason jars and vinegar — make your own pickles with summer squash to serve alongside burgers and sammies.

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Creative Culinary
Lemony Summer Squash Bread

Yep, this handy veggie does it all — even dessert bread.

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This Mess is Ours
Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette

On a flaky (gluten-free!) pie crust, over a healthy spread of ricotta cheese, thinly sliced summer squash makes the perfect galette topping.

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Clean Food Crush
Summer Squash Noodles

Grab that spiralizer — time to make some zoodles, people!

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Naturally Ella
Summer Squash Soup

This squash and potato purée, flavored with turmeric, cinnamon and coriander, is served hot — but would be just as tasty (and more refreshing) chilled.

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How Sweet Eats
Roasted Summer Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is appropriate for every season, of course, but a healthy serving of summer squash, avocado and balsamic vinegar bring the family-favorite into summer.

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Mountain Mama Cooks
Grilled Summer Squash Tacos

Meat, who? These vegetarian tacos, sprinkled with cilantro, red onion and cojita cheese, are just as satisfying as a beef, chicken or fish variety.

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