40 Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

First things first: Buy a spiralizer ASAP.

zucchini recipes
Mike Garten

Question: Is there anything more versatile than zucchini? Answer: Not quite. Come summertime, ditch the heavy carbs and opt for a lighter, flavor-packed healthy zucchini meal, including pasta, cookies, salads, pizza and more.

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grilled ratatouille linguine
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Grilled Ratatouille Linguine

This pasta dish is practically a salad (key word: practically).

Get the recipe for Grilled Ratatouille Linguine »

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shrimp curry potstickers
Mike Garten
Shrimp Curry Potstickers

Bring on the flavor — and the heat — with a homemade Thai Lime Dipping Sauce.

Get the recipe at Shrimp Curry Potstickers »

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grilled veggies with honey-thyme vinaigrette
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Add color to your plate with this grilled vegetable medley, topped with a sweet vinaigrette.

Get the recipe for Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette »

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zucchini tots zucchini recipes
Mike Garten
Zucchini Tots

Who needs potatoes when you've got cheesy zucchini tots? These crispy bites are a healthier way to satisfy your comfort food craving.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Tots »

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sweet and salty zucchini cookies
Mike Garten
Sweet & Salty Zucchini Bread Cookies

When all else fails, turn that zucchini bounty into a big batch of chocolate chip cookies. (No, we're not kidding!)

Get the recipe for Sweet & Salty Zucchini Bread Cookies »

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Mike Garten
Pesto Pasta

This vegetable medley pasta dish — starring peppers, corn, yellow squash and zucchini — makes a perfectly light summer meal.

Get the recipe for Summer Pesto Pasta »

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Mike Garten
Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

Zucchini, jalapeño, and pecorino cheese are a must for any grilled pizza recipe.

Get the recipe for Mario Batali's Grilled Pizza »

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spaghetti zucchini
Danielle Occhiogrosso
Creamy Spaghetti and Zoodles

Why choose between zucchini noodles and pasta when you can have both? Top it with a creamy garlic-rosemary sauce and you've got an easy weeknight staple.

Get the recipe for Creamy Spaghetti and Zoodles »

What you'll need: veggie spiralizer ($30, )

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summer veggie rolls
Mike Garten
Summer Veggie Rolls

No, you don't need to be a professionally-trained sushi chef to put these "rolls" together. You just need to be someone with a vegetable peeler.

Get the recipe for Summer Veggie Rolls »

What you'll need: vegetable peeler ($8, )

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Con Poulos
Zucchini "Pasta" Caprese

Enjoy oodles of noodles plus all your favorite pasta fis —guilt-free! The secret? Subbing in spiralized veggies.

Get the recipe for Zucchini "Pasta" Caprese »

What you'll need: veggie spiralizer ($30, )

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Con Poulos
Corn and Herb-Stuffed Zucchini

Serve your summery sides inside hollowed-out zucchini halves and earn major presentation points.

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asian sesame zucchini noodles
Mike Garten
Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Transform spiralized zucchini into the "pasta" salad of your dreams — just toss with cilantro, vinegar, oil, garlic, and red pepper.

Get the recipe for Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles »

What you'll need: veggie spiralizer ($30, )

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shrimp and zucchini scampi
Mike Garten
Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi

Ten minutes, six ingredients — this is the #1 recipe you need to add to your weeknight rotation.

Get the recipe for Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi »

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zucchini bread
Elizabeth Griffin
Zucchini Bread

Whenever you find yourself with a ton of zucchini, grab a grater and bake up a loaf of sweet zucchini bread.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Bread »

What you'll need: grater ($10, )

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squash gratin
Mike Garten
Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

This cheesy, cozy gratin is made with layers of zucchini and summer squash instead of potatoes. So, go ahead and treat yourself to seconds ... and thirds.

Get the recipe for Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin »

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caesar pasta salad
Anna Williams
Caesar Pasta Salad

This crowd-pleasing pasta salad may just become your new picnic go-to.

Get the recipe for Caesar Pasta Salad »

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zucchini recipes
Mike Garten
Summer Veggie Kaboom Kabobs

Use a to slice zucchs into ribbons before threading them onto skewers.

Get the recipe for Summer Veggie Kaboom Kabobs »

What you'll need: vegetable peeler ($12, )

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linguine with tuna and chiles
Mike Garten
Linguine with Tuna and Chiles

Pasta feels 100% more summer-apropos when it's packed with fresh veggies like zucchini, chiles, and mushrooms.

Get the recipe for Linguine with Tuna and Chiles »

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sausage-stuffed zucchini boats
Mike Garten
Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Consider this dish your carb-free alternative to decadent stuffed shells.

Get the recipe for Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats »

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mediterranean poached eggs with quinoa
Mike Garten
Mediterranean Poached Eggs with Quinoa

Serve up this satisfying main for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We won't blame you for wanting to indulge all day long.

Get the recipe for Mediterranean Poached Eggs with Quinoa »

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warm pasta salad with salmon
Yossy Arefi
Warm Pasta Salad With Salmon

Not a fish fan? This nutritional, colorful pasta side works with chicken too.

Get the recipe for Warm Pasta Salad With Salmon »

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veggie skillet lasagna
Mike Garten
Veggie Skillet Lasagna

Take a look at the oozing cheese, bright red sauce, and fresh basil. How can you not?

Get the recipe for Veggie Skillet Lasagna »

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rainbow veggie kabobs
Mike Garten
Rainbow Veggie Kabobs

Burgers, dogs and steaks are so brown. Add a much-needed pop of color to your grill with these best-of-the-season vegetable kabobs.

Get the recipe for Rainbow Veggie Kabobs »

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pizza zucchini recipes
Kate Mathis
Pizza with Zucchini

Grilled pizza has an airy texture and smoky flavor. To create the ultimate summer combo, top the grilled dough with charred zucchini, fresh ricotta, and homegrown basil.

Get the recipe for Pizza with Zucchini »

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swordfish summer salad
Mike Garten
Swordfish with Summer Salad

Flavored with fresh mint and bright lime juice, this seasonal side makes the perfect accompaniment to everything from grilled chicken to swordfish skewers.

Get the recipe for Swordfish with Summer Salad »

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deep dish veggie supreme pizza
Mike Garten
Deep-Dish Veggie Supreme Pizza

Take a cue from the Windy City! This Chicago-style pizza has all the crust, plus roasted peppers, shiitake mushrooms, and sliced zucchini to boot.

]Get the recipe for Deep-Dish Veggie Supreme Pizza »

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carrot and zucchini ribbons
Kate Mathis
Carrot and Zucchini Ribbons

These gorgeous carrot and zucchini ribbons are the perfect sidekick for all of your grilled mains.

Get the recipe for Carrot and Zucchini Ribbons »

What you'll need: vegetable peeler ($8, )

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mediterranean cod
Mike Garten
Mediterranean Cod

Less than 350 calories per serving, this easy and delicious dinner is the perfect precursor to dessert.

Get the recipe for Mediterranean Cod »

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zucchini and ham ribbons
Kate Mathis
Zucchini and Ham Ribbons

Who wants to spend their summer cooking in a hot kitchen? Not us. That's why we'll be making this easy and fresh salad every night.

Get the recipe for Zucchini and Ham Ribbons »

What you'll need: vegetable peeler ($8, )

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chutney glazed shrimp with lentils
Emily Kate Roemer
Chutney-Glazed Shrimp with Lentils

Thanks to low-cal shrimp, this easy dinner clocks in at less than 500 delicious calories.

Get the recipe for Chutney-Glazed Shrimp with Lentils »

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