What to make with too much zucchini? This list of delicious zucchini recipes is all you need! Everything from zucchini dinner recipes, apps, sides and more!
A staple Mediterranean diet ingredient, zucchini boast some great benefits. It is high in antioxidants, rich in nutrients and vitamins including vitamins A and C, and because of the high water and fiber content, it also promotes healthy digestion by reducing your risk of constipation and symptoms of various gut disease.
Right around mid July, the gardens and the markets are abundant with zucchini, and if you're one of the lucky ones who ended up with a few too many zucchinis, it's time to put them to good use!
What can I do with too much zucchini?
Zucchini is a versatile ingredient that you can eat raw in a salad or sliced and dipped in tzatziki sauce or hummus. You can cook zucchini many different ways: baked, grilled, sautéed in a pan with a bit of olive oil, roasted with other veggies, stuffed, or sliced and tossed in pasta, a pot of homemade vegetable soup, or any number of tasty meals. Here are 21 zucchini recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare any night of the week...
Zucchini boats and other sides
- Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Grilled summer squash halves, that have been quickly hallowed, make the perfect vessel for a simple vegetarian mixture of tomatoes, feta, and fresh herbs. Serve them as a side or an appetizer.
- Baked Zucchini with Parmesan and Thyme. Crisp-tender baked zucchini spears, topped with Parmesan and thyme. These are great as an appetizers with a bit of tzatziki sauce for dipping!
- Quick Sautéed Zucchini. This is a great use of your cast iron skillet! Quick sautéed rounds of summer squash, finished with balsamic reduction and a handful of black sesame seeds.
- Italian Roasted Vegetables. This is one of my go-to side dishes where diced veggies and mushrooms are tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and oregano and cooked to tender perfection in a high-heated oven.
- Shrimp and Zucchini "Panzanella". A total digression from traditional panzanella, but you'll love the delicious summer vibes! This is more of a composed salad where day-old toasted bread, shrimp, zucchini, tomatoes and other Mediterranean favorites are assembled on one large, beautiful board.
Grilled zucchini recipes
- Grilled Zucchini Salad. Quickly grilled rounds of summers squash make a delicious Mediterranean-style salad with a bit of good extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
- Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables. Assemble the perfect grilled vegetable platter, loaded with bright Mediterranean flavors and finished with a zesty dressing
- Vegetable Kabobs. I've included gas grill and indoor grill instructions for the perfect grilled vegetable kabobs. Allow them just a few minutes in the marinade before grilling, makes all the difference in flavor. I love serving these with my creamy romesco sauce!
Vegetarian zucchini dinner recipes
- Pasta Primavera. This light and bright vegetarian dinner takes a few roasted veggies, your favorite pasta, seasoned with a bit of oregano and thyme and dressed in a light sauce using the pasta cooking water, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest and a little Parmesan cheese.
- Vegetarian Moussaka. As comforting as it gets, this moussaka is entirely vegetarian with layers of baked veggies and a thick and delicious lentil sauce.
- Ratatouille. Ratatouille is a classic vegetable stew from Provence, France, with tomatoes, eggplants, summer squash, bell peppers, onions and garlic. My easy recipe takes one pot and cooks in about 40 minutes. And because it is even better the next day or two, it is the perfect make-ahead meal. I highly recommend making a big batch to freeze for later!Roasted Vegetable Barley
- Mediterranean Grain Bowls. Cook up your grain of choice and add to it some lentils or chickpeas, summer squash, tomatoes and avocados for a nutritions vegetarian dinner bowl any night of the week. This is also a great one to meal-prep for lunch.
- Baked Ziti with Veggies. Baked ziti with creamy ricotta, marinara sauce, and a layer of bright veggies. You won't miss the meat!
- Orzo with Chickpeas and Zucchini. One large pan of tiny orzo pasta, tossed with chickpeas and zucchini in a chunky, garlicy tomato sauce! Fresh mint and toasted pine nuts are the perfect finish.
More dinner recipes with zucchini
Zucchini pairs with nearly any protein of your choice to make a quick and wholesome dinner. Here are a few ideas:
- Mediterranean-style sautéed shrimp and zucchini.
- Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables. This easy, no-fuss dinner is one you can change up to use any veggies you have on hand and some boneless, skinless chicken breast. You'll love the Italian flavors including garlic, oregano, and a splash of citrus.
- Baked Salmon in Foil with Summer Vegetables. Baked salmon, zucchini, and other veggies cooked in individual foil parcels with a delicious lemony sauce.
- Zucchini Casserole. Not your typical casserole, this one is prepared Mediterranean-style with layers of zucchini, carrots, onions and a spiced meat sauce! Serve it as is for a hearty, low-carb dinner, or pair it with Lebanese rice.
- Middle Eastern Stuffed Zucchini. My mom's stuffed zucchini with a filling of rice and ground beef with tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Zucchini for breakfast!
Add it to your eggs for a more wholesome and delicious breakfast! Here are some ideas:
- Baked Zucchini Omelet. Middle Eastern style with zucchini, onions and lots of fresh mint leaves.
- Vegetable Frittata. This simple Vegetable Frittata is perfectly balanced with the flavors of earthy roasted vegetables, rich extra virgin olive oil, and sharp feta cheese.
Mediterranean Zucchini Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Tomato and Feta
- 3 zucchini, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
- extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and pepper, to your liking
- Dried oregano, large sprinkle to your liking
- 6 oz cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
- 3 green onions, both white and green parts, ends trimmed, chopped
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, more to your liking
- 6 to 10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
- Large handful fresh parsley, chopped
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Splash lemon juice
- Heat a cast iron skillet or indoor griddle over medium heat. (OR, If cooking on gas grill, lightly oil the grate and preheat grill to medium-low).
- Brush zucchini generously with extra virgin olive oil on both sides. Season zucchini (particularly flesh side) with salt, freshly ground pepper, and oregano.
- Place zucchini, flesh-side down, on the preheated grill (or indoor griddle). Grill for 3 to 5 minutes until soft and nicely charred, then turn on back side and grill for another 3 to 5 minutes until this side is also tender and gains some color. (If using an indoor skillet or griddle, you may need to adjust heat to medium-high.)
- Remove zucchini from heat and let cool enough to handle.
- To create zucchini boats, use a small spoon to scoop out the flesh (do not discard). Squeeze all liquid out of zucchini flesh (you might use a linen kitchen towel or paper towel to do this.)
- Make the filling for the zucchini boats. Put the zucchini flesh in a mixing bowl and add the cherry tomatoes, green onions, feta, mint, parsley, lemon zest. Add a small splash of lemon juice and sprinkle a little more oregano. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and mix everything together.
- Spoon the filling mixture into the prepared zucchini boats and arrange on a serving platter. Enjoy!
- Cook's Tips: You can cut the zucchini halves crosswise to create smaller "boats" that can be easily picked up by hand. This is ideal if you're serving a larger crowd as an appetizer (yields 12 instead of 6).
- Cook's Tip: Grill zucchini until tender and nicely charred - this brings out the delicious flavor!
- Cook's Tip: A drizzle of Greek Tzatziki sauce really seals the deal on these zucchini boats. Find recipe for homemade Tzatziki here.
- Make Ahead Option: You can grill the zucchini ahead of time, then when ready to serve, follow recipe from step #5.
- Other Filling Options: You can change up the existing filling in this recipe by simply adding more vegetarian items like a handful baby spinach, olives, or marinated artichokes. Or turn this into Zucchini Boats Antipasti. Just give your filling a little Italian flare using baby mozzarella, fresh basil, and maybe a little cured meat like Prosciutto or salami.
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