Get Creative with Summer Squash with These Delicious and Healthy Recipes

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Squashes have been a staple of the American diet going back centuries and today their versatility means that the options regarding preparation and cooking is endless. They can be matched up to a great range of different ingredients for different taste and texture combinations and are also the ideal ingredient for some experimentation in the kitchen. The health benefits are plentiful and promote a healthy heart, lower cholesterol, fight cancer and even reduce symptoms of PMS. Whether you are new to squashes and attempting to integrate them into the diet for the first time or a long-term lover of the vegetable, the following recipes are going to provide you with plenty of options and ideas this summertime.

Appetizers / Light Bites

In a traditional and logical manner, we begin this epic list of summer squash recipes with the appetizers. As smaller meals, many of these can also very successfully play the role of a lunchtime meal, light dinner, snack or a side dish. The beauty of all of these dishes is that they can easily be tweaked to suit any situation or preference or used as a foundation for some kitchen experimentation. From soups to sandwiches and from chips to crepes, the following diverse range of light recipes will have your mouth-watering and taste buds tingling.

1. Yellow Summer Squash Fritters

1. Yellow Summer Squash Fritters

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Fritters are a light and tasty accompaniment to any meal, and eaten warm or cold this crunchy vegetarian dish is the ideal side. The recipe is simple and preparation quick and with use of a vegetable spiral slicer you will have your squash shredded into thin spirals in no time.

2. Tarragon, Lemon and Summer Squash Soup

3. Thai Summer Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

3. Thai Summer Squash Soup with Coconut Milk 2

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Soups at the ultimate light and healthy way to begin a meal and both of these options are delightfully tasty but each with its own very individual style and flavour. The tarragon and lemon option brings together a number of fresh and invigorating summer flavours, while the Thai inspired soup recipe offers an exotic and slightly spicy twist.

4. Low-Carb Summer Squash Chips

4. Low-Carb Summer Squash Chips

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Super simple and straightforward to make, these chips can even be cooked in the microwave and are still a great deal healthier than your average store bought option. Simply slice the squash into disks of an even thickness, toss in some coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and then stick them in the microwave. Obviously, the squash would be equally delicious oven-baked and this recipe makes the perfect base for some experimentation. The best part is from start to finish you are looking at a total time of 9 minutes with minimal prep and ingredients. Enjoy these chips with some homemade hummus or guacamole and you’ve got yourself the perfect healthy snack.

5. Summer Squash, Bacon and Mozzarella Quiche

6. Summer Squash Tart with Pattypan and Tomatoes

5. Summer Squash Tart with Pattypan and Tomatoes

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Tarts and quiches are definitely summer time foods and summer squash can easily be incorporated and complimented by a large range of additional ingredients. The tart recipe is an excellent vegetarian option that features a homemade crust with a filling of pattypan squash, cherry tomatoes, garlic and a little bit of cheese for a luxurious gooey quality. Overall, this is a healthy summer tart that is so good it could be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The quiche is a great alternative for those that cant go without their meat for a single meal and the bacon certainly offers a wonderfully crisp and salty aspect to every bite.

7. Summer Squash Ribbons with Cherry Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Pesto

8. Summer Squash Breakfast Bowl

7. Summer Squash Ribbons with Cherry Tomatoes and Mint-Basil Pesto

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8. Summer Squash Breakfast Bowl

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It takes a creative mind to consider summer squash for breakfast, but this innovative recipe simply makes it work. Integrating smoked ham, mushrooms, egg and cauliflower may sound slightly odd but it’s a nutritious and tasty combination that would be satisfying and energising at any time of the day.

9. Zucchini and Summer Squash Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt Sauce

10. Indian Crepes with Summer Squash and Chickpea Masala

9. Zucchini and Summer Squash Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt Sauce

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10. Indian Crepes with Summer Squash and Chickpea Masala

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These two recipes take on an exotic note and feature some wonderfully aromatic flavours. The skewers are particularly easy to make and simply involve marinating and sliding your favourite summer squash and zucchini onto sticks, which are then complimented by a light and refreshing lemon and tahini yogurt dip. Grilled on the barbecue, these skewers are particularly well suited to summertime and are left with a subtle but wonderful smoky flavour. The Indian crepes or Rava Dosa to give them their authentic name, make use of the crepe as a base, which is then filled or topped with a rich and gorgeous chickpea masala made with squash, tomatoes and zucchini.

11. Heirloom Summer Squash Sandwich

12. Summer Squash Sandwich with Garlic Scape Aioli

11. Heirloom Summer Squash Sandwich

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12. Summer Squash Sandwich with Garlic Scape Aioli

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These two both call themselves sandwiches and both incorporate slices of delicious summer squash, however these two recipes are incredibly different from another. The latter is the more traditional style of sandwich in that it makes use of bread to create the top and bottom with lots of goodies packed in the middle. In this case those ‘goodies’ consist of garlic scape aioli, roasted summer squash and marinara sauce. The former of these two recipes is less of a sandwich and more of a raw food stack and requires the use of a dehydrator to make the delectable and flavour-intense squash slices. Olive oil and pine nut cheese finish off the dish beautifully.

13. Grilled Summer Squash Stacks with Herb Ricotta

14. Self-Stuffed Summer Squash

15. Cheesy Roasted Summer Squash

16. Roasted Summer Squash with Paprika and Manchego Cheese

15. Cheesy Roasted Summer Squash

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16. Roasted Summer Squash with Paprika and Manchego Cheese

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Stuffing and roasting summer squashes are two of the more simple yet satisfying ways of preparing and cooking this tasty vegetable. For simplicity at it’s finest, cut a squash in half (length ways), sprinkle it with cheese and olive oil and roast until golden. It’s the perfect summer side dish and a low-carb and low calorie alternative to bread and potato based sides. Another way to roast your squash is demonstrated in this paprika and manchchego cheese recipe, which results in a wonderful gooey bowl of smoked paprika goodness. Again the ingredients are minimal but the taste is phenomenal.

Salads (and one cheeky bread)

Many of the appetizers and indeed some of the mains listed here can be adapted into a more substantial meal, simply with the addition of a salad and some bread. However, these salad recipes can of course also be enjoyed on their own as a light lunch or dinner. This excellent selection and variety of salads will ensure that you don’t get bored of eating the same thing day after day and each is just as delicious and nutritional as the last.

17. Paleo Summer Squash Salad

17. Paleo Summer Squash Salad

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This fabulous salad includes tasty ingredients such as grilled chicken, kale, bacon and avocado with oodles of extra flavour coming from the lemon, olive oil, black pepper and sea salt. The summer squash is spiralized for a creative variety of textures and visual stimulation.

18. Smoked Salmon Squash Salad

19. Grilled Panzanella with Arugula, Burrata, Summer Squash and Olives

This salad brings together some amazingly tasty and very light and refreshing ingredients and flavours. The panzanella bread and summer squash is coated with olive oil and grilled before being combined with olives, arugula, burrata cheese, white wine vinegar and a drop more olive oil. Prepare for a taste explosion in the mouth and while enjoying a meal that is guilt free and very healthy.

20. Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad with Walnuts

20. Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad with Walnuts

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Walnuts always make a fabulous crunchy and nutty addition to any salad and this is definitely one worth trying. The addition of nutrient rich quinoa, known for its low fat, high protein and high amino acid content, also means that you will stay fuller for longer after this salad.

21. Balsamic Grilled Summer Squash with Lemony Garlic Tomato Salad

21. Balsamic Grilled Summer Squash with Lemony Garlic Tomato Salad

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22. Summer Squash Bread

Bread always goes well with a salad and can help to bulk up the meal and make it a little more substantial and filling. This bread recipe creates a wonderfully moist and light loaf, with earthy notes of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. A slice of this bread with your salad will taste fabulous and is the perfect way to mop up any left over salad dressing.

Pastas and Pizza’s

Pastas and pizzas, or in other words Italian inspired dishes, deserve their own section of the list, as there are just so many brilliant and creative ways to integrated summer squashes into these kinds of meals. Some of the pasta recipes feature the ‘real deal’ while others make use of veggie alternatives to create low-carb versions of noodles. All however, pack an extreme taste-punch and are dishes that you will be excited to sample this summer.

23. Herbed Summer Squash Pasta Bake

24. Roasted Summer Squash and Zucchini Lasagne

23. Herbed Summer Squash Pasta Bake

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24. Roasted Summer Squash and Zucchini Lasagne

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This tasty lasagne uses long strips of zucchini and summer squash as a healthier alternative to pasta. Cheese and tomato sauce give this dish its traditional feel and flavour. This recipe is very simple and easy to follow and is a must try for vegetarian lovers of lasagne.

25. Fusilli Con Buco Pasta with Summer Squash & Mint

25. Fusilli Con Buco Pasta with Summer Squash & Mint

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This recipe returns to using traditional and ‘real’ pasta and opts for the hollow fusilli con buco variety. The summer squash is lightly sautéed and combined with the pasta followed by a generous drizzle of the refreshing lemon butter sauce with mint and pecorino cheese. What a delightful taste combination, which manages to find the perfect balance between light and utterly satisfying.

26. Simple Summer Squash and Lemon Spaghetti

26. Simple Summer Squash and Lemon Spaghetti

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27. Summer Squash and Chorizo Pasta

27. Summer Squash and Chorizo Pasta

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28. Summer Squash Noodle Salad with Fresh Lemon Camelina Dressing

29. Squash and Zucchini Noodles with Sautéed Veggies

29. Squash and Zucchini Noodles with Sautéed Veggies

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These two noodle dishes both incorporate spiralized noodles, created using a spiral slicer to prepare the summer squash and zucchini. The first uses the noodles as somewhat of a base, which is then topped with an exciting and colourful array of crunchy sautéed vegetables. The other recipe incorporates mint, basil, arugula, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and cucumber for a wonderful selection of nutritious and tasty ingredients.

30. Spicy Grilled Summer Squash and Pine Nut Pizza

31. Garlicky Summer Squash Pizza

31. Garlicky Summer Squash Pizza

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These two pizzas use slightly different flavours to create equally tasty and satisfying vegetarian pizzas. The grilled squash and pine nut recipe has a tantalising and morish spice to it, while the sauce is packed full of herbs and the pizza topped with some sweet onion slices. The garlic option as the title suggests is packed full of garlic and packing a punch but the sweet and tender summer squash and wonderfully salty ricotta cheese balances and compliments the overall flavours beautifully.

32. White Bean Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

32. White Bean Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

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Mains

The summer-squash recipes just keep getting better and better, and these full-blown mains are sure to get the mouth watering. From hearty yet heart-healthy casseroles to pork chops and burgers, these meals are going to taste as good as they look and are good for you too.

33. Scrumptious Summer Squash Casserole

33. Scrumptious Summer Squash Casserole

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The thought of casserole tends to bring to mind fairly heavy, rich and meaty dishes but this recipe provides a wonderful lighter and healthier alternative. It is still creamy, indulgent and flavoursome as you would hope and expect from a casserole and features yellow squash, onion and goats cheese flavoured with plenty of pepper and parsley and topped off with crispy breadcrumbs.

34. Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Summer Squash

35. Chicken With Summer Squash and Arugula

36. Summer Squash and Grilled Lemon Chicken

34. Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Summer Squash

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35. Chicken With Summer Squash and Arugula

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36. Summer Squash and Grilled Lemon Chicken

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As a low fat and high protein meat, chicken works wonderfully well in healthy dishes and is complemented beautifully by summer squash. The chicken in these two dishes is cooked in different ways with one being grilled and the other roasted. Both dishes however feature succulent and mouth-watering meat that is perfectly finished off with summer squash and salad leaves.

37. Pork Chops with Basil Butter and Summer Squash

38. Crispy Chops with Summer Squash Slaw and Roasted Potato Wedges

38. Crispy Chops with Summer Squash Slaw and Roasted Potato Wedges

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Pork is another meat that appears to work very well with the summer squash. These two recipes are very different from one another with one featuring a gorgeous pork chop and basil-butter combo and the other pork in crispy breadcrumbs, which creates an incredible texture and seals in all of those delicious juices from the meat. This second dish is served with a crunchy summer squash slaw, roasted potato wedges and a refreshing lemon and garlic mayonnaise.

39. Chickpea and Summer Squash Veggie Burger

Who can resist a burger, but the great thing about this burger is the impressive way it has managed to remain extremely healthy, light and summery. The vegetarian burger patty is created from chickpeas, leek, walnuts, flaxseeds, garlic and of course summer squash to create a wonderfully moist and tasty middle for your burger. This is then complimented and made even healthier with the addition of Romaine lettuce, cooked chard and tomato slices and housed between two slices of lightly toasted organic whole wheat bread.

40. Garlic and Summer Squash Risotto

 41. Chicken and Summer Squash Fajitas with Black Beans

42. Zucchini Summer Squash Tomato Gratin

40. Garlic and Summer Squash Risotto

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41. Chicken and Summer Squash Fajitas with Black Beans

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42. Zucchini Summer Squash Tomato Gratin

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Gratins and bakes are wonderfully warming and hearty meals but featuring summer squash as the star ingredient helps to keep the carbs and the calories down. This gratin recipe is stunning to look and equally great tasting. It is essentially layers of bold and satisfying flavours starting from the garlic and caramelised onion base, followed by the alternating slices of colourful, juicy and tender summer squash, zucchini and tomato; and finished with a gooey and extravagant sprinkling of goat’s cheese.

43. Summer Squash and Tomato Crumble

44. Summer Squash Shakshuka with Baked Eggs

43. Summer Squash and Tomato Crumble

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44. Summer Squash Shakshuka with Baked Eggs

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Ideal for breakfast, brunch or dinner and undeniably tasty, this fun and creative shakshuka is definitely one that will be loved by the whole family. The main bulk of the dish is provided by the selection of summer squash, which are baked with paprika, goat’s cheese and basil amongst others fine ingredients. It is finished off by the addition of four eggs, placed carefully into wells in the mixture and returned to the oven to be baked to perfection.

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