Meet My Dear Friend, Zucchini

Zucchini shows up in a lot of my weeknight recipes. What's not to love about the nutrient-dense summer squash? Its dynamic categorization—it's a fruit or a veg, depending on who you ask—reflects the broad range of zucchini recipes available. These are a few of our favorites.

By: Anna Decker / 11/06/2018

1. Corn and Zucchini Fritters with Herb Salsa and Blistered Green Beans

Pan-fried fritters are a tasty way to use up summer's abundant zucchini harvest. The key here is making sure to squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the grated zucchini before adding it to the corn, otherwise you might end up with a runny batter. And be sure to taste the Fresno chile on its own before adding it so you can control the amount of heat you add to the dish. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

2. Pan-Roasted Zucchini Pasta with Pecans, Parmesan & Mint

This pasta dish features one of our favorite toppings: crunchy pecans, fresh mint, and salty Parmesan. The trick to golden-brown zucchini is using a fair bit of oil over high heat so the slices soften in the skillet. It'll only take a few minutes, but resist the urge to instantly flip them so they have time to form a good sear. Would you believe it's even better the next day? You should have plenty leftover! Cook, relax, and enjoy!

3. Corn and Zucchini Hash with Pancetta & Eggs

If hash is traditionally a breakfast food, we’ve turned it into a sensational supper. Slices of soft potatoes, caramelized onion, sweet corn, cubes of zucchini, crispy pancetta, and fresh basil… your skillet will be bursting with delicious flavor. We certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a dash of hot sauce. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

4. Vegetarian Zucchini Boats with Grains and Fontina Cheese

Vegetables are the gift that keep on giving: great for nutrients, vitamins, and overall health—and just when we thought they couldn’t be more useful, we’ve turned zucchini into bowls! Fine china takes a backseat to this hearty dish, filled with a grain blend of rice, red quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. Creamy Fontina cheese is broiled on top for extra flavor and decadence. Cook, relax, enjoy!

5. Charred Zucchini Tacos with Goat Cheese and Cilantro Pesto

Skewered veggies are great for grilling, but we’re skipping the skewering and going straight to the grilling! The still-warm grilled zucchini spends time soaking up the flavors of a fresh cilantro pesto while you grill corn tortillas and juicy limes. Topped with creamy goat cheese and crunchy almonds, this makes for an unconventional veggie taco that will quickly become a classic. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

6. Sweet Italian Sausage and Zucchini with Grilled Lemons & Farro Salad

A good grain salad has a variety of flavors and textures. With chewy farro, creamy goat cheese, fresh scallions and mint, and juicy raisins, this version does not disappoint! We serve the salad with grilled sausages and zucchini and then brighten the entire dish up with a simple lemon dressing and grilled lemon halves. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

7. Zucchini & Basil Pesto Pizza with Tomato Salad

Thin ribbons of zucchini make for an elegant topping along with delicious basil pesto for a summery pizza. The summer celebration continues with a juicy tomato and onion salad that uses shallots for a slightly more delicate onion flavor. The salad is tossed with a red wine vinaigrette, also flavored with a bit of pesto, for a basil lift. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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