7 Summer Squash Recipes for Easy Dinners

Summer Squash Carpaccio
Photo: Jen Causey

Squash is a great addition to any summer recipe. This light, bright vegetable is versatile, nutritious, and easy to cook. These delicious recipes include casserole, pancakes, and tarts. This sunny squash will make you smile every time.

01 of 07

Summer Squash Gratin

Summer Squash Gratin
John Kernick

Food & Wine's Laura Rege puts abundant summer squash and zucchini to good use in this beautiful and very simple gratin, which gets fantastic flavor from white wine, leeks and Gruyère cheese.

02 of 07

Grilled Summer Squash Casserole

Grilled Summer Squash Casserole
Victor Protasio

Traditionally called malaiwala, "the one with cream," this casserole is a Punjabi twist on a ratatouille-style summer side. Chef Cheetie Kumar suggests making this a main dish by adding cubed paneer, a firm Indian cheese.

03 of 07

Crispy Summer Squash Pancakes

Crispy Summer Squash Pancakes
© Nicole Franzen

Recipe developer Kay Chun makes her delicate, lightly spicy latkes with grated summer squash instead of potatoes.

04 of 07

Summer Squash Carpaccio

Summer Squash Carpaccio
Jen Causey

Take a trip to the local farmers market and grab some yellow squash. Sweet dates, fresh mint, and toasted pepitas spiced with Tajín seasoning take this thinly sliced summer squash dish to the next level.

05 of 07

Roasted Vegetable Tarts


Match the earthy tastes here with an herbal Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

06 of 07

Summer Squash with Poblano, Queso Fresco, and Epazote

Summer Squash with Poblano Queso Fresco and Epazote Recipe
Aubrie Pick

Epazote is a leafy herb with a pungent, bright flavor, with notes of citrus, mint, and oregano. It lends a savory depth to the summer squash, and pairs particularly well with dairy. Leaving the queso fresco in larger chunks allows it to soften slightly, but not completely melt into the dish.

07 of 07

Grilled Summer Squash with Blue Cheese and Pecans

Grilled Summer Squash with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Eva Kolenko

This gorgeous summer squash salad is tossed with a bright, lemony dressing.

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