15 Zucchini Side Dishes You'll Eat All Summer (and Never Get Bored With)
Every zucchini grower knows that by the end of the summer, you'll be begging for someone to take that mountain of zucchinis off your hands. Zucchini glut is a real problem. There's even a special holiday in August designed to help people offload their zucchinis. It's not that people who grow zucchini don't like them — there are just too many of them, and they keep coming. To help you with your bounty, we've come up with a list of deliciously different summer zucchini side dishes.
Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta
This low-carb version of ravioli is easy, cheesy, and better for you.
Zucchini Waffles (Green Waffles)
Zucchini patties are great, but who wants to stand over a hot skillet on a sunny day. Use your waffle iron instead for extra quick and crispy patties.
Greek Zoodle Salad
You don't need a fancy spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, check out these genius tricks for making zoodles with regular kitchen tools. Then, go make this heavenly Greek salad.
Japanese Zucchini and Onions
This Asian-inspired dish will be your new favorite way to eat zucchini.
Grilled Zucchini Pizza
This is a great recipe to get kids to eat their green veggies. It's also easy to make, so the kids can help, too.
Zucchini Ribbon and Spinach Saute
"Serving this dish with fresh grilled fish is a perfect combination," says Cindy Anschutz Barbieri. "Zucchini can be grilled, fried, sauteed, or eaten raw in a salad. I grew up eating zucchini and eggs for breakfast, and now I just love making pasta with this versatile vegetable!"
Apple and Zucchini Salad
It's a surprising combination, but this mix of flavors really works.
"This is a great side dish — fast, flexible, and easy (cooks in one pan)!" says Janet. "I serve it with fish, but it would also go great with chicken. You can use it with any style of rice. Try different vegetables, too!"
Deep-Fried Zucchini Spirals
"We have always enjoyed fried zucchini," says SHORECOOK. "So when I saw the clever way to spiral cut them, I thought why not deep fry them like onion strings. I did and they were a hit! Sprinkle with Old Bay® to make this a perfect side dish for seafood. They can also be served as an appetizer with your favorite dip. The zucchini may be cut into chips if you do not have a spiral slicer."
Jon's Corn and Zucchini
"This was an easy and delicious side dish. I used half the amount of butter. Also, I sautéed the onion until soft then added the other vegetables and quickly sautéed them until al dente. It s a wonderful dish," says Deb C.
Zucchini and Potato Bake
"This is a very easy and delicious dish that I like to make as a side dish for my summer barbeques," recipe creator Jana says.
Orzo and Zucchini Salad
"This fresh-tasting make-ahead side dish was created with casual outdoor dining in mind." —CALISPICEGIRL
"This is the simplest of side dishes, endlessly customizable. Try it when you have an abundance of zucchini in the garden." —LauraF
Refreshing Summer Squash Salad
"Such a good summer salad! I couldn't make enough of it. It's even delicious without the prosciutto. Light and tasty, good for a side at a barbeque," Jolene Austin says.
Zucchini Cornbread Casserole
"This was a really tasty and useful recipe for the zucchini windfall of the summer garden," says MAMABEAT. "It's a great side, but I liked it as a breakfast item."