Vegan Zucchini Recipes for Using Up Your Summer Bounty
By the time summer rolls around, gardens and supermarkets are filled with a bounty of zucchini. The good news is, zucchini are ideal for whipping up delicious dinners and sides. This green squash can be a vegan's best friend, too, as they're ready to be stuffed with legumes, spiralized into zoodles, or shredded in a batch of bread. Our collection of 15 vegan zucchini recipes will show you how to create plant-based meals with this versatile veggie.
Marrakesh Vegetable Curry
Zucchini, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and a whole range of other veggies combine in this African-inspired curry. Recipe creator NIBLETS says, "If you have carrot-ginger juice available to you, try using it in place of the orange juice — either one is delicious!"
Kingman's Vegan Zucchini Bread
Just the right balance of sweet, with a hint of spice from cinnamon, the only thing that gives away that this quick bread contains zucchini is the green speckles.
Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)
"Briam is a traditional Greek roasted vegetable dish with potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, and red onions with lots of olive oil," says recipe creator Diana Moutsopoulos. "It is a typical example of Greek cuisine where a few simple ingredients are turned into an utterly delicious dish with little effort."
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
Tofu teams up with zucchini, bell peppers, and mushrooms for these hearty kabobs. The rich marinade gets a double hit of heat thanks to Sriracha and fresh jalapeño.
Vegan Zucchini Noodles with Chickpeas and Zucchini Blossoms
Infused with summertime goodness, this zoodles recipe will fill you up without weighing you down. If you can't find zucchini blossoms — which are only in season for a short period — feel free to skip them.
Yellow Squash and Tofu Stir Fry
"Delicious! And that's coming from a hardcore carnivore," says France C. "A perfect balance of flavors and the right amount of heat."
Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins
Get the best of both worlds: The sweetness of banana bread, with the moist and fluffy texture of zucchini bread. The cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top adds a slight crunch that's irresistible.
Sicilian Lentil Pasta Sauce
Hearty lentils are the star of this thick tomato sauce, while zucchini, mushrooms, and onions act as the flavorful backup. If you're a fan of more tangy than sweet pasta sauces, add the sugar in this recipe to taste.
Zucchini and Potato Bake
"This recipe is so simple and soooo good," says LYNNIEMILANO. "Hard to believe you can get such a lovely flavor from so few ingredients."
Zucchini with Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffing
Halved zucchini make the perfect vessel for stuffing with legumes and other vegetables. This version features chickpeas, mushrooms, and fresh parsley for a burst of flavor.
Vegan Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Move aside potatoes, zucchini are the next great vegetable fry. Seasoned with herbes de Provence, these zucchini sticks are baked to crispy perfection and just begging to be dipped in some marinara.
Rainbow Veggie Chili
Eat the rainbow with this vibrant vegan chili. Green zucchini, yellow squash, and red bell peppers make for a brightly colored dish that will leave you craving more.
Mexican Vegetable Rice Bowl
The cashew-based "queso" makes this rice bowl a stand-apart recipe. Brown rice is layered up with zucchini and kale for a well-balanced meal.
Summer Vegetable Ratatouille
An Italian favorite, ratatouille is a delicious way to highlight fresh zucchini. It's simmered to crisp-tender perfection with squash, onions, and bell peppers.
Lentil Rice and Veggie Bake
Who says a casserole has to be heavy? This vegan recipe features a base of rice and lentils, which is layered up with chopped zucchini and carrots, before being smothered in tomato sauce and baked.