Summer Squash Recipes

Savor the summer with these recipes for zucchini, summer squash, and blossoms

Squash is a wonderfully seasonal vegetable—all throughout the year, different varieties are available. In summer, yellow squash and zucchini come into their peaks. Not only that, but you also can find beautiful squash blossoms. We’ve rounded up our favorite summer squash recipes for you to try out.

Whatever squash you have on hand will be great for our seasonal squash tart—in summer, squash and zucchini both match wonderfully with the goat cheese and garlic that top this puff pastry tart.

If you have zucchini while ramps are still in season, try our grilled zucchini with a creamy ramp aïoli. Can’t get ramps? Pair your grilled zucchini with rich avocado and salty, crumbly cotija cheese instead. Zucchini is even good for dessert—it’s the secret ingredient in our chocolate zucchini cake.

Yellow squash is great in soups. On a hot day, cool down with our chilled curried summer squash soup with Thai basil and lime juice ice cubes. Or pair yellow squash with zucchini, peas, onion and dashi to make our makombu-squash soup.

Zucchini blossoms and squash blossoms are delicate and flavorful. Squash blossoms and burrata make an excellent pizza topping, while zucchini blossoms are perfect for stuffing with anchovies and deep frying. Sautéing summer squash and squash blossoms with tomato and epazote (a pungent Mexican herb) makes for a light, fresh vegetable stew.

Find these dishes and more in our collection of our favorite summer squash recipes.

Sautéed Squash and Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Chiles

Similar to an unripe mango or green papaya, julienned squash has a slightly “green” flavor that pairs well with the classic Thai flavors in this quick, brothy dish. Get the recipe for Sautéed Squash and Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Chiles »

Herbed Squash Confit

Herbed Squash Confit

Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad

Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad

Zucchini Crisp

Macerating zucchini in sugar creates a syrup that conjures flavors of sweet melons in this surprising dessert. Get the recipe for Zucchini Crisp »

Seasonal Squash Tart

Get creative with the topping for this tart, which will help to really stretch leftover squash and other vegetables. Store-bought puff pastry makes a simple dish even simpler. Get the recipe for Seasonal Squash Tart »

Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle)

Squash, peppers, or eggplant can be substituted for the zucchini in this simple, savory summer pie. Get the recipe for Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle) »

Squash Blossom Soup (Caldo Xochitl con Flor de Calabaza)

Mexico’s soups are famous for their freshness and simplicity. This one marries delicate squash blossoms with chiles, queso fresco, and shredded chicken in an enriched chicken broth.

Fried Anchovy-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

For this simple hors d’oeuvre, delicate zucchini flowers are filled with salty fish and batter-fried.

Squash Blossom Sauté (Guiso de Flor de Calabaza)

Squash Blossom Sauté (Guiso de Flor de Calabaza)

Walnut Pesto and Zucchini Pizza (Pizza Noci e Zucchini)

Creamy walnut sauce is paired with golden pan-fried zucchini and smoked mozzarella on this Neapolitan-style pizza.

Cold Curried Summer Squash Soup

The warming kick of curry lends depth and zing to this creamy chilled soup; ice cubes made of lime juice and Thai basil add acidity and a light anise flavor as they melt. Get the recipe for Cold Curried Summer Squash Soup »

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk.

Zucchini Stuffed with Ricotta (Zucchine Ripiene con Ricotta)

In this dish, zucchini are stuffed with the twin stars of Calabrian cheese making: pecorino and ricotta. Flecked with tomato and mint, they are equally good eaten hot or at room temperature.

Persian Zucchini Frittata (Kuku Kadoo)

Persian Zucchini Frittata (Kuku Kadoo)

Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette

Grilling adds smokiness to summer squash, a flavor that chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s Miller Union balances with bright ingredients like vinegar, chile, and honey. Get the recipe for Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette »

Squash Blossom Pizza

This stunner of a pie features summer squash blossoms, creamy burrata, and a crisp, chewy crust.

Flatbreads with Two Toppings (Laganes)

In Greece, these flatbreads are traditionally cooked on a hearthstone set over hot coals (a cast-iron skillet on the stove works well, too) and served with tomato sauce or sautéed zucchini and feta.

Zucchini Fritters (Kolokitho Keftedes)

Based on a recipe from author Nancy Harmon Jenkins, this Cretan meze dish can be served hot or at room temperature.

Grilled Zucchini with Ramp Aioli

The combination of grilled squash and a cool, creamy aioli flavored with ramps is springtime at its best.

Frida Kahlo’s Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín)

This simple Mexican salad consists of grilled zucchini, avocado, and salty, crumbled añejo cheese.

Makombu-Squash Soup

Any root vegetable—squash, carrots, turnips, potatoes—can be used to make this silky, umami-rich soup from award-winning Japanese cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo. Get the recipe for Makombu-Squash Soup »

Roasted Vegetable Terrine

Our colorful vegetarian take on terrine features smoky roasted vegetables, tangy goat cheese, and a sun-dried tomato pesto.


Bibimbap, the staple Korean rice dish, can be made with meat or seafood and served hot, but we love this fresh-tasting cold, vegetarian version.