23 Zucchini Recipes to Use Up Your Summer Bumper Crop

Never run out of ways to use this versatile vegetable

We love zucchini, but by the time summer's in full swing—and the flood of summer squash threatens to engulf us—we're sometimes struggling to come up with ways to use it. Fortunately, zucchini is an incredibly versatile vegetable at home in anything from soup, to pasta, to pizza, and even to chocolate cake. You'll never get bored of this bountiful summer vegetable thanks to our collection of zucchini recipes.

Tender, flavorful zucchini is a great pizza topping. It pairs with smoked mozzarella and basil in two of our recipes—one with butternut squash and bell peppers and the other with a nutty walnut pesto. Zucchini is also the perfect partner for other members of the summer squash family, like yellow squash, whether roasted for a farinata (Italy's chickpea pancake) or grilled with a sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette. Cut into matchsticks, it's also wonderful raw in a slaw.

Finally, you might not associate zucchini with dessert, but it really is at home in chocolate cake. Don't let the thought of vegetables and chocolate put you off—the zucchini just bulks up the cake and helps keep it moist. Even though chocolate's involved, we'll let you pass this one off as your vegetables for the day.

Find all these dishes and more in our collection of zucchini recipes.

Farinata with Summer Squash, Goat Cheese, and Preserved Lemon
Farinata with Summer Squash, Goat Cheese, and Preserved Lemon
While these savory chickpea pancakes are delicious plain, they also make an excellent canvas for roasted summer vegetables like zucchini. Get the recipe for Farinata with Summer Squash, Goat Cheese, and Preserved Lemon »Jenny Huang
Skillet-Roasted Summer Squash with Oregano, Mint, and Cheese
Skillet-Roasted Squash with Oregano, Mint, and Cheese
Yellow squash and zucchini, with plenty of Mediterranean herbs and fresh cheese, cooked inside or out, are a perfect warm weather side. Get the recipe for Skillet-Roasted Summer Squash with Oregano, Mint, and Cheese »Kyle Johnson
Seared Scallops with Zucchino "Ravioli and Tomato Water
Seared Scallops with Zucchini "Ravioli" and Tomato Water
Tomato water, a delicate pink broth made by draining lightly cooking tomatoes in cheesecloth, acts as a summery base for warm scallops and feta-stuffed zucchini–ingredients found in abundance near Twins restaurant. "The tomato water reminds us of the juices that would drain from our grandmother's adzhika," the brothers say, a salsa-like condiment from their native town of Kuban. Get the recipe for Seared Scallops with Zucchino "Ravioli and Tomato Water »Simon Bajada
Provençal Vegetable Tian
Provencal Vegetable Tian
A tian is a type of gratin, typically vegetables baked in an earthenware dish. (The word "tian" also refers to the earthenware dish itself.) This classic Provençal version is made with alternating rows of sliced zucchini, eggplant, and tomato. The flavors meld as the vegetables cook together, somewhat like ratatouille. Seasoned simply with thyme, garlic, and good fruity olive oil, the dish is best served at room temperature. Lulu insists it tastes even better made a day in advance. Get the recipe for Provençal Vegetable Tian »Justin Walker
Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette
Grilled Squash with Scallions And 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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Zucchini Latkes
Zucchini Latkes
Zucchini don't have as much starch as potatoes, but they do make great latkes. This recipe from New York chef Julian Medina makes tender fritters with a delicate zucchini bite. "The sauces are where I really add the Mexican flavors," Medina says of the horseradish crema, chipotle-honey, and apple tomatillo salsa that get served on the side. Get the recipe for Zucchini Latkes »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad
Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad
Matchstick ribbons of zucchini and carrot mingle with grassy, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts in this salad inspired by the flavors of Thailand. A pungent, savory, tart dressing brings the dish together. Get the recipe for Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross
Zucchini Crisp
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross
Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto
Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto
The chef of Lucky Leek in Berlin, Germany, Josita Hartanto makes her minestrone with hearty kohlrabi and briny green olives. The soup is brightened by a fresh pesto, which is stirred in just before serving. Get the recipe for Green Minestrone with Kohlrabi, Olives, and Spinach Pesto »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce
A chilled tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes makes a pleasant contrast to these hot potato and spinach dumplings, which chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin's Lucky Leek binds together with firm tofu and durum wheat semolina. Dry the potatoes and spinach thoroughly so the dumplings will hold their shape. Get the recipe for Spinach and Potato Dumplings with Cold Tomato Sauce »Matt Taylor-Gross
Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread
Zucchini bread is the perfect way to use up an abundance of the summer vegetable. This version is with raisins and toasted walnuts, which gives it extra flavor. Get the recipe for Zucchini Bread »Matt Taylor-Gross
Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
Paprika lends to the burnished skin and earthy sweetness of this roast chicken, its flavor brightened with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Set on a bed of pearl onions, carrots, garlic, fennel, and zucchini, the vegetables soak in all the bird's juices as it roasts. Get the recipe for Red Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic »Farideh Sadeghin
Walnut Pesto and Zucchini Pizza (Pizza Noci e Zucchini)
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. Get the recipe for Walnut Pesto and Zucchini Pizza (Pizza Noci e Zucchini) »Todd Coleman
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk. Get the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake »Farideh Sadeghin
Frida Kahlo's Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín)
Frida Kahlo's Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín)
This simple Mexican salad consists of grilled zucchini, avocado, and salty, crumbled añejo cheese. Get the recipe for Frida Kahlo's Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín) »Farideh Sadeghin
Olive Oil-Braised Vegetables
Olive Oil-Braised Vegetables
This flavorful mix of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and potatoes is braised in olive oil that's been infused with rosemary, chile flakes, lemon, and anchovies. Get the recipe for Olive Oil-Braised Vegetables »Todd Coleman
Makombu-Squash Soup
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 »André Baranowski
Pan-Fried Sole with Red Quinoa and Vegetables
Pan-Fried Sole with Red Quinoa and Vegetables
Filets of sole are set atop red quinoa, roasted tomatoes, and tender-crisp vegetables in this dish from a Marseille bistrot. Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Sole with Red Quinoa and Vegetables »Ingalls Photography
Roasted Vegetable Terrine
Roasted Vegetable Terrine
Our colorful vegetarian take on terrine features smoky roasted vegetables, tangy goat cheese, and a sun-dried tomato pesto. Get the recipe for Roasted Vegetable Terrine »Helen Rosner
Spaghetti Primavera
Spaghetti alla Primavera
I believe it started in 1975, when I visited Prince Edward Island with a number of colleagues, including Craig Claiborne of the New York Times. To eat we had only lobster and wild boar. After a week of this, everyone said, "Can we have some pasta?" I set out to make two dishes, one with vegetables, one Alfredo style. But in the end I mixed it all together, vegetables with spaghetti and cream. Get the recipe for Spaghetti Primavera »Todd Coleman
Shish Kebabs
Shish Kebabs
Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin learned to make these simple grilled kebabs from her father, which he likes to serve with rice and shirazi salad. Get the recipe for Shish Kebabs »Farideh Sadeghin
Zucchini Stuffed with Ricotta (Zucchine Ripiene con Ricotta)
Zucchini Stuffed with Ricotta (Zucchine Ripiene con Ricotta)
A simple dish of zucchini stuffed with pecorino and ricotta and flecked with tomato and mint is equally good eaten hot or at room temperature. It's a perfect way to make use of end-of-summer produce. Get the recipe for Zucchini Stuffed with Ricotta (Zucchine Ripiene con Ricotta) »Landon Nordeman
Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza (Pizza del Papa)
Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza (Pizza del Papa)
Antonio Starita, the owner of Pizzeria Starita in Naples, served this butternut squash-topped pizza to Pope John Paul II. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza (Pizza del Papa) »Todd Coleman