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18 Best Yellow Squash Recipes to Savor This Summer

As summer approaches, prepare these tasty yellow squash recipes to enjoy the fresh, brilliant aromas of yellow squash.

This collection of recipes includes something for everyone, from colorful and refreshing yellow squash salads to warm and satisfying main courses. No worries, they are all super easy to make.

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Plus, they are perfect for both experienced and beginner cooks. So, let’s explore the world of yellow squash and find out all the delicious things we can do with it. 

Prepare to delight in the season’s finest flavors with these superb yellow squash dishes. 🙂

18 My Favorite Summer Yellow Squash Recipes

1. Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow Squash

Two delightful summer veggies, yellow squash, and zucchini, are sautéed to perfection in this colorful and flavorful side dish.

Prepare this quick and easy yellow squash recipe by slicing the squash into thin pieces, then sautéing it with zucchini in olive oil with garlic, onions, and a pinch of some seasonings like parsley.

Because of the variety of colors and flavors it offers, Sautéed Yellow Squash and Zucchini is one of the best ways to cook yellow squash and makes for a great accent to any meal as well as a nutritious one.

2. Yellow Squash Casserole

One of our favorite ways to enjoy the natural sweetness of yellow squash in a warm and satisfying baked dish is to make a casserole.

It’s a versatile dish, where you can omit the eggs and opt for vegan ingredients when making it.

The Yellow Squash Casserole, topped with vegan bread crumbs or broken crackers, is cooked till golden brown and bubbling, making it the perfect side dish or main course suitable for parties or weeknight dinners.

3. Grilled Yellow Squash

The natural sweetness and smokiness of the squash are brought out well in this meal of Grilled Yellow Squash.

The grilling process imparts a mild smokiness to the squash while keeping its soft texture.

If you’re having a hard time choosing the best summer dish to prepare, then this is for you. This nutritious and flavorful grilled squash is the perfect side dish and pairs well with a wide range of meals.

4. Summer Squash Vegetable Pizza

Pizza with yellow squash and other vegetables adds a burst of brightness and flavor to this classic dish.

Pizza dough is covered in a sauce made of creamy garlic or vegan pesto with garlic powder and black pepper instead of the usual tomato sauce.

On top of that, it’s layered with colorful veggies like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions, topped with thin slices of yellow squash.

The Summer Squash Vegetable Pizza is cooked with a substantial amount of cheese until the dough is golden and the toppings are tender and slightly caramelized, making it a delicious and healthy option for vegetarians and pizza fans.

5. Grilled Squash, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

The combination of pesto and feta cheese with Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash makes for a delectable summer meal. You can simply swap out regular feta with vegan feta cheese to make it a completely vegan dish.

Grilling these vegetables brings out their inherent sweetness, and the thin slices of sweet potatoes and summer squashes like zucchini and yellow squash are perfect for this.

Additionally, this easy and delicious squash recipe is perfect for serving as a side or even as a light main course in the warmer months.

6. Roasted Yellow Squash

The nutty and sweet tastes of this summer squash side are brought out well in a roasted preparation that is both tasty and nutritious.

Caramelization during roasting brings out the squash’s natural sweetness while also creating a crunchy surface and soft interior.

You can slice the squash into thicker pieces to prevent it from going mushy in the broiler.

You can use vegan Parmesan cheese topping and fresh herbs to add bold flavor to this simple recipe, and together with a touch of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper, they bring out its flavor and make it a flexible complement to any meal.

7. Summer Squash Pasta

This Summer Squash Pasta dish mixes the sweetness of yellow summer squash with the heartiness of pasta for a tasty and refreshing meal. You can omit goat cheese or simply replace it with vegan cheese.

When the squash is sautéed, it gives the pasta a delectable blend of flavors as well as a subtle sweetness and appealing texture contrast. 

8. Shaved Summer Squash Salad

In this vivid and delicious salad, fresh yellow summer squash is showcased for its soft, crisp texture and subtle flavor.

The salad’s foundation is a squash that has been thinly sliced or spiralized, then tossed with a tangy vinaigrette and topped with thyme, basil, nuts, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, or vegan cheese for the best flavor and texture contrast.

9. Sautéed Yellow Squash and Onions

Featuring the subtle sweetness of yellow squash and the savory depth of caramelized onions, Sautéed Yellow Squash and Onions is a timeless and comforting recipe.

This recipe is quick and easy; just turn the yellow squash a couple of times in the pan to achieve the desired tenderness. Remove the squash from the heat and add some salt and pepper.

The sautéing process brings out the natural flavors of the vegetables and makes a deliciously juicy, balanced dish. It’s indeed a perfect summer dish.

10. Vegan Garden Squash Casserole

This vegan take on a classic casserole has layers of yellow summer squash, onion, fresh basil, and a luscious creamy cheese sauce; all finished with a crispy panko topping and fresh herbs.

Yellow squash or zucchini are used in this meal, along with a dairy-free, creamy sauce, then cooked until tender.

Vegan Garden Squash Casserole is perfect for any occasion, and yet it still really shines at outdoor gatherings in the warmer months.

11. Creamy Yellow Squash Soup

This silky smooth Creamy Yellow Squash Soup is bursting with summer’s best produce: fresh yellow squash, creamy potatoes, and all the spices you could want.

This is a fantastic method for using up leftover squash from your garden or the seasonal squash available at your grocery store.

If you’re using leftovers, just remember not to store them in the freezer, as they tend to have a watery texture when thawed.

This hearty soup in a large bowl is surprisingly easy to prepare despite its hearty flavor. To make it vegan, you can substitute with vegetable broth and coconut cream.

12. Spiralized Yellow Squash Noodles with Basil & Mint

Prepared by using a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer, yellow summer squash is transformed into thin, noodle-like strands for Spiralized Summer Squash “Noodles” with Basil & Mint.

This is a fresh take on a classic that showcases the season’s bounty with a unique texture and presentation, perfect for sharing.

Full of flavor and fiber, this yellow squash noodles recipe is a great go-to recipe to serve every summer for those looking for a grain-free choice.

13. Lemon Squash Poppy Seed Bread

If you’ve never tried using lemon squash instead of regular lemon juice on traditional Lemon Poppy Seed bread, try this tasty variation that your family will love.

It uses finely grated yellow summer squash to create a sweet and delicious crusty bread with the ideal amount of moisture. Simply use flax eggs instead of regular eggs to make it fully vegan.

The lemon’s tang, the poppy seeds’ crunch, and the squash’s gentle sweetness come together in perfect harmony in this dish, making it a great way to use the fresh vegetables from your garden and leaving you feeling like you’re devouring a tasty loaf from heaven.

14. Pickled Sweet Yellow Squash

If you have some yellow squash and are tired of eating it raw, Pickled Sweet Yellow Squash is a delicious way to get a quick and easy fix to your dilemma.

Yellow squash is sliced very thinly and then mixed with other ingredients like sugar, vinegar, and onions to prepare this dish.

No special canning equipment is needed! These refrigerator pickles make for a tasty treat that is ideal as a delicious summer side dish or snack.

15. Summer Squash Tomato Gratin

The Summer Squash Tomato Gratin recipe nestles a combination of summer squashes and tomatoes mixed with bell peppers and shallots.

This gratin is not only simple to prepare but also yields a delicious side dish that is perfect for showcasing summer’s bounty. All you need is to use vegan cheeses for the topping.

This tasty summer squash recipe can be cooked with a variety of seasonal veggies, including zucchini.

16. Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash Rounds

The key to the wonderful simplicity of Baked Parmesan Yellow Squash Rounds is the thinly sliced squash, which is delicately coated in olive oil for a little extra flavor and crispness.

This cheesy dish bakes squash can be made with vegan parmesan. The squash softens, and the cheese is melted on top.

Towards the end of baking, remove the baking sheets or parchment paper and use freshly-grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of the tender squash.

The end product is a delicious side dish covered in grated parmesan cheese, which perfectly balances the soft roasted squash. Serve immediately for the best flavor and texture.

17. Baked Panko Crusted Yellow Squash Fritters

If you’re looking for a tasty substitute for French fries, try these Baked Panko Crusted Yellow Squash Fritters.

These fritters are a breeze to whip up and are perfect for a light meal or as an appetizer. Using flax eggs for replacing regular eggs to make it a true vegan delight!

The fritters’ crunchy panko breadcrumb coating complements the soft, delicious yellow squash inside and makes it even better. Using yellow squash in this way is both creative and delicious.

18. Italian Ratatouille

The Italian Ratatouille is a culinary delight that mixes yellow squash, zucchini, and fresh tomatoes on a lake of creamy tomato sauce.

A mixture of herbs and fresh tomatoes, pureed to perfection, float like boats on this dish. You can also try adding a liberal amount of pecorino cheese to add some extra tanginess to the dish.

The preparation is straightforward, just like you would expect from an authentic Italian kitchen recipe. The result is a mouthwatering medley of flavors that leaves you craving for more.

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18 Best Yellow Squash Recipes To Savor This Season

From crispy fritters to refreshing salads, these 18 yellow squash recipes will take your culinary skills to new heights. Get inspired and start cooking today!
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: SHU-CHUN


  • This collection of recipes includes something for everyone, from colorful and refreshing yellow squash salads to warm and satisfying main courses.

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