33 Fresh Zucchini Recipes to Make with Your Farmers' Market Haul

Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Fresh zucchini is one of those core summertime staples that we load up on at the farmers' market each week. We love this vegetable for its versatility. Zucchini can be sliced, diced, or spiraled; it can be raw, roasted, or grilled, served warm or cold. It can be prepared as a simple side, baked into a casserole, or act as the star component of a main dish.

When cooked well, zucchini develops a wonderful caramelized flavor and golden-brown color while also maintaining a slight crunch. While we incorporate zucchini into our favorite dishes for its flavor alone, the vegetable stands among eggplant and squash as a great substitute for meat or carb-heavy foods. Use zucchini as a low-carb noodle option in your lasagna, or trade out those greasy French fries for zucchini fries. Zucchini will be your new secret ingredient to accommodate dietary restrictions, from gluten-free to vegan. It also takes well to grilling, making this summer vegetable the ideal easy side dish for your barbecue feast.

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Reunion Pea Casserole

Reunion Pea Casserole
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole

Sliced zucchini and yellow squash get a cheesy crust to top this veggie-packed casserole.

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Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Zucchini Fries

With these crisp-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside zucchini fries, you'll never miss greasy potato.

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Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna

Swap heavy pasta noodles out for healthier latticed zucchini strips.

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Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Zucchini Bread Pancakes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Proof zucchini recipes don't have to be all savory. This one takes the delicately sweet flavor of zucchini quick bread, and turns it into pillow-light pancakes.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

This decadent chocolate cake is packed full of zucchini, making it a sly way to convince your kids to eat their vegetables.

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Sautéed Squash and Zucchini

Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

Recipe: Sautéed Squash and Zucchini

A simple sautée is one of our favorite ways to prepare summertime zucchini. This side dish will be a staple in your dinner rotation.

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Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fresh Vegetable Lasagna

Trade the ground beef for fresh summer veggies in this vegetarian-friendly lasagna recipe. With mushroom, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, and onion, this dish is as bright and colorful as it is delicious.

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Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella

Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Zucchini and Mozzarella

This family-friendly pasta dish can be baked in a casserole dish or a springform pan for a cake-like display.

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Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables

There's no better weeknight dinner than a nice big pasta bake.

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Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Bright nectarines, sliced zucchini, and acidic lime vinaigrette bring lightness to this fresh take on a summer pasta salad.

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Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole

Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole

Cheddar and asiago cheeses complement all the fresh summer veggies in this fan-favorite casserole.

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Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad

Have some extra produce from your farmers' market haul? Toss it in this adaptable, fresh pasta salad!

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Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes

Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes

This square meal features individually-portioned pork, zucchini, yellow squash, and small red potatoes. It's a complete dinner from one sheet tray.

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Cheese Cracker-Topped Squash Casserole

Cheese Cracker-Topped Squash Casserole Recipe
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Cheese Cracker-Topped Squash Casserole

A creative cheese cracker topping keeps this squash casserole kid-friendly.

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Zucchini-Onion Frittata

Zucchini-Onion Frittata
Southern Living

Recipe: Zucchini-Onion Frittata

This easy frittata will be a stunning addition to your breakfast or brunch spread. Garnish with chopped plum tomatoes for an extra burst of color.

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Zucchini-Potato Casserole

Zucchini-Potato Casserole
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Casserole

This stunning side pays aesthetic homage to famed French ratatouille, while the use of potato, zucchini, and tomato earns it the status of an American classic.

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Squash and Green Chile Casserole

Squash and Green Chile Casserole
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Squash and Green Chile Casserole

Green chiles add a soft, mild spice to this Tex-Mex casserole. Serve as a main dish or a hearty side.

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Lemon Pepper-Salmon Kebabs

Lemon Pepper-Salmon Kebabs
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Lemon Pepper-Salmon Kebabs

Heart-healthy salmon gets a fun summer makeover with this colorful kebab recipe.

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Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets with Red Potatoes and Zucchini

Cajun Shrimp with Red Potatoes and Zucchini
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets with Red Potatoes and Zucchini

Fire up the grill for this fresh summer supper that requires zero cleanup.

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Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Air-Fryer Zucchini Chips

If you're looking for healthy snacks that don't come in a bag, grab your Air Fryer—even the kids will love these crispy veggie chips.

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Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

This fresh risotto is fancy enough for at-home date night.

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Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad

Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Baby Zucchini-and-Tomato Salad

This light and bright take on panzanella is a gorgeous side dish to accompany any summer dish.

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Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto

Making homemade pesto is so much easier than you might think, so leave the jar behind.

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Grilled Shrimp-and-Squash Pasta with Summer Herbs

Grilled Shrimp-and-Squash Pasta with Summer Herbs
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp-and-Squash Pasta with Summer Herbs

This 30-minute pasta dinner is light, fresh, and pretty enough to invite the neighbors over for an easy summer dinner.

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Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna

Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna

Meatless Monday has never been so indulgent as this easy lasagna recipe.

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Fried Zucchini Straws

Fried Zucchini Straws
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Fried Zucchini Straws

Instead of a bag of frozen French fries, try this healthier fried side on burger night.

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Grilled Vegetables with Chickpeas, Feta, and Couscous

Grilled Vegetable Foil Packets with Chickpeas, Feta, and Couscous
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Grilled Vegetables with Chickpeas, Feta, and Couscous

Foil packet dinners are our favorite secret weapon when we're on dish duty.

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Squash Ribbon Salad

Squash Ribbon Salad
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Squash Ribbon Salad

Using your vegetable peeler, you can make even the simplest salad a beautiful addition to any meal.

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Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini

Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini

Store-bought helpers like refrigerated tortellini and pesto bring this family-friendly dinner together in a snap.

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Squash Frittata

Squash Frittata
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Squash Frittata

Serve up a photo-ready weekend brunch with this simple frittata recipe.

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Chicken-and-Shrimp Kebabs with Summer Vegetables and Basil Oil

Chicken-and-Shrimp Kebabs with Summer Vegetables and Basil Oil
Photo: Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Chicken-and-Shrimp Kebabs with Summer Vegetables and Basil Oil

If you're gearing up for a summer cookout, make the basil vinaigrette a day or two in advance and store it in the fridge.

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Baked Pork Tenderloin

Baked Pork Tenderloin with Shaved Vegetable Salad
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Pork Tenderloin

This baked pork tenderloin, served with a simple salad of fresh shaved veggies, can get dressed up for the holidays but is easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

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Zucchini-Mint Pasta

Zucchini-Mint Pasta
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Zucchini-Mint Pasta

Tossing vegetables, herbs, and fresh lemon in with thick ribbons of pasta helps lighten the dish for the summertime.

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