Did you know zucchini is also known as summer squash? Well, the summer is upon us and that means it’s time to make the most out of this delicious vegetable.
That’s right, zucchini is one of our favourite veggies to cook with, so here are 11 outstanding recipes that we think bring out the best in it. Here you’ll find appetisers, brunches and main courses that look and taste great as part of any summer spread.
Why not open your next picnic or barbecue by serving one of these delicious zucchini appetisers? Or just eat them as a light lunch when it’s too hot to eat.
Zucchini fritters with beetroot dip
These zucchini fritters are simple and delicious. Served on a bed of rocket and a healthy dollop of beetroot and feta dip, they’re also a colourful table presence.
Zucchini, tomato and mozzarella towers
Looking to start the meal with something simple but impressive. These zucchini, tomato and mozzarella towers make for a great gourmet plate and involve more building than cooking.
Gluten-free quinoa, zucchini and parmesan cake
This savoury cake is packed with nutritional goodness. With plenty of complete proteins, healthy fats, and carbs without the gluten, make this the vegetarian alternative you turn to the next time you need to resist a burger.
Battered zucchini flowers
If you can get your hands on zucchini flowers then this classic Italian appetiser is the recipe to turn to. These battered zucchini flowers are easy, if a little messy, and taste absolutely unreal. Added bonus: they’re vegan too.
Make the hottest days of the year easier to manage with these light but nutritious zucchini brunches.
This simple frittata works great as part of a delicious summer brunch spread or as a quick meal all by itself. The secret is parmesan cheese (isn’t it always?).
Add a healthy kick to your breakfast blinis by folding grated zucchini into the batter. Each one only takes a couple of minutes to fry up and you can serve them with pretty much anything you want. Perfect for self-serve brunch buffets.
Stuffed zucchini with cheese soufflé
Let’s take a moment to clarify what we mean by this. This isn’t stuffed zucchini served with a cheese soufflé on the side. The zucchini is stuffed with cheese soufflé. And yes, it really does taste as amazing as it sounds (you’ll wonder why things aren’t stuffed with soufflé more often).
Gluten-free zucchini, rocket and rice cake
Landing somewhere between a cake and a quiche, this tasty and versatile dish makes a great centrepiece to any gluten-free brunch.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, these zucchini main courses cover any summer food craving.
Zucchini spaghetti with meatballs
Going paleo? Then this zucchini spaghetti topped with succulent and saucy meatballs is the summer dish for you.
Tagliatelle with zucchini, peas and basil cream
Not going paleo? Then turn to this classic sunny-day pasta dish loaded with tasty summer greens. The pasta is traditionally cooked in chicken stock, but you can easily substitute vegetable stock if you want to make it meat-free.