20 Easy Zucchini Side Dishes for Every Meal

You'll want to keep these delicious recipes on your radar for this summer!


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Is there anything quite like biting in to a crisp and fresh zucchini? The delicious vegetable has vitamins A and K, and is low in calories, too. Perfect to eat on its own, the humble zucchini is also versatile as can be with a mild flavor that can complement seasonings and herbs with more robust flavors. Whether you grow your own zucchini or simply plan to stock up on the vegetable at your favorite farmers market, one thing is certain. You'll need a few easy zucchini recipes to make the most of your bounty!

With this recipe collection of 20 Easy Zucchini Side Dishes for Every Meal, you'll find classic recipes as well as new and fresh ideas on how to cook with zucchini. From zucchini bread that can be served at brunch to a delightful and easy summer salad that features the delicious vegetable, you won't run out of ways to cook and bake with zucchini! You'll also find several tips on the best ways to select and prepare zucchini, so you can cook and bake with confidence. 

Zucchini Side Dishes That Will Complement Any Meal

Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki

The next time company comes over, step up your cooking game in a big way by slicing, dicing, and even frying your way through these delicious zucchini side dish recipes. If you'd like to add even more zucchini to a meal — and who wouldn't? — then consider serving these recipes as appetizers, too. Your guests will love the crisp and crunchy flavors in these recipes for side dishes.  

Tip: If you don't grow your own zucchini, then you might be wondering where you can purchase zucchini blossoms. Your favorite farmers market is likely to be a good source of this delicacy, as is any well-stocked grocery store or produce center. The blossoms are best when prepared the day they are purchased, so don't dely in cooking them. 

Make Lunch or Dinner with These Zucchini Salads

Pan-grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad

Picture a bowl of salad, and you likely picture some lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and maybe a few carrots. But what about summer salad recipes that feature zucchini in a big way? These easy zucchini recipes will be a refreshing addition to just about any meal. Although you can serve the following salad recipes as a side dish, there's nothing to stop you from serving them as the main course for lunch or dinner! Just add your favorite fresh-baked bread or breadsticks to the meal, and you will have a hearty lunch that is full of flavor and crunch. 

Tip: Need a little help selecting the right zucchini? The best zucchini to select depends on the recipe. If you plan to cook the zucchini, then Utah State University Cooperative Extension recommends selecting zucchini that is no more than about 8 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter. The organization notes that larger zucchini can be used to make zucchini bread and other baked treats.

Warm up with Baked Zucchini Side Dish Recipes

Baked Zucchini with Parmesan

When the weather starts to cool down, turn up the heat with these delicious baked side dishes that include plenty of zucchini. The flavorful recipes are easy to make and can be served with your favorite recipe for roast, pizza, and other main dishes. These vegetarian side dishes are so filling that they can even be served as main courses. Get ready to dig in when you make these recipes!

Tip: If you're planning to store zucchini for more than a day or so before preparing it, then keep it stored in a plastic produce bag in your refrigerator for up to one week. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources notes the zucchini should be unwashed and dry before placing it in the refrigerator.

Start Your Day with These Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Salsa

You can never go wrong with zucchini side dish recipes for breakfast or brunch! From a sweet loaf of bread to savory egg dishes and everything in between, these zucchini recipes will get everyone talking. You'll find these recipes are easy to make, and some recipes can even be made in advance, then frozen until it is time to serve.

Tip: Unless the recipe specifies otherwise, plan to grate your zucchini on the smallest hole on your grater. Finely grating the zucchini will prevent it from clumping and sinking to the bottom of your baked item. You can also pat dry your grated zucchini so that it does not add moisture to the baked item. 

What is your favorite zucchini side dish recipe?


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Hi everyone! My name is Megan Horst-Hatch, and I am the site editor of Let's talk about zucchini! My favorite side dish with zucchini would definitely have to be the classic zucchini bread. I always plan to make an extra loaf or two for freezing, but my family usually ends up eating it before I do! ) What's your favorite zucchini side dish recipe? Let us know in the comments below.


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