20 Vibrant Summer Squash Recipes

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We’ve rounded up the tastiest yellow summer squash recipes for you. This list includes pad thai, tacos, tofu bowls, and ribbon salad!

Summer is the best time of the year, when produce is abundant and generous neighbors are eager to gift summer squash from their gardens.

Tangled vines that are dotted with happy yellow squashes at the peak of summer are a sight that will not only make you happy to see but also make your tummy rumble with hunger! 

Squash is a beautifully versatile vegetable that can be easily transformed. Taste the essence of summer with these selected recipes!

Check out what to make with zucchini, eggplant, and cauliflower next.

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Vibrant Summer Squash Recipes

Easy Raw Vegan Pad Thai Salad
Raw pad thai is the ideal summer lunch or light dinner. Colorful summer squash ribbons replace rice noodles in this low-carb and fresh recipe. Each crunchy veggie is coated in a creamy peanut sauce that is lip-smackingly delicious!
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two bowls of colorful spiralized veggies topped with edamame, tofu and a creamy peanut butter sauce
Vegan Squash Casserole
A family-favorite side dish that's tasty all year, this squash casserole is a comforting hue of yellow and tastes great fresh out of the oven! A savory cream sauce bakes with thin slices of squash while a cracker crumble topping adds the right amount of crunch – so delicious!
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Vegan Savory Yellow Squash
This chicken-style simmered squash is a feel-good side that everyone will love. Zucchini and yellow squash cook until tender in a broth of vegan chicken seasoning, olive oil, and nutritional yeast. The ultra-savory result is a hearty topping to a warm baked potato.
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easy squash recipe
Summer Squash Rigatoni
Simple pasta dishes are often the best, and this summer squash rigatoni is just that. Vegan butter, garlic, basil, and small chopped squash create the uncomplicated accompaniment to wholesome pasta – the essence of summer in every bite!
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Vegan summer squash rigatoni
Black Bean Tacos with Summer Vegetables
Enjoy the whole garden with these harvest-focused squash tacos. A medley of vegetables and black beans cooked with familiar Mexican spices creates a kid-approved taco dinner – ready in 30 minutes!
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Black Bean Tacos with Summer Vegetables
Lentil Stuffed Summer Squash
Fill your dinner table with a dish that is well-balanced and beautiful. These stuffed squash boats are simple to make and packed with protein. Flavorful herbed lentils nestled into the hollowed-out zucchini and finished with an avocado crema!
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Lentil Stuffed Summer Squash
Vegan Air Fryer Squash
Skip the bag of chips and upgrade your snack game with these crunchy squash bites. Panko-crusted squash slices are spritzed with oil and clicked into the air fryer for a few minutes before emerging as a mouthwatering crispy appetizer!
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Vegan breaded squash
Summer Squash and Zucchini Ribbons
Paper-thin ribbons of summer squash are an eye-catching dish. Just a few simple ingredients enhance the squash's natural flavor, and after a short saute in the skillet, they are ready to enjoy! A perfect summer side dish.
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Roasted Squash and Zucchini Galette
This rustic galette is meant to be enjoyed. The delicate edge of folded flaky pastry over pillowy vegan ricotta and sliced squash is a French-inspired masterpiece. A generous sprinkle of pine nuts makes the finished galette even more elegant.
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summer squash zucchini galette
Summer Squash Sauté
No matter what kitchen you prepare this dish in, make it feel like home with a symphony of tasty cooked summer squash. A dusting of herbs, vegan parmesan, and cherry tomatoes complete the dish. Enjoy as a side, with pasta, or however you fancy!
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summer squash saute
Vegan Squash Blossom Tacos
Skip the vegetables and forge for the beautiful squash blossoms only. An edible summer flower that also tastes amazing. Lightly battered and fried, then tucked into a taco shell and dressed with familiar flavors, this taco is like nothing you've experienced before – so good!
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Vegan Squash Blossom Tacos
Creamy White Pasta with Summer Vegetables
Everyone loves pasta, and when you find a veggie-packed recipe that veers away from the marinara, it's always worth trying! This gorgeous summer vegetable pasta deserves a gold star. With the right balance of flavor and texture, it's a dinner everyone will enjoy.
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White Pasta with Summer Vegetables
Easy Calabacitas
Take a trip south of the border with this authentic calabacitas recipe. This sauteed squash is perfect for enjoying with a tortilla, on rice, or as a side. The creamy yet flavor-packed medley explodes with flavor; a tiny sprinkle of vegan mozzarella makes it even better!
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Almond Butter Tofu Bowl with Summer Squash
An uncomplicated dinner that can be easily customized from what you have on hand. A creamy almond butter sauce adds nutritious fats and flavor to this lean meal. And cheerful summer squash brightens the bowl and makes the dish feel complete.
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almond butter tofu bowl
Creamy Summer Squash Soup
A gorgeous soup is tasty all year round, curated with warm spices. This dish is anti-inflammatory and beautifully simple to make. A bushel of summer squash simmers in a coconut broth spiked with traditional curry spices, then blended until velvety smooth!
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summer squash soup
Grilled Yellow Squash
Green your grill with this yellow squash bbq recipe. Smokey, tender, and a crowd-pleasing side dish at any backyard feast, this clean dish is great for fueling summertime fun. A drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of seasoning is all you need – meal-prep friendly!
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grilled yellow squash
Summer Squash Ribbon Salad
Refresh your palate with this nutritious ribbon salad. Paper-thin strips of summer squash are tossed with grilled corn, cherry tomatoes, and herb dressing! A dish that will make you glow from the inside out.
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summer squash ribbon salad
Grilled Ratatouille Sandwich
This roasted ratatouille sandwich was created for summer! Smoky grilled squash and eggplant are stacked onto soft ciabatta bread smothered in garlicky white bean dip. A fresh tomato and lettuce slice adds a beautiful crunch to this veggie-packed meal.
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summer squash sandwich
Summer Squash Salad with Basil Dressing
The snap of a par-boiled green bean tangled with delicate squash ribbons is a texture combination that is playfully irresistible. This nourishing dish is an extension of the veggie patch, and celebrates summer's best flavors!
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Summer squash with blossom

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20 Vibrant Summer Squash Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
We’ve rounded up the tastiest summer squash recipes for you. This list includes pad thai, tacos, tofu bowls, and ribbon salad!
Serves 4


Ratatouille Soup

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 2 summer squash chopped
  • 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and onion. Sauté until translucent, then add garlic. 
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add zucchini, squash, and Italian seasoning. Sauté for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once the zucchini and squash are soft, adjust the soup to taste preferences and serve hot with some rustic bread. Enjoy!


  • Feel free to add some cannellini beans or chickpeas to this soup.
  • Any veggies of your choice can also be incorporated!
  • Find 20 more summer squash recipes in the article above.
Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: Italian
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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