21 Ways to Cook Zucchini This Summer

Whether rolled, grilled as a side, or even baked into an in-season loaf, it's plain to see this summer squash is as versatile as it is verdant.

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Zucchini Carpaccio

Debi and Gabriele use a mandoline to slice zucchini paper-thin, which allows the lemon-and-olive oil dressing to be absorbed easily by the verdant vegetable. 

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Risotto-Stuffed Peppers and Zucchini

Rachael's summer vegetables take on a refined air when stuffed with decadent risotto and a regal pinch of saffron. Citrus zest and juice brighten up the buttery dish, while oven-browned panko adds a contrasting crunch.

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Zucchini and Pineapple Bread

The trick to jazzing up classic zucchini bread? Pineapple. The tropical fruit adds a little sweetness, and walnuts lend some crunch — you just need to top a slice with butter for a finishing touch.

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Zucchini Parmesan Subs

Thick slices of zucchini form the "meat" of this sandwich after being fried with a light panko crumb coating. They're so delicious when layered with provolone and a variety of ripe tomatoes that you might be tempted to permanently sub out your summer sub.

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Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbs and Cheese

This simple yet elegant zucchini appetizer stuffed with goat cheese and herbs gets a smoky char from the grill and fresh tang from a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bread With Pecans

This easy buttermilk bread has it all: zucchini, chocolate and pecans. Bake up a few loaves and pass them out to friends and family.

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Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

Bulk up whole-wheat fettuccine by working zucchini ribbons (mandoline-sliced or thinly cut strips) into your pasta bowl. Sprigs of basil and parsley and large red-pepper flakes add ample flavor and round out this dish's rainbow spectrum.

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Marinated Zucchini and Summer Squash

An acidic dressing of white-wine vinegar and lemon juice brightens and provides body to mild slices of zucchini and summer squash before they are grilled with garlic and thyme leaves.

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Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Enjoy a crunchy app without the fryer fat with these baked zucchini coins. Coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan, they develop a crisp brown crust that makes them superb for snacking or a satisfying side.

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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

What's the key to artful presentation and ensuring that all your ingredients cook at the same pace? Slice zucchini into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler, thread them with shrimp onto skewers, and marinate the lot with a chile-mint mixture before grilling.

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Fried Zucchini

Giada fries Parmesan- and panko crumb-coated zucchini strips in olive oil for a summer side that's as crisp and satisfying as potato fries, but far more flavorful.

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Zucchini Salad

Frisee and a handful of herbs keep flavors fresh in this rustic salad, while a zesty dressing of anchovy paste, Dijon mustard and sherry vinegar provides serious zip. Don't skip the anchovy paste; its mellow, savory quality really ups the umami factor in this mix.

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Hummus and Grilled Vegetable Wrap

Grill zucchini slices and layer them with hummus, sweet red peppers, fresh spinach and mint in a tortilla for a colorful and crunchy wrap that's nutritious and filling.

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Grilled-Vegetable Salad with Feta and Mint

Give this light and refreshing salad a boost of flavor by grilling the red pepper, eggplant, onion and zucchini before tossing with fresh tomato and mint.

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Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill

Greek fritters, or keftedes, can be made with all kinds of ingredients, including summer's quintessential vegetable: zucchini. Fried until golden brown and served with a dollop of cooling Greek yogurt, the vegetarian fritters are the perfect party hors d'oeuvre.

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Zucchini-Pear Soup

Pears give this velvety soup subtle sweetness. Mark Bittman garnishes it with fresh mint as well as diced raw zucchini and pears for crunch.

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Zucchini Chili

This unique and healthy spin on vegetarian chili uses chopped zucchini as a base.

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Baked Fried Green Tomatoes and Zucchini

Bobby Deen lightens up a Southern summer staple by baking green tomatoes until crisp instead of deep-frying them. He adds zucchini to the mix for more veggie variety.

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Frittata with Zucchini

Diced zucchini and zucchini blossoms give this frittata fresh-from-the-garden flavor while Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese adds richness and its distinct salty-sweet flavor.

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Potato Latkes with Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini and Fried Eggs

Serve this savory, filling take on potato pancakes as a breakfast-inspired dinner or for a hearty brunch. Ricotta cheese, zucchini, tomatoes and a fried egg pair as perfectly with the browned shredded taters as they would with morning hash browns.

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Zucchini Meatballs

A bright tomato salad brings perfect balance to David Rocco's decadent zucchini meatballs. These meatless patties are laced with two Italian cheeses and pan-fried until golden.

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