4th Annual Summer Squash Recipe Round Up and Linky

Each summer I compile a list of summer squash recipes to address the abundance that a few squash plants can provide. Below is a list of delicious recipes created to help you use up your summer squash. This year I am adding the option for you to link up your squash recipes at the bottom of this post.

Summer Squash is a broad term that includes all squash that reach maturity in the summer (instead of fall squash like pumpkins). When I am in the garden I am inclusive in my definition, but once I step into the kitchen I tend to limit my definition to the yellow varieties.

Recipe to use up Squash

 Recipes that allow us to savor fresh picked squash:

Squash Julienne

Scalloped Squash

Garden Pasta Primavera

Summer Squash with Herbs

Saucy Summer Squash Skillet

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas

Sautéed Summer Squash and Zucchini

Herbed Chicken on Vegetable Confetti

Sautéed Squash with Onions Shelia at KnitsCooksCrochets prepares her yellow squash in a similar manner only she sautés her onions in butter instead of olive oil.

Breakfast Recipes with Squash:

Fiesta Egg Puffs

Vegetable Frittata

Mediterranean Garden Frittata

Hash Browns with Summer Squash

Don’t feel guilty sneaking squash into breakfast recipes. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You can also work summer squash into lunch with recipes like this Squash Calzone:

Recipes where the squash acquires more flavor from the recipe’s other ingredients:

Veggie Enchiladas

Chicken Squash Bake

Easy Stir-Fry with Squash

Southwest Squash Lasagna

Chicken Pesto and Couscous Salad

Angel Hair Squash with Garden Vegetables

Pasta and Vegetables in Lemon Parmesan Sauce

Squash-sagna and here are more recipes that use squash as an alternative to noodles

Squash Tips:

If someone give you a large yellow squash, enjoy it, but if you are buying it by the pound choose smaller squash since they have fewer seeds.

Grated summer squash can be used to replace carrots in carrot cake or zucchini in zucchini bread!

You can freeze your squash. Cut it up into bite size pieces or shred it then freeze it. Erin at $5 Dinners cuts up summer squash along with zucchini, carrots, onion,and celery then freezes it so she can pull it out and add it when she makes Zucchini Freezer Soup.

Amy at The Finer Things in Life  has compiled a wonderful list of zucchini recipes, many of which could be adapted to include summer squash.

You can pickle squash! Kendra at New Life on the Homestead shares her recipe for Squash Pickles.

You can eat summer squash raw. Try adding some to your next salad or one of these salads:  Italian Squash Salad, Pasta Salad with Squash, and  Southwest Pasta Salad.

You can easily grill squash. Cut yellow squash in half inch thick slices, coat with your favorite marinade, and grill it alongside your steaks. Grilled Squash is great in Grilled Ratatouille.

What is your favorite way to eat squash? If you have any favorite summer squash recipes that you would like to share, use the linky below to add it to the round up. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to share a recipe or link in the comments.

To add your summer squash recipe, include a link to this round up in your post. Then link to your summer squash post, rather than to your blog.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Wow, I am feeling a bit jealous here…Thanks to the rain in England, I have yet to actually be able to plant my garden, let alone harvest anything … I am hoping to be able to get some plants in when I get home :-) It will be lovely to have this wonderful post with lots of inspiring recipes on hand when I (hopefully) harvest some bounty much later this year!

  2. Hi Alea,

    What a FUN round up. I just love summer squash. I just made a vegan, grain free, SCD legal lasagna with yellow summer squash and sauteed onions.

    Thanks for allowing us to share.


    • Thanks for sharing your recipe Amber, it looks delicious! I like how you cut your squash. I usually cut mine length wise, but your way looks much more manageable.

  3. Thanks so much for this list! Our squash plants have just begun producing but I’m already looking for more ways to cook them.

  4. Good job Alea! I don’t have the garden I’d hoped for this year but I’m always the recipient of lots of summer squash. It’s nice to have a collection of recipes on hand.

  5. Thanks for all the ideas!! Within a month, we’ll have gobs of zucchini and yellow squash from our CSA farm here in Pennsylvania. I love it, but it is a challenge to prepare for my 7-year-old because he doesn’t really like the consistency.

  6. Where I live, you can’t really get summer squash, only zucchini, but I find them to be pretty interchangable in recipes. One of my favorite recipes is a “rainbow salad spears” salad- long thin slices of squash, long carrot spears, pepper spears, green beans, etc… marinated in a viniagrette with sugar, vinegar, garlic, raw onions, salt, pepper, etc… and then after you marinade it, you tie the sticks in bundles with a scallion for a fancy presentation… Or just serve it as is if you don’t care about the fanciness, only the taste.

  7. Our squash plants are just starting to bloom, but I have bookmarked this page for when we have more than we know what to do with! Thanks for providing such a great list of recipes and sharing them with Delicious Dish Tuesday :)

  8. I LOVE these! We love squash and really love to BBQ it. Thanks for these other great ideas, and for the awesome tips! I’m so happy to know I can freeze it!
    Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dish Tuesday!

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