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9 Surprisingly Different Zucchini Side Dishes

A side order of zucchini, please.

Every zucchini grower knows that by the end of the summer, you’ll be begging for someone to take that mountain of zucchinis off your hands. The zucchini glut is a universal problem.  There’s even a special holiday in August designed to help people offload their zucchinis. It’s not that people who grow zucchini don’t like them  — there's just too many of them, and they keep coming.  Sometimes it's also hard to think of recipes beyond the usual stuffed zucchini and zucchini bread. To help you with your zucchini bounty, we’ve come up with a list of deliciously different recipes to get you excited about your homegrown zucchinis.

Some of Our Best Zucchini Side Dishes

1. Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta

This low-carb version of ravioli is easy, cheesy and good for you.

Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

2. Zucchini Waffles (Green Waffles)

Zucchini patties are great, but who wants to stand over a hot skillet on a sunny day. Use your waffle iron instead for extra quick and crispy patties.

Zucchini Waffles (Green Waffles)

Photo by Christina

3. Greek Zoodle Salad

You don't need a fancy spiralizer to make zucchini noodles, check out these genius tricks for making zoodles with regular kitchen tools.  Then, go make this heavenly Greek salad.

4. Japanese Zucchini and Onions

This Asian-inspired dish will be your new favorite way to eat zucchini.

Japanese Zucchini and Onions

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole!

5. Grilled Zucchini Pizza

This is a great recipe to get kids to eat their green veggies. It's also easy to make, so the kids can help too.

Grilled Zucchini Pizza

Photo by Traci-in-Cali

6. Zucchini Ribbon and Spinach Saute

"Serving this dish with fresh grilled fish is a perfect combination," says Cindy Anschutz Barbieri. "Zucchini can be grilled, fried, sauteed, or eaten raw in a salad. I grew up eating zucchini and eggs for breakfast, and now I just love making pasta with this versatile vegetable!"

Zucchini Ribbon and Spinach Saute

Photo by Cindy Anschutz Barbieri

7. Apple and Zucchini Salad

It's a surprising combination, but this mix of flavors really works.

Apple and Zucchini Salad

Photo by Jody

8. Asparagus-Zucchini Rice

"This is a great side dish -- fast, flexible and easy (cooks in 1 pan)!" says Janet. "I serve it with fish, but it would also go great with chicken. You can use it with any style of rice. Try different vegetables, too!"

Asparagus-Zucchini Rice

Photo by naples34102

9. Deep-Fried Zucchini Spirals

"We have always enjoyed fried zucchini," says SHORECOOK. "So when I saw the clever way to spiral cut them, I thought why not deep fry them like onion strings. I did and they were a hit! Sprinkle with Old Bay® to make this a perfect side dish for seafood. They can also be served as an appetizer with your favorite dip. The zucchini may be cut into chips if you do not have a spiral slicer."

Deep-Fried Zucchini Spirals

Photo by SHORECOOK

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.