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8 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.

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. Zucchilattas

Sneak some zucchini into some cheesy tortillas and you've a tasty snack that everyone loves.


Photo by Sherri

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. Chicken Zoodle Soup

Finally, a chicken soup that's even healthier than regular chicken noodle soup.


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