25 Ways with Zucchini!

August 8th, 2013 at 6:06 am

Please don’t hate me for the sentence you’re about to read.

I don’t really like zucchini.

There. I said it!

As the summer weeks stretch on, I continue to feel like a bad foodie when I stumble upon dozens and dozens of zucchini recipes and don’t really bother to look at one of them. Give me a giant bowl of kale, piles of cucumbers, barrels of carrots, pounds of peppers, great big boatloads of lettuce and leafy greens—and I’ll happily eat it all. But zucchini? I think I’ll pass.

We never ate much zucchini growing up because, oddly enough, my mom gets a horrible stomach ache from it. She’s the only person I’ve ever met who cannot tolerate summer squash. For as bland and flavorless as they are, we’ve never been able to figure out what exactly causes the reaction, but suffice it to say that we never came close to eating zucchini when I was a kid, so that’s why I think I never developed a taste for it.

But don’t worry. Just because I don’t fall hook, line, and sinker for summer’s most bountiful backyard garden crop doesn’t mean you can’t! For all you zucchini lovers, I’ve rounded up 25 gluten-free zucchini recipes from across the web that will have you burning through your fridge-full of summer squash in no time. Enjoy!

(photo courtesy of Alyssa Rimmer)


Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread from Queen of Quinoa (pictured above)

Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Bread from The Balanced Platter

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Elana’s Pantry

Zucchini Almond Bread from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Loaf from She Let Them Eat Cake

Zucchini Apple Spice Loaf from Healthful Pursuit


(photo courtesy of Sonnet Lauberth)


Raw Zucchini & Tomato Lasagna from In Sonnet’s Kitchen (pictured above)

Zucchini Pie with Cilantro, Cumin & Lime from The Balanced Platter

Zucchini Fettucini from The Spunky Coconut

Minty Chicken Zucchini Kabobs from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Herbed Turkey Burgers with Zucchini Buns from Queen of Quinoa

Thai Fish Curry with Garden Vegetables from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Lamb-Stuffed Eight Ball Squash or Zucchini from Tasty Eats at Home

Warm Pesto Shrimp Zucchini Pasta from Healthful Pursuit

Zucchini Noodles with Lime Arugula Pesto from Queen of Quinoa


Salads & Sides

Zucchini Almond Bake from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

Sauteed Zucchini with Spinach & Basil Pesto from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Zucchini with Garlic from Simply Recipes

Zucchini Carpaccio from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Zucchini Caprese Salad from In Sonnet’s Kitchen

(photo courtesy of Maggie Savage)

More Fun Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini & Tahini Dip from She Let Them Eat Cake (pictured above)

Zucchini Rolls with Herbed Beans from Healthful Pursuit

Zucchini Pancakes from She Let Them Eat Cake

Zucchini Fritters from The Balanced Platter

Almond Flour Zucchini Sticks from Healthful Pursuit



  1. Thanks for the mention! Always appreciated and I have to confess that I LOVE zucchini!

  2. Beautiful list of ideas…and don’t feel too bad about your little admission there. My oldest doesn’t like it either. He eats so many other good things but I always have fun sneaking it into stuff. He never notices and it cracks me up because he swears he would die if he ate it. LOL
    Off to share your list now! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing my recipe! I feel ya – I don’t love every veggie. But this is a great roundup!

  4. We were the same in my house growing up–hardly ever saw it. I’m still not a huge fan, but do love it in my zucchini fritters and of course in zucchini bread. . . especially if you add chocolate, like the TBP Recipe and Maggie’s! ;)

  5. I’ve always had an aversion to zucchini; used to throw it up whenever I tried to eat it. So you’re in good company! To date, the only thing I will eat it in is zucchini bread but am interested in these recipes. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for terrific zucchini collection. Six new additions to my recipe box. All so appreciated.

  7. I’m not a big fan of zucchini either, although I seem to remember a pretty yummy zucchini bread recipe in The Pure Kitchen!

  8. This is amazing! There is always soooo much zucchini this time of year and I definitely need some creative ideas. Pinning this for sure! Thank you for sharing mine :)

  9. What a great list of recipes – I have my eye on that dip!

  10. I like zucchini sometimes, but have to admit that raw zucchini makes me gag. I still don’t get the zucchini noodle thing – it doesn’t taste anything like noodles!

    Love this list though, and I’m definitely down with the bread :)

  11. I’m with you about zucchini – it, along with yellow or crookneck squash is something I can easily not eat. It has always tasted bitter to me, and while I like bitter in my beer, I don’t in zucchini. I looked through your list, and I will join you in not making any of them… :-)

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