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16 Recipes to use up your summer squash overload

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Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

We're all familiar with zucchini, but what about its yellow cousin, the summer squash? This time of year, if you've got a few plants, you could end up with way more squash than you know what to do with.

Use up the season's squash bounty, and take advantage of the light flavor of your favorite summer variety with one of these tasty recipes.

1. Zephyr squash refrigerator pickles

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Anyone who gardens knows that a bumper crop is simultaneously the best and worst thing that can happen to you. If you've got an overabundance of squash and don't want to miss out on all the squashy goodness, try these spicy squash pickles to share with friends.

2. Crooked neck squash soup with chèvre and tarragon oil

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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A simple summer recipe is usually the perfect go-to for a Saturday lunch with the girls on the patio. This squash soup with chèvre and tarragon oil fits the bill.

3. Achiote grilled sunburst squash

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Use achiote to add an earthy, peppery flavor to grilled sunburst (also called pattypan) squash to complement your favorite smoked meats during grilling season.

4. Heirloom summer squash sandwich

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Quick, delicious, vegetarian and utterly gourmet — does it get better than this for lunch? Prep everything for the heirloom tomato and squash sandwich at home, and you can even take it to work to complete the assembly there.

5. Baked summer squash chips

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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These baked summer squash chips are a healthier alternative to greasy potato chips.

6. Indian crepes with summer squash and tomato-chickpea masala

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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These savory crepes are bursting with the flavors of summer squash, tomato and chickpea masala.

7. Tomato, squash and fresh mozzarella tart

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Brunch has never been better than with this tomato, squash and mozzarella cheese tart.

8. Thai red curry cod with squash and zucchini

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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This boldly flavored white fish dish takes advantage of two delectable summer squashes.

9. Summer squash and zucchini sauté

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Here's a quick idea: Sauté up some summer squash with Parm, and take your barbecue to the next level.

10. Squash and tomato pie

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Whether you serve it as an imaginative side for grilled, smoked or slow-roasted beef or put it in the spotlight as the main dish for brunch, this squash and tomato pie will surely satisfy.

11. Summer pasta salad with boursin

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Pasta salad is always a welcome dish at a barbecue. This summer pasta salad featuring squash packs the power you need at a cookout.

12. Zucchini, summer squash and tomato gratin

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Use this cheesy zucchini, summer squash and tomato gratin recipe to take advantage of your latest farmers market haul.

13. Tex-Mex squash casserole

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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As a Southerner, I have no choice but to include a true Texas riff on squash — this Tex-Mex squash casserole.

14. Eggplant, zucchini and squash curry

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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A lot of Americans are afraid of Indian dishes, but they're actually quite easy. Try this eggplant, zucchini and squash curry, and prove it… to yourself.

15. Squash and green chile casserole

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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Cast-iron skillets are a Southern fave, so why not amp up the "Southwestern-ness" of this squash and green chile casserole by doing it the "nuevo" old-fashioned way.

16. Zephyr squash summer salad

Seasonal summer squash recipes you have to try this summer

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The fresh herbs in this summery squash salad help layer on the flavor — with a hint of roasted summer corn for sweetness and balsamic for depth.

More squash recipes

Skillet apricot chicken with summer squash for an easy seasonal meal
Baked spaghetti squash casserole is a healthy twist on your pasta bake
GF Friday: Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes and Parmesan

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