Caprese (pictured at left) Bias-slice zucchini and grill with halved cherry tomatoes for 4 to 6 minutes; turn once. Toss on platter with fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar and snipped fresh basil.
Kabobs Thread zucchini slices, summer squash pieces and onion wedges on skewers. Brush with olive oil mixed with salt, pepper and lemon peel. Grill 8 to 10 minutes.
Packets Drizzle sliced zucchini with Italian or balsamic salad dressing and wrap in foil packets. Grill packet 6 to 8 minutes.
Ribbons Slice zucchini lengthwise; brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 3 to 4 minutes per side until softened and charred. Sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh dill.
Tacos (pictured at left) Halve and slice zucchini. Saute in olive oil 3 to 4 minutes; season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Serve with shredded cooked chicken in warm flour tortillas.
Sauced Saute sliced or chopped zucchini in olive oil with crushed garlic and sliced mushrooms about 4 minutes or until tender. Add a little heavy cream, and cook until thickened. Season to taste; serve over pasta. Top with Parmesan.
Asian Julienne zucchini and saute in olive oil with chopped shallots about 4 minutes or until tender. Season with toasted sesame seeds, a splash of soy sauce and crushed red pepper.
Fiesta Saute chopped zucchini, sliced onion and fresh corn in olive oil for 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in some salsa; heat.
Appetizer Bites (pictured at left) Slice zucchini and spread with semisoft cheese that comes flavored with garlic and herb. Sprinkle with chopped olives and snipped chives.
Mediterranean Toss sliced zucchini and halved cherry tomatoes with Caesar salad dressing. Serve in lettuce cups and top with crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.
Gazpacho Chop zucchini and stir into some vegetable juice and chill. Add a splash of bottled hot pepper sauce to serve.
Marinated Marinate zucchini slices, fresh button mushrooms and sweet pepper pieces in purchased vinaigrette salad dressing and a little finely shredded lemon peel for 8 to 24 hours.
Confetti Muffins (pictured at left) Fold 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/4 cup shredded carrot into prepared corn muffin mix. Bake according to package directions.
Gratin Slice zucchini and layer in a baking dish with a snipped fresh herb and shredded Parmesan mixed with panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs). Drizzle layers with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in 375° oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
Chocolate Cake Stir 1 cup shredded zucchini into a prepared two-layer-size chocolate cake mix along with 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces. Spoon into a greased and floured fluted tube pan. Bake in a 350° oven about 40 minutes or until done.
Try this unusual, sweet and tangy summer relish on grilled chicken breasts, turkey tenderloins or pork chops.