18 Meals That Celebrate Summer’s Mellow Yellow Squash

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From juicy tomatoes and peaches to fresh corn and string beans, there ain’t no party like an August farmers’ market. But the belle of the ball, the golden child of the season, is summer squash. Green, yellow, slender, and stout—waxy squash wait in piles for a passerby to pluck them out of the crowd.

You might buy a bundle without distinguishing between dark green and pale yellow, interchanging squash and zucchini just like recipes say to—and you aren’t wrong. The two varieties share similar textures and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. But while zucchini follows the straight and narrow, yellow squash varies in shape with a hefty bottom that tapers (and sometimes curves) at the neck. Maybe because of its predictable shape, there seem to be a lot more recipes calling for zucchini than its yellow counterpart.

It’s time to turn the spotlight on yellow squash. It’s ready to step up and show off its moves. Take it for a twirl in any of these 18 recipes.

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions by Merrill Stubbs

Tarragon Lemon Summer Squash Soup

Tarragon Lemon Summer Squash Soup by anotherfoodieblogger

Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas, Pistachios and Mint

Summer Squash Couscous with Sultanas, Pistachios and Mint

by theicp

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables

by Gena Hamshaw

Raw Squash Salad with Radishes, Manchego, and Lemon Vinaigrette

Raw Squash Salad with Radishes, Manchego, and Lemon Vinaigrette by GrowNYC

Pasta with Summer Squash, Tarragon, Ricotta & Honey

Pasta with Summer Squash, Tarragon, Ricotta & Honey

by Posie Harwood

Tuscan Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash

Tuscan Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash

by Stefano Coppola

Vine Tomato and Summer Squash Galette with Rosemary-Pea Pesto

Vine Tomato and Summer Squash Galette with Rosemary-Pea P…

by Kellie Karbach

Alice Waters' Ratatouille

Alice Waters’ Ratatouille

by Genius Recipes

Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta

Pasta with Tomatoes, Corn, Squash, and Ricotta by Merrill Stubbs

Thai Summer Squash Curry

Thai Summer Squash Curry by Alexandra Dawson

Tuna with Mint Oil and Pepperonata

Tuna with Mint Oil and Pepperonata by chris fischer

Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs

Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs

by Gena Hamshaw

Southern Squash Casserole

Southern Squash Casserole

by HMMessinger

 Grilled Corn and Summer Squash Quesadillas

Grilled Corn and Summer Squash Quesadillas by Kendra Vaculin

Chicken Thighs with Chickpea Ratatouille

Chicken Thighs with Chickpea Ratatouille by Sarah Waldman

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad

by Amanda Hesser

Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere

Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere by Amanda Hesser

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