Summer Squash with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Summer Squashes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

I believe any food can be made delicious with the right treatment, but I’ve had a hard time warming up to squashes. Too often, I’ve served them because they’re so good for us but my sister-in-law showed me the error of my ways. This little side dish of zucchini and yellow squash is absolutely scrumptious!

Summer Squashes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Summer Squashes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

I’m still getting mileage from my recent trip to Georgia over the Holidays! Mental mileage as I juxtapose images of warmth and pleasant walks with the dogs over the image of the frozen tundra outside my window here in Minnesota. I’m also still getting some mileage from the food made by my talented sister in law! Every time I make this, I’ll think of my trip and how much fun it was to see family.

This dish, a mixture of yellow squash and zucchini, is a bit like an infomercial! I keep thinking, “But wait, there’s more!” as I make it. Gorgeously seasoned and sautéed the squash is excellent served up plainly.

Summer Squashes with Herbed Bread Crumbs.

Summer Squashes with Herbed Bread Crumbs.

Add in a few toasted bread crumbs and a little lemon and it’s even better. A little sprinkle of cheese stirred in when it’s done and its heaven. A simple sauce of yogurt, lemon and herbs takes it completely over the top. Fairly quick to make, this took about 15 minutes.

Herbed Bread Crumbs - a great way to introduce someone to a squash!

Herbed Bread Crumbs – a great way to introduce someone to a squash!

So choose your elements, the squash, bread crumbs, cheese & sauce, and combine as you wish with what fits your diet, and eat your squash. It’s good for you! 🙂 And try not to lick your plate, especially if you’re not alone!

Summer Squash with Herbed Bread Crumbs & Cheese

Summer Squash with Herbed Bread Crumbs & Cheese

Summer Squashes with Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs (toasted works best)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons parsley, to taste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or more, to taste)
  • pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes
  • 3 to 4 strips of lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cheese, grated cheese, mozzarella or Parmesan (optional)
  • Herbed Yogurt Sauce, below

Add one tablespoon olive oil to a saute pan, heat and add in bread crumbs. Cook, stirring until bread crumbs are lightly browned and crunchy. Stir in parsley, if desired. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add the additional tablespoon of oil to the pan, then the squashes. Saute until softened and slightly brown around the edges, stirring frequently, several minutes. A moment or two before the zucchini is finished, add lemon strips, garlic and seasonings to taste.

When the squash is finished, turn off heat and toss with the breadcrumbs, stirring until well incorporated. If using cheese, turn off heat and add the cheese to the skillet, tossing until melted and incorporated. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

Herbed Yogurt Sauce, about 3/4 cup

  • 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Squeeze of lemon

Mix ingredients together, taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

from the kitchen of

Summer Squashes with Herbed Bread Crumbs.

Summer Squashes with Herbed Bread Crumbs.

Herbed Bread Crumbs - a great way to introduce someone to a squash!

Herbed Bread Crumbs – a great way to introduce someone to a squash!

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1/4 recipe: calories 180; tot fat 10g; sat fat 3g; poly 1g; chol 8mg; sod 197mg; pot 394mg; tot carg 16g; fib 3g; sug 6g; prot 8g; vit a 19%; vit c 42% calc 19%; iron 6%

17 thoughts on “Summer Squashes with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

  1. That herbed yoghurt sauce, I quite genuinely use it all the time on everything – time to try it on some healthy and delicious squashes 😀
    Gorgeous photos!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • The whole concept of a yogurt sauce on veggies was new to me, and I really love the idea – that’s part of why it’s so much fun to hang out with other cooks! Thanks for the photo comment – I think mine are starting to look a little better, sometimes!!

  2. man, this looks goooood. I’d add in all those options, then maybe end with a sprinkle of fetta coz #cheeseFreak. Loving those crunchy breadcrumbs. And the yogurt sauce. And… all of it, really!

    • I tell ya Mum, my sis-in-law is a genius in the kitchen.
      She never uses recipes. Each meal is an adventure she says! Well, I’m glad I got this one down – it would have been a shame if I never tasted this again! 🙂

      Feta would be excellent on this!

  3. kathryn

    It looks yummy….like the thought of a yogurt dressing.

    I’ve only started eating zucchini (as a veg) in a last few years. Previously it was always baked in a loaf or cupcakes.
    Th young ones, I just cube up and stick into chilis/ soups/ baked in the oven (in oil/sugar/spices) Also like them cut up small in tossed salads.

    Older and larger zucchinis, I would deseed first..then use as above.

    • Hi Kathryn!

      Those are great ideas! I bet they almost dissolve into the chili.

      I’ve been a bit squash challenged – I guess we talked about that! 🙂 I have a recipe on here, too, for zucchini boats stuffed with veggies and quinoa. Of course, they’re marvelous stuffed with sausage, marinara and cheese…

      My mom used to make a zucchini soup – it was kind of brothy with cubes of beef. I’m inspired now to look for that recipe and make it again!

  4. Other than adding baked acorn or butternut squashes to soup and then pureeing the whole thing, I don’t eat them at all. Maybe one day, I’ll find a way of enjoying them. I’ve only had zucchini once that I liked it … dipped in an Indian spiced batter and deep fried.

    • I think the first zucchini I had was deep fried in tempura batter, but the spices sound lovely, too. You might want to consider giving this a go – it converted me.

      I have a zucchini left in the fridge and I was literally just thinking about making some more – and it’s after midnight, here! It’s that good! 🙂

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