A simple combination of zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and onion can create the perfect side dish. This zucchini bake will complement most any main course with a beautiful splash of color.
Zucchini Bake – A colorful side dish
Do you love zucchini? I certainly do.
I spend this season testing tons of zucchini recipes to share with you. Some of my recipes have lots of ingredients and many steps.
But this baked zucchini recipe uses simple and wholesome vegetables with a touch of seasoning and a little bit of cheese to bring a big taste to your table.
It’s an easy and simple way to turn summer vegetables into a delicious dish that your whole family will enjoy.
Sometimes taking simple and colorful ingredients, combining them together with some seasoning turns out to be a beautiful thing. This veggie side dish is proof of that.
No need to complicate this recipe at all. Complicated ways to cook zucchini are delicious too, but sometimes you just don’t need to be so fancy.
It does show that you do not need a recipe with an ingredient list of 50 things. Enjoy the simple!
What You Need to Make Zucchini Bake:
And by simple I am talking about:
- Yellow Squash (summer squash)
- Garlic Salt
In the summertime, zucchini and tomatoes are abundant in home gardens, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores. Take those zucchini that your neighbor/sister/mom gave you, or that you got for a song from the farmer’s market, and make this easy zucchini dish!
Throw in some other summer vegetables if you have them too. I think a small bell pepper, diced, would be lovely in this dish. Maybe even add some greens if you have them. Spinach or Kale would wilt down into the squash and add some additional color and nutrition.
Do you have zucchini in your own garden? They pretty much grow themselves once you plant them!
If you’re like me, you planted way too many and are running out of ideas to use them up. This recipe is perfect for that!
How To Make This Simple Zucchini Bake:
We have made this Zucchini Bake many times! As you can see from the post, we have a few different pictures here! My family loves this recipe, and I find myself making it often in the summer to go with a grilled dinner or to bring to a pot-luck style party.
You can eat this recipe hot from the oven, but it’s also delicious at room temperature, so feel free to make it ahead of time. Depending on the time of the year is how I make this zucchini side dish recipe. If it’s hot outside, I make this veggie side dish cold. If it’s cold outside, I make it hot. See how clever I am?!
The other thing that I love about this zucchini side dish? It’s crazy easy to prep and make as well.
Are you ready for this delicious vegetable side dish recipe? And did I also mention gluten-free as well?!
As I’m sitting here typing this out, my mouth is literally watering! There’s just something delicious about eating zucchini. I’m craving it so bad right now!
Okay, enough about what I’m wanting…let’s get down to the recipe.
First you will bake the zucchini bake without the cheese! It gets the vegetables the perfect amount of doneness. Start by dicing your vegetables.
Throw them into your prepared pan, and add seasonings and butter. Then bake for approximately 25 minutes.
Remember, this is YOUR recipe.
Cook longer for more soft vegetables, cook less for more crunch! I find that 25 minutes is usually perfect for the texture I like.
Can you add other vegetables to this zucchini side dish?
Sure, it’s your dish! Add in some green beans, roasted Brussel sprouts, butternut squash or possibly even sweet potatoes if you want. There’s always room to add in more vegetables, right?
Are you a big zucchini fan? You need to check out these Zucchini Chips! This recipe looks great!
Once you have baked the Zucchini Casserole to your liking, you can add in the cheese! Just top with some shredded parmesan cheese and you are set! Put the dish back in the oven just long enough to melt it.
This recipe is naturally gluten free! It’s also vegetarian and if you leave the cheese out or substitute with a vegan cheese, it’s vegan too.
These are all things that you can easily grow in your own garden! This recipe is super easy!
PIN this zucchini bake for later:
Zucchini Bake - A colorful side dish for your dinner table.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a casserole dish by lightly spraying with oil.
- Combine zucchini, tomato, onion, yellow squash and garlic salt in the casserole dish.
- Place the butter on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- If you would like to add cheese, top with cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Let’s talk! I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite vegetable! Do you garden?