Summer Squash Sauté

By Maria Lichty

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This easy one skillet Summer Squash Sauté is made with yellow squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. It is the perfect recipe for using up the end of the summer garden squash.

Summer Squash Sauté

Summer Squash Recipes

Are you looking for summer squash recipes? If so, then today is your lucky day because I have an easy Summer Squash Sauté recipe for you. Our garden is overflowing with yellow squash and zucchini so I decided to put it to good use and make a simple summer squash sauté. This easy side dish goes great with any meal and only takes a few minutes to make. It is going to be one of your go to side dishes. Our family loves it and I think you will too!

Easy Summer Side Dish

When we have a pile of zucchini on our counter, I usually make zucchini bread-classic, chocolate, and lemon, yeah, I am kind of obsessed. I decided to take a break from baking and make a simple side dish to go with our dinner. This easy summer squash recipe can be made in ONE skillet and is the perfect recipe for using up the end of the summer squash!

Summer Squash Recipe

How to Make Summer Squash Sauté

I sauté chopped zucchini and yellow squash in olive oil and garlic. When tender, I stir in cherry tomatoes and cook until they are about ready to pop, this will only take a few minutes. The tomatoes add a nice pop of color and juiciness to the dish. Plus, at the end of the summer we are always trying to find uses for our garden tomatoes too.

You can finish the squash with Parmesan cheese and I highly recommend adding a little drizzle of basil vinaigrette. I always keep basil vinaigrette in our fridge during the summer and it is the perfect finishing touch to the summer squash sauté. You’ve gotta try it!

If you want the dish to be vegan, you can leave off the Parmesan cheese and just add the basil vinaigrette. Or you can just add freshly chopped basil. The dish will still have plenty of flavor.

What to Serve With Summer Squash Sauté

I love making this simple side dish because it can be served with any main dish. You really can’t go wrong with this side. Every time I make it, it disappears in no time and sometimes it even steals the main dish’s thunder. It’s that good!

If you need some ideas, here are a few main dishes you can enjoy with this summer squash recipe.

Put your garden veggies to good use and make this simple summer squash sauté! It is such a colorful and delicious veggie side dish!

If you like this summer squash recipe, you might also like these veggie side dishes:

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Summer Squash Sauté

This easy one skillet Summer Squash Sauté is made with yellow squash, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. It is the perfect recipe for using up the end of the summer garden squash.
4.77 from 34 votes



  • Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add yellow squash and zucchini and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the garlic and tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, gently stirring, or until vegetables are crisp-tender and tomatoes are about ready to burst.
  • Season with salt and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if using, and drizzle with basil vinaigrette, if using. Serve immediately.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. It never fails that I have more zucchini and tomatoes than I know what to do with from my garden each year….love how you combined them into one recipe! 🙂

  2. very nice straight-forward recipe, love that it is what it is without what for me would be unnecessary dollops of pasta (even though I love it, it doesn’t always love me back), so thank you for a great recipe to help me use up all of the vegetables in my refrigerator

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner, including the vinaigrette. Delicious! Near the end, I pushed everything to the sides and sautéed a cod filled. Flipped it once, put the lid on until the fish was done. Sprinkled the whole thing with a bit of parm, drizzled on some vinaigrette. Thanks, wonderful meal!!

  4. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. Made it tonight, it was quick, easy and delicious. Will be making this often. We added mushrooms when we put the tomatoes into the pan. (Just because we love mushrooms). Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    A simple, delicious, and nutritious side dish…or…we put this over pasta and it’s dinner. So, so good! Thank you, Maria!