Zucchini and Dill Pasta Salad

by heidi on August 19, 2011

By the looks of so many of my favorite foodie blogs, everyone is searching—and providing—amazing zucchini recipes this week. And with the plethora of veggie madness these plants provide, I say the more recipes the better.

FoodieCrush Magazine Lemony Zucchini Pasta Salad with Beans

So in an attempt to utilize my excessive zucchini jungle (how does one squash manage to explode into a super-hero size veggie in 24 hours anyway?) I’m discovering as many recipes as possible to incorporate/mask/hide/add zucchini into.

And this is one of my new favorites. It’s a a chameleon of a recipe: serve as a meatless option for a vegetarian main dish or toss in some grilled chicken or canned white tuna for even more extra added protein.

Zucchini and Dill Pasta Salad

Yield: serves 4-6

Zucchini and Dill Pasta Salad


Lemony Zucchini and Bean Pasta Salad
adapted from Donna Hay
Serves 4 as main course, 8-10 as a side dish
1 lb. orecchiette pasta (penne or farfalle would would work as well)
3 medium size zucchini, diced into 1/4" pieces
1 15 oz. can organic garbanzo beans, drained (I like Westbrae brand)
1/2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1" pieces
1/4 cup fruity olive oil, the best you can afford
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon zest from one lemon
1 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 tsp cracked fresh pepper
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup or 10 oz package queso fresco cheese, crumbled (you can also use any dry, white cheese such as feta)


  1. Cook the pasta in a saucepan of salted boiling water according to package directions or until al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Blanche the green beans in a saucepan of simmering water for 1 minute. Remove and rinse with cold water, add to pasta. Add zucchini, garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper and dill to pasta and beans and toss well to combine. Top with crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese. Refrigerate for one hour for flavors to marry. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

And for those of you with the need to fill your ever-growing zucchini fantasies beyond zucchini bread or recipes of the stuffed squash variety, check out the tasty veggie vittles below.

FoodieCrush Magazine A Cozy Kitchen Zucchini Fries

Expanding on Adrianna’s ever-growing list of veggies-turned-into-fries, A Cozy Kitchen‘s Zucchini Fries are crunchy on the outside, creamy in the middle and by baking instead of frying, prep is way easier than trudging out your once-a-year-oily-mess of a Fry Daddy. Oh, and did we mention she serves them with Garlic Aioli and Sriracha Mayo? Helloooo breath mints! In the best way of course.

FoodieCrush Magazine A Spicy Perspective Zucchini Nutella Muffins

Nothing makes zucchini more palatable—and kid-pleasing—than mixing it up with some hazelnut-ty Nutella goodness from A Spicy Perspective. Sommer’s Zucchini Nutella Swirl Muffins look especially drool-worthy, and since she’s done the testing for us, there’s no need to tweak this recipe. Trust the process or you’ll be making it 4 times over like Sommer did.

FoodieCrush Magazine 101 Cookbooks Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake

In 101 Cookbooks‘ savory version of traditional cheesecake, Heidi suggests using a box grater or microplane for best zuch texture (best to avoid the potential for zucchini mush) and if so inclined you could drain the ricotta for an even lighter and fluffier Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake. If that were possible. Delicious!

FoodieCrush Magazine Dishing the Divine Zucchini with Walnuts

I was intrigued by the roasted walnuts in this dish, a nut I hadn’t thought to pair with zucchini. Dishing the Divine keeps Zucchini with Walnuts a quick and light side dish thanks to an assortment of fresh herbs. But be sure to heed Paula’s sage advice and don’t let the zuchs get too browned when cooking or you’ll be eating a zucchini pureé.

Still in need some inspiration? Head over to Kalyn’s for her top 20 zucchini recipe list

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Posted in: entrees,noodles, rice and grains,recipes,salads and sides

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacie (Foodie2Shoes) August 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am always looking for new things to do with zucchini and I am making all of these! Starting with those fries and I’m going to the store for pasta tomorrow!


heidi August 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Great! Would love to see how they turn out on our Facebook page if you want to post a pic.


Paula @ Dishing the Divine August 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

These all look so great! I have bookmarked the fries and the pasta because both look great. And of course I already know that I love the zucchini with the walnuts and herbs! :)


heidi August 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Thx for being part of the post Paula


Bev Weidner August 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

I. LOVE. THIS. Zucchini makes me so happy, I’m needing to sit down.


heidi August 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Sit down. Take a bit. Savor it all. Thx for the comment Bev.


marla August 23, 2011 at 6:03 am

Love all these duke recipes & must dash to each link. Those nutella muffins look amazing!


Mindy August 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I can’t wait to make the pasta salad!


Jeanette August 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

I am really enjoying all the enticing photos in this collection of zucchini recipes. The zucchini pasta salad is right up my alley, and I love the idea of baked zucchini fries.


heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I made the zucchini fries, didn’t have bread crumbs so used panko and they were tasty! The aiolis are sooo good.


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen September 28, 2011 at 1:00 am

How am I just NOW seeing this?! Heavens…thank you so much for including me! xo


heidi October 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

Umm, you’re only one of my favorite bloggers! Love having you aboard sailor.


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