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Seasoned Summer Squash Sauté Side

Now that summer squashes and tomatoes are abundant in farmer's markets, backyard gardens, and in grocery stores, this fresh-tasting recipe is perfect for using up the produce and is over the top in goodness!

There are hundreds of varieties of summer squash, ranging from dark green to bright yellow, long to stubby, smooth to ridged to lumpy ~  from crookneck, to green and yellow and pattypan, to zucchini.

It’s a complicated family of veggies, and any one of them would be great for this recipe.  I used zucchini and crookneck summer squash, choose your favorites. 

Ready for tomatoes and mushrooms!

The squash was sautéed with garlic, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, seasoned with Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, finishing with a little cheese melting over all.

This was simple, and delicious for dinner and just as tasty leftover at lunchtime the next day!

Yield: Serves 4

Seasoned Summer Squash Sauté

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 20 mins
This squash sauté is delicious and just as good later, should there be leftovers!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds (about 2 or 3) zucchini and summer squash, sliced 
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, cut into large pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 basil leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs Dash Extra Spicy
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar, shredded


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add squash, onion and garlic, and cook just until slightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Turn heat to medium-high, add tomatoes, mushrooms, and balsamic vinegar, stirring occasionally for about 5-6 minutes, allowing juices to evaporate some.
  3. Add basil and seasonings, combine well.
  4. Scatter cheese over top, allow to melt and toss lightly.
  5. Serve and enjoy!



  1. They are one of my favourite summer veggies. I don't see the yellow squashes in our supermarkets..just green variety. They look so tasty with melted cheese.

    1. Thanks, Angie! There are so many different varieties of squash, and I need to try more of them. Take care

  2. Pam, That is a very attractive side dish! My wife in particular would love to dive into that and she's not a big veggie person... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

    1. Thanks, Dave! We thought this was pretty good. And it's easy to make! Have a good week!

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Gloria! Thanks so much! xoxo

  4. I don't buy squash much because I don't know what to do with it, but this looks lovely.

    1. Thanks, Cakelaw! I know exactly what you mean with buying sqaush!

  5. This looks like a delicious summer dish, Pam! I love that you used Vidalia onion as well. It's my favorite in summer time.

    1. Thanks, Amy! I use a lot of Vidalia onions in the summer, love them sliced with cucs and tomatoes. Take care

  6. Dear Pam, It is so nice to have these veggies fresh and delicious in the summer. I love dishes like this. It would be great with eggs the next day too. I love going to the market and getting these goodies except I always want to get everything and just can't eat it all! Take care my friend. xoxo Catherine

    1. Thanks, Catherine! The eggs sounds good too. I love summertime veggies and agree with you, want them all, but can only eat so much... Hugs

  7. Goodness Pam I love your casserole. I make something sort-of similar - but with just a few ingredients. I can't wait to give yours a try with our garden fresh vegetables!

    1. Thanks, Tricia! Fresh vegetables straight from the garden are great! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  8. Lots of squash! Nice recipe and cheese is good on anything (although I do love summer squash).

    1. Yes, thanks Debra! I love it too.

  9. Love all the great veggies summer brings us! Never tire of summer squash -- such good stuff, isn't it? This looks terrific -- my kind of dish. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, John! Have a great rest of the summer!

  10. Mr. Ken would love this!

    M : )

    1. Hi Melinda! He knows what's good! : )

  11. Sounds like a lovely side dish! I was gifted some summer squash and I just sauteed it with some shallots and thyme. Next time, I'll try your recipe!


    1. Thanks, Liz! Your way sounds really good too!

  12. This side dish looks so tasty Pam...I can almost have this as my main the mushrooms in it.
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

    1. Thanks, Juliana! Mushrooms rule! You have a great rest of the week!

  13. It is a great summer for summer squash! And this is a great recipe, quite simialr a bit to ratatouille minus the eggplant.

    1. Thanks, Evelyne! You're right with ratatouille, I'm glad you like it!

  14. Just printed this off, on the menu for tonight, many thanks will make a change form ratatouille.
    Hope all is well Diane

    1. Great, Diane! Hope you like it! Have a wonderful weekend!


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