These squashes are best when they are young and slender. Pick ones that are glossy-skinned and unblemished, and that feel very rigid. If the zucchini feels at all squishy or flabby, put it back. These zucchini will keep in a refrigerator drawer for about a week before starting to lose their firm texture.
When it comes to cooking with zucchini, you can go one of two ways: keep it simple to celebrate its mild sweet flavor or use it as a backdrop for whatever spicy, strongly-flavored ingredients you can find. A basic salad of raw zucchini ribbons tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt hits the spot on a hot night. A rich ratatouille or grilled zucchini skewers dusted with spice mix are fantastic when we're in the mood for more flavor.
Here are some of our favorite zucchini recipes:
• Healthier Zucchini and Carrot Fritters
• Zucchini and Garlic Soup
• Zucchini Bread
• Goat Cheese Tart with Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, and Onions
• Zucchini Stuffed with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Sage
• Squash Ribbon Salad
What are your tried and true zucchini recipes?