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This 4-ingredient Summer Squash Saute Recipe is an easy summer side dish that’s packed with flavor and perfect for showcasing fresh seasonal produce.

Basil Pesto Summer Squash Sauté (Easy Summer Side Dish Recipe) on Wooden Crate

I’m a sucker for a summertime roadside vegetable stand with fresh-picked goodies from a local farm, like peaches, tomatoes, or zucchini. Produce this time of year is top-notch in terms of flavor and nutrition.

And the season is here and gone so quickly I always like to get my fill!

The beauty of summer veggies is that they make a fresh, delicious meal with no fuss. This Summer Squash Saute Recipe can be an easy summer side dish, but I also eat it as-is for a summer supper along with fresh sliced tomatoes.

My mom used to make something like this all the time in the summer. She’d sauté sliced zucchini or yellow summer squash in olive oil with a little minced garlic, salt, and pepper, and then serve it with fresh basil and grated Parmesan. When I made this version I had pesto in my fridge, so I went with that instead.

Summer Squash Saute Recipe with Description

What Vegetables Are in Season in Summer?

Here are a few of the fruits and vegetables in season during the summer months:

  • Stone fruit, such as peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries
  • Berries, like raspberries and blackberries
  • Summer squash, such as zucchini and yellow squash
  • Herbs, like basil, mint, rosemary, etc.
  • Melons, including watermelon and cantaloupe
  • Lettuce
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn

Are Yellow Squash and Zucchini the Same Thing?

Yellow Squash and Zucchini are both types of summer squash. They’re very similar and can even be used interchangeably in some recipes.

However, there are a couple differences: 1) color, and 2) shape.

Zucchini is typically green, although there is a zucchini variety that is a very pale shade of green, as well as a variety that is golden, while yellow summer squash is yellow.

Additionally, zucchini is straight, while yellow summer squash is thicker at the base and tapers toward the stem end, sometimes with a curve at the tapered portion.

More Easy Summer Side Dish Recipes:

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Summer Squash Saute Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This 4-ingredient Summer Squash Saute Recipe is an easy summer side dish that's packed with flavor and perfect for showcasing fresh seasonal produce.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese


  • Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the squash and cook until fork-tender, and starting to turn golden in spots, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the pesto.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle the Parmesan on top, and serve.


  • Net Carbs: 4g per serving


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 257mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Summer Squash Saute, Summer Squash Saute Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on August 20, 2018. I updated it with more information on August 24, 2020.

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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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