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18 delicious meals that feature summer squash

From juicy tomatoes and peaches to fresh corn and string beans, there ain’t no party like an August farmers’ market. But the belle of the ball, the golden child of the season, is summer squash. Green, yellow, slender, and stout — waxy squash wait in piles for a passerby to pluck them out of the crowd.

You might buy a bundle without distinguishing between dark green and pale yellow, interchanging squash and zucchini just like recipes say to — and you aren’t wrong. The two varieties share similar textures and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. But while zucchini follows the straight and narrow, yellow squash varies in shape with a hefty bottom that tapers (and sometimes curves) at the neck. Maybe because of its predictable shape, there seem to be a lot more recipes calling for zucchini than its yellow counterpart.

It’s time to turn the spotlight on yellow squash. It’s ready to step up and show off its moves. Take it for a twirl in any of these 18 recipes.

1. Tomato salad with corn, summer squash, and roasted onions

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

2. Tarragon lemon summer squash soup

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

3. Summer squash couscous with sultanas, pistachios, and mint

(Courtesy Food52)

4. Vegan lasagna with roasted vegetables

(James Ransom/Courtesy Food52)

5. Raw squash salad with radishes, manchego, and lemon vinaigrette

(Max Kelly/Courtesy Food52)

6. Pasta with summer squash, tarragon, ricotta, and honey

(Posie Harwood/Courtesy Food52)

7. Tuscan grilled zucchini and summer squash

(Courtesy Food52)

8. Vine tomato and summer squash galette with rosemary-pea pesto

(Kellie Karbach/Courtesy Food52)

9. Ratatouille

(Courtesy Food52)

10. Pasta with tomatoes, corn, squash,…

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