Shred two zucchini, and you've got the base for four easy, delicious summer dishes.

Andrew Purcell

If you grow zucchini (or have a neighbor who does), chances are your summer menus are full of it. Think outside the chopping block by grating the squash.

For each of these recipes, shred two medium zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. (You should have about four cups.) Toss with half teaspoon coarse salt in a colander set over a bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture with your hands -- then get cooking.

Aaron Dyer

1. One-Pot Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan

Another of our famous one-pot pasta recipes. This simple vegetarian recipe calls for penne, olive oil, Parmesan, garlic -- and shredded zucchini.

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Aaron Dyer

2. Zucchini Bruschetta

Elegant and easy, sauteed grated squash atop toasted baguette slices makes a perfect appetizer.

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3. Zucchini Slaw

Summer squash meets apple in the most colorful and crunchy salad of the season.

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4. Zucchini Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread is elevated by the addition of -- grated zucchini! These moist muffins are a delight for breakfast, at lunch, or as a midafternoon snack.

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Watch our deputy food editor Greg Lofts break down these "grate" ways to cook with zucchini:


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