Summer Squash Rice Pilaf

Emily Woodward
by Emily Woodward
8 servings
30 min

Summer squash rice pilaf is a tasty and easy side dish. Tender carrots, zucchini and yellow squash are mixed with creamy rice. Best part is, it pairs well with pretty much anything!

Bulk Item Used: rice

Ahh, summertime! There's hot weather, popsicles, and an abundance of summer squash growing in the garden. At first it's like "YEAH ZUCCHINI!!!!" and then it's like, "Guess what family, we're having zucchini with dinner again. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️🙅‍♀️ 🙅‍♂️"

This tasty side dish, however, can breath new life into your zucchini and yellow squash. It's a really unfussy recipe that you can whip up to go with just about anything. Plus, it tastes like it has way more butter involved than it actually does.

Of course, zucchini can usually be found in the grocery store all year round, so don't limit this tasty side dish to summer. It's bright colors will make it feel like summer in your mouth, even on cold winter nights. And isn't that what we all want?

With it's tender veggies and creamy rice, I'm sure you'll love it!

Tips for making Summer Squash and Rice Pilaf

  • I can always find zucchini in the grocery store, but yellow squash can be harder to come by at certain months of the year. If this happens to you, just double the amount of zucchini and leave out the yellow squash.

  • Make sure to occasionally stir the rice as it is simmering. Is there anything worse than cleaning a pot that has food burned onto the bottom of it?

  • Customize this recipe for you! Change up the veggies (hello broccoli!), mix it up with different herbs, add some garlic. Maybe you want to make it healthier by using brown rice instead. Perhaps you're feeling boisterous, use wild rice! The possibilities are endless with this recipe. I'd love to hear how you made it! Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. I can't tell you how many times I spelled zucchini wrong while typing up this post. I hope you're a better speller than I am.


Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups broth low-sodium chicken or veggie
  • 2/3 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup sliced yellow squash
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • Fresh herbs of your choice (optional) basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, dill, etc
  • salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium high heat, cook carrots and onions until tender-about 5 minutes.
Stir in broth, rice, salt and pepper and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 13 minutes.
Uncover and stir, making sure remove any rice that may be sticking to the bottom of the sauce pan. Mix in yellow squash and zucchini.
Recover and simmer an additional 5-10 mins, or until the rice is tender.
If desired, garnish individual servings with your favorite fresh herbs and salt and pepper.
Emily Woodward
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