Summer Squash and Zucchini Gratin is a healthy and easy to make summer side dish that is full of fresh flavor!
This tasty side dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. All the best flavors of summer are tucked into this gratin and baked to golden brown perfection.
Hearty summer squash, sweet tomatoes, fresh onions, and herbs get tossed together before being layered into a baking dish. Then they are topped with flavored breadcrumbs and the whole dish is baked until the vegetables are slightly softened and juicy, and the breadcrumbs are a perfect golden brown.
When tomatoes are perfectly ripe, they are nature’s candy. They also have some serious health benefits. Tomatoes are full of health promoting antioxidants. The antioxidants in tomatoes are especially good at promoting bone, liver, kidney, and blood health. In addition to benefiting so many of our bodies’ essential systems, tomatoes can also prevent cancer.
Summer squash, like zucchini and yellow crookneck, contain many essential minerals and vitamins. Summer squash has a high water content which can help us stay hydrated during the hot summer months, and this water content can help us feel fuller quicker, keeping us from overeating.
There are some tricks to making the best Summer Squash and Zucchini Gratin. The first being, choose the freshest produce you can find. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, your homegrown produce is a perfect pick. If don’t have the space for a garden or lack a green thumb, like me, head to your local farmers market.
At the market, look for the brightest and most vibrant produce you can find. Color indicates flavor, so find the vegetables that are bold and bright!