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Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs is an extra-easy dinner and this tasty meal has all the flavors of summer. Use all one color of squash if that’s what you have on hand!

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Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs finished dish in serving bowl

When it’s zucchini season, most people love easy recipes that use zucchini, right? This year I planted just one zucchini plant and one yellow summer squash plant in my little fenced garden space, and already I’m starting to get zucchini at a rate that’s making me think about how to use it. So there might be an abundance of zucchini recipes coming up for the next little while!

This Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs is a recipe I first made about ten years ago, inspired by one that I spotted in Fine Cooking Magazine. This is a perfect way to use overly-abundant squash from the vegetable garden, but even if you (gasp) have to buy zucchini, this is quick and easy for a summer dinner! Through the years I’ve stopped adding Kalamata Olives and started using a few more chopped fresh herbs in this dish, and I love the way the flavor of the herbs, capers, and lemon juice brightens up the grilled squash and sausage.

I used mint and parsley for fresh herbs, but you could use any combination that appeals to you. You could certainly add other veggies like red onion, mushrooms, or red bell pepper if you happen to have some. And I think this would be great with any kind of sausage you like to cook on the grill. But please don’t skimp on the lemon, olive oil, and herb sauce that gets mixed in with the cooked squash and sausage; that’s what makes this easy grilled zucchini and sausage so mind-blowingly good! And we forgot to show it when we took these new photos, but we loved this with fresh lemon pieces to squeeze on at the table.


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How to Make Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
  2. For grilling I love Johnsonville Italian Sausage; either sweet or hot sausage will work for this. If you prefer a low-fat sausage, put it in a bowl and brush with olive oil. (Choose gluten-free sausage if you need this to be gluten-free.)
  3. Cut up 2 medium zucchini and 2 medium yellow squash into same-size pieces. 
  4. Toss squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper while you preheat grill basket. If you don’t have a grilling basket (affiliate link) like this, check recipe below for another option.
  5. Put sausage on the grill and then add vegetables to the grill basket. 
  6. Grill sausage and squash about 18 minutes, turning several times with tongs and a large turner.
  7. It is done when sausage feels firm and is lightly browned and squash is tender and starting to brown. 
  8. While sausage and squash cooks, finely chop the mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice) and measure out the capers. 
  9. Mix herbs and capers with lemon juice, olive oil, and some Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning.
  10. When sausage is cooked through, remove from grill and slice into 1 inch slices.
  11. Toss grilled sausage and squash with the lemon and herb mixture.
  12. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with extra lemon to squeeze on at the table if desired.
  13. The extra squeeze of lemon is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you’re a lemon-lover like me!

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More Summer Squash Recipes to Try:

Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad 
World’s Easiest Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs

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Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs

Yield 5 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs is such an easy and delicious idea for a summer dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini (see notes)
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash (see notes)
  • 2 T + 2 T olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 links (19 oz.) Italian sausage (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (see notes)
  • 2 T capers
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Spike seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Spray a grilling basket (affiliate link) with non-stick spray. (If you don't have a grilling basket, cut each squash into six pieces lengthwise and grill the strips, then cut into smaller pieces.)
  2. I'm a fan of turkey Italian sausage, but for grilling I love Johnsonville Italian Sausage; either sweet or hot sausage will work for this. If you prefer a low-fat sausage, put it in a bowl and brush with olive oil so it doesn't stick on the grill. (Be sure to choose gluten-free sausage if you need this to be gluten-free.)
  3. Cut up 2 medium zucchini and 2 medium yellow squash into same-size pieces. I sliced the squash lengthwise and then into slices, and cut some of the bigger pieces in half again.
  4. Toss squash with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, and pepper while you preheat grill basket.
  5. Put sausage on the grill and then add vegetables to the grill basket.
  6. Grill sausage and squash about 18 minutes, turning several times with tongs for the sausage and a large turner for the squash.
  7. It is done when sausage feels firm and is lightly browned and squash is tender and starting to brown. (Precooked sausage will need less time.)
  8. While sausage and squash cooks, finely chop the mint and parsley (or herbs of your choice) and measure out the capers.
  9. Mix herbs and capers with lemon juice, other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and some Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning.
  10. When sausage is cooked through, remove from grill and slice into 1 inch slices.
  11. Toss grilled sausage and squash with the lemon and herb mixture.
  12. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with extra lemon to squeeze on at the table if desired.

Notes

I used about 2 1/2 lbs. squash; you can use all one color of squash if that's what you have. I used Johnsonville Pork Italian Sausage, but you can use turkey Italian Sausage if you prefer. Sweet or hot sausage are both good in this recipe. Use any combination of fresh herbs that appeals to you.

This recipe adapted from Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash from Fine Cooking Magazine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 1070mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash would make a great one-dish meal for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, and this is perfect for any other type of low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan. South Beach would prefer low-fat sausage and other low-carb plans will prefer higher-fat pork sausage; take your choice!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2010; updated with greatly improved photos and nutritional information July 2020.

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    33 Comments on “Grilled Sausage and Summer Squash with Lemon and Herbs”

  1. I had a series of Covid-related disasters related to making this dish, and it turned out fabulous anyway!! First: my daughter is in quarantine and I am over 65. I was shopping for her and thought I had Italian sausage, 2 pattypan squash and 3 zucchini, plus mint growing in my yard. So I didn’t buy anything new. When I got home I had: chicken apple sausage, no zucchini, 3 patty pan squashes, and someone had “weeded” all the mint out. So I made it with: chicken apple sausage, 3 patty pan squash, a bunch of cauliflower florets, parsley and 2 basil leaves (basil can be very overpowering). It was sooooo good! I can’t wait to make it the “right” way!

  2. The flavor combination is great. I've made this a few different ways with more capers and cilantro as my fresh herb. Tonight I used zoodles. This is absolutely delicious. Thank you for posting.

  3. Thanks Zerrin. I've been loving your zucchini recipes too.

  4. Never combined sausages with squash and herbs. This looks like a wonderful combination. Will have to try it! Pinned!

  5. Christina, so glad you enjoyed it.

  6. I made this recently, so easy and yummy!

  7. Mary, I am so glad you enjoyed it that much!

  8. One of the best things I have ever made and eaten in the whole of my life. THANK YOU for this recipe!

  9. This is just packed with flavour! The zucchini has just started showing up at the farmers market and I am going to have to start picking some up.

  10. Great dish with Greek flavors.

  11. TW, thanks for letting us know it will also work by roasting the sausage and veggies. Glad you liked it!