Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta
Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta is an interesting flavor combination and this is a super-easy but amazing summer side dish! Check out the other suggestions in the post if you’re not a big fan of mint.
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Mint is a perennial herb that lots of gardeners love to hate, but I’ve been a mint fan for many years now and I even shared my ideas for Cooking with Fresh Mint. Two things I know about growing mint: (1) Be sure it’s planted in a spot where it’s completely contained by some kind of barrier or it will take over everything in its path! (2) Mint is very hardy, and if you have mint growing you’re probably searching for ways to use it by mid summer.
And we’re just heading into that “what to do with zucchini” season, so it seems like a perfect time to make Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta. This is a recipe where the unique preparation method really spotlights the flavor of mint, so even if you think you’re not a mint fan, you might want to consider trying it!
The idea of roasting zucchini with lemon and chopped fresh mint came from a recipe I found in Vegetable Love (affiliate link), and I was skeptical about the idea of roasting mint, but it definitely worked! I’ve made this quite a few times, and I’ve started using lots more mint than the original recipe called for.
And then one time I had the idea of tossing the finished dish with a generous amount of crumbled Feta cheese, which definitely kicked it up several notches. And if you’re a regular reader, I’m sure you’re not surprised that I liked that!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- yellow summer squash or zucchini
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- fresh lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- finely chopped mint
- crumbled Feta cheese
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
What if you’re not a fan of mint?
You can probably tell by the introduction to this recipe that I’m a big mint fan. But I know not everyone is, and if you’d like to roast the summer squash like this without the mint, I’d love the addition of some fresh or dried thyme when you toss the squash with the lemon. Another fun option is this recipe for Roasted Summer Squash with Feta Cheese and Basil, and in that recipe the squash is roasted *with* the Feta Cheese, for lots of melty Feta flavor.
What kind of summer squash can you use?
You can make this recipe with yellow summer squash, zucchini, or other summer squash varieties like patty pan squash. It’s fun to have more than one variety of squash if that’s an option for you.
How to make Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- Cut up the zucchini and/or summer squash into strips about two inches long.
- Chop up about 1/2 cup fresh mint, more or less to taste.
- Combine olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint, and salt.
- Put the squash in a bowl and toss with the mint mixture, then spread it out on a baking sheet, in a single layer as much as possible. (Mine is a bit too crowded! It’s best to have some space between the squash even if you need to use two baking sheets.)
- Roast the squash about 35 minutes (or until it has browned to your liking), turning every 15 minutes or so.
- When the squash is done, toss it with the crumbled Feta.
- Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and serve hot or at room temperature.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
For a low-carb meatless dinner, I think this Baked Summer Squash would be great with Green Tomato Gazpacho or Spicy Cabbage Salad. If you’d like to eat this with meat, chicken, or fish, choose one of my 35 Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Grilling Recipes.
More Summer Squash Recipes:
Instant Pot Ratatouille ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Kalyn’s Top Ten Most Popular Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Ratatouille Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta
Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta features summer squash that's roasted with lemon and mint and tossed with Feta cheese, and this is amazing!
- 5 small yellow summer squash or zucchini, about 8 inches long
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (see notes)
- 1/2 cup very finely chopped mint, or more (measure after chopping)
- salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp.)
- 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese (more or less to taste)
- fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 475F/245C, and put oven rack as high as it will go. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Wash squash and cut off stem and flower ends.
- Cut each squash into quarters lengthwise, then cut into pieces about 2 inches long.
- Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mint and salt ; then put that mixture into a plastic bowl and toss squash with the mixture.
- Arrange squash on roasting pan, in a single layer as much as possible. (I would recommend using two baking sheets if it seems really crowded.)
- Roast squash, turning every 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned and cooked to your liking. I turned my squash twice, with a total cooking time of 40 minutes, but I would start checking after 35 minutes.
- When the squash is done, put it back into the same bowl and toss with the Feta cheese.
- Season with fresh-ground black pepper to taste. This can be served hot or at room temperature.
I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.
This recipe adapted from Vegetable Love (affiliate link).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 642mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3.7gSugar: 7.7gProtein: 7.6g
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta is a perfect low-carb or Keto side dish that would also be great for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. You might want to use a bit less cheese for South Beach if you’re following the letter of the law!
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007, and I’ve been making it ever since then! The recipe was last updated with more information in 2022.
33 Comments on “Baked Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta”
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This sounds so light and refreshing, perfect for summer! Such a great idea to combine lemon, mint, and feta. Adding this one to my list.
Thanks Maya; we loved it, hope you enjoy!
I just received a gift of some mint from a friend's garden. Great idea for how to use it.
Lydia, the combination of mint + Feta really makes it fabulous! Hope you try it!
Sally, I do love that book too!
I guess I'll have to try it now! 😉 Just returned Vegetable Love to the library a couple of weeks ago…it was hard! I had so many post-its and notes of recipes to try, but I'll be checking it out again when I have more time to cook!
Oh, lemon and fresh mint—that’s for me!
For some reason, and most probably the drought we had all summer, the mint I planted this year, expecting it to grow like weeds as it usually does, hasn’t done anything. Sad.
I love mint, and have some growing in a pot on my deck. The place where I’m work has a lemon tree so prolific it’s amazing! This sounds like a fabulous way to use some of these very ‘local’ ingredients! You’ll see a spring of the mint in my post for tomorrow (WHB entry). It looks like you are enjoying your garden to the max!
Looks simple and delicious. I planted mint (which needless to say, grows just fine by virtue of being mint) but hardly ever use it. This seems like a very natural combination and I’ll have to experiment with it. And maybe have a nice mint julep alongside it to stick with the theme. 😉
EMWK, both the Wild Oats by my house have it, so I hope yours will.
Susan, I’ve thought about growing some of those unusual types of mint. But I don’t have another contained spot where they can be kept in control.
Mrs. G, glad to hear you liked it.
Ed, this would still be great with fresh squash from the farmers market.
Kalyn – Roasted mint sounds intruiging! Oh I so wish I had a garden. One of these days… until then, I’m going to go buy some summer squash and pretend that they came from my garden.
I made this for lunch with my over abundant supply of yellow squash–refreshing and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.