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What To Serve With Zucchini Boats – 11 Tasty Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your zucchini boats, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular and tasty side dishes for stuffed zucchini boats.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with zucchini boats include chicken skewers, corn salad, cheesy mashed potatoes, and summer Panzanella salad. For a really easy to cook side dish, go for pesto pasta or cilantro lime rice. Crispy kale and garlic knots are two of my favorite sides.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Cilantro lime rice

This zingy rice dish is satisfying without being heavy.

The lime livens the rice up and goes well with the grassy flavor of zucchini.

Want your cilantro lime rice to taste just like Chiptoles? Here’s a great copycat recipe.

Other rice dishes you could have with zucchini boats include buttered rice and rice and peas.

Crispy kale

Zucchini boats can be a little soft in terms of texture, so I like to have something crispy on the side.

Normally, crispy = fried and unhealthy, but not these kale chips.

They add a really nice crunch, without being too filling or greasy.

Thebusybaker has a no-fail recipe, so you’ll never end up with soggy kale.

Summer Panzanella salad

This fresh and light Panzanella salad is perfect for pairing with zucchini boats.

The tangy vinaigrette provides a nice contrast to the mild flavor of the zucchini, and the croutons add some crunch.

If you want to make the salad a little more filling, toss in some mozzarella balls. 

Got some stale bread you want to use up? Consider this a sign – check out the recipe here.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate side dish. 

They’ll turn your zucchini boats into a plate of warming comfort food.

And they don’t have to be boring, there are so many different varieties. 

Truffle mash, garlic mash, mustard mash, even french onion mashed potatoes!

But for me, nothing can beat cheesy mashed potatoes (this recipe uses 3 different types of cheese!).

Pesto pasta

What looks more healthy than a plate full of green things?

Pesto pasta is the perfect side dish if you’re in a hurry. It’s super easy to make and it’s a crowd-pleaser.

You can even drizzle some pesto sauce over your zucchini boats to tie the two dishes together.

You don’t really need a recipe for pesto pasta, but here’s my go-to (they make their own pesto).

Sauteed cabbage


Side dishes don’t have to be fancy.

This simple side will ensure your zucchini boats remain the star of the show, and you only really need one ingredient!

Cabbage is a great replacement for the more traditional carb-heavy sides.

Natasha uses paprika to give her simple sauteed cabbage a pop of color.

Chicken skewers 

If you’re looking for a protein to add to the plate, you can’t go wrong with chicken.

And making chicken skewers is a bit more fun than serving plain chicken breasts. 

You can use any flavorings you like on your chicken. If you have a Mexican stuffed zucchini boat, then use Mexican spices!

These Morrocan-inspired chicken skewers are marinated in a tangy yogurt dressing (yum!)

Corn salad

One of my favorite vegetables is sweetcorn, so if they’re not already in your zucchini boats they need to be on the side.

The sweetness from the corn helps bring out the sweet notes in the zucchini.

This fresh corn salad also looks amazing – your guests won’t be able to resist taking a massive spoonful, so make enough!


Soup and zucchini boats might seem like a strange combination, but I think they actually go better with gazpacho than bread.

The soup is served cold, so is ideal for a hot summer’s day when you want something light.

And you can use it like tomato sauce and dip the zucchini boats into your bowl.

This Spanish gazpacho doesn’t require any cooking!

Garlic knots

If you have saucy zucchini boats-then you want to make sure you’ve got something you can use to mop up any leftover sauce. 

That’s where garlic knots come in.

Bake double because these garlic parmesan knots are highly additive – no one will leave the table hungry.

Sweet and sour cipollini onions

This dish is as simple as it is scrumptious.

Cipollini onions are sliced, sautéed for a few minutes, and then tossed with balsamic vinegar and sugar. 

The result is sweet and sour perfection!

Serve these sweet and sour cipollini onions alongside zucchini boats for an easy weeknight dinner.

Best side dishes for zucchini boats

  • Cilantro lime rice
  • Crispy kale
  • Summer Panzanella salad
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  • Pesto pasta
  • Sauteed cabbage
  • Chicken skewers
  • Corn salad
  • Gazpacho
  • Garlic knots
  • Sweet and sour cipollini onions

What To Serve With Zucchini Boats

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your zucchini boats.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: what to serve with zucchini boats, zucchini boat side dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 207kcal


  • 1 portion zucchini boat


  • Prepare your lemon chicken according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: cilantro lime rice, crispy kale, summer Panzanella salad, cheesy mashed potatoes, pesto pasta, sauteed cabbage, chicken skewers, corn salad, gazpacho, garlic knots, and sweet and sour cipollini onions.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 207kcal

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