22 zucchini recipes that prove this is the best vegetable ever

Spiralized into noodles, grilled until smoky, fried to crispy perfection and baked into sweets, the zucchini may be the most versatile vegetables ever. "No matter what you do with it, it's delicious," says Holistic nutritionist Pamela Salzman and here at TODAY Food we agree completely. Here are 22 amazing zucchini recipes to try.

Pamela Salzman

Baked zucchini fries

You won't even miss the spuds with these crispy batons of the vegetable.

RELATED: Zucchini recipes and tips: How to use this versatile vegetable all summer long

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A finished dish by Natalie Morales.

Zucchini 'pasta' with pesto

Satisfy your pasta cravings with this nutritious and delicious dish from TODAY and Access Hollywood's Natalie Morales.

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Zoats (zucchini oats)

Love zucchini? You HAVE to try zoats for a healthy breakfast. Don't know what they are? Zoats are simply this: oats, grated zucchini and egg whites all cooked together providing a decadent and filling breakfast experience that has protein, good fat and carbs all packed into one.

Pamela Salzman

Pizza zucchini boats

Use zucchini instead of dough to make these healthy boats loaded with pizza toppings.

Roasted chicken thighs over barley-zucchini risotto

This dish is sure to please and perfect for an elegant weekend dinner.

Pamela Salzman

Grain-free chocolate zucchini cake

The super moist sweet is even better with a dose of rich chocolate.

RELATED: 5 easy slow-cooker recipes to help you use up that zucchini

Courtesy of Annabel Langbein

Fast zucchini and feta crostini

Ready in 25 minutes, this is an easy and affordable snack or finger food when zucchini are in season.

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Tomato zucchini tart

Make the most of late summer squash and tomatoes with Martha Stewart's savory tart. It's perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Lauren Salkeld

Zucchini ribbons with ricotta salata, hazelnuts and mint

Fresh herbs, a handful of nuts and salty cheese turn the raw vegetable into an elegant appetizer.

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Curtis Stone's orecchiette with grilled zucchini and tomato

Perfect for a light meatless supper, this delicious dish is and easy and healthy vegetarian summer pasta dish.

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Joy Bauer's Low-Calorie Sloppy Joes

Joy Bauer's low-calorie sloppy Joes

"I remade the classic comfort food using lentils instead of beef and swapping the starchy roll for roasted zucchini boats," says Bauer. "The result: A deliciously light spin (just 82 calories!) that you can most definitely go back for seconds or thirds—even fourths—of!"

Lauren Nolan

Zucchini noodles with shrimp scampi

Use a spiralizer to turn the squash into delicious zoodles aka zucchini noodles. Use them as the base for this garlicky shrimp dish or load on your favorite pasta sauce.

Zucchini tomato pie with hash brown crust and pimento cheese

Nothing says summer like a gorgeous pie, but this one has a twist. First off, it's a savory pie filled with a colorful mix of fresh seasonal produce including baby zucchini and summer squash, heirloom tomatoes and squash blossoms. Secondly, a quick whipped pimento cheese gives the creamy and cheesy filling a delicious tangy flavor. Finally, it's baked into a crispy shredded hash brown crust.

Courtesy of Annabel Langbein

Easy black velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

This is a particularly useful recipe because it can be cooked as one large cake (use a 9-inch-diameter spring form cake tin and cook for about 1 hour) or divided in half and cooked as a loaf and 12 cupcakes.

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Grilled scallops with zucchini & grilled tomato vinaigrette

Dress up simply grilled scallops, zucchini, yellow summer squash and eggplant in a lightly smoky vinaigrette made with charred tomatoes.

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No-cook lasagna with tomato, basil pesto and zucchini

Who says lasagna needs to bake in an oven? This no-bake version of lasagna couldn't be quicker, or more refreshing.

RELATED: How Natalie Morales cuts carbs, not flavor: Try her zoodles (zucchini pasta)

Maya Visnyei

Grilled salmon and zucchini skewers

Serve them over rice to add some heft or mixed greens to keep them light.

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Zucchini and summer squash gratin

Feel free to add sliced potatoes, mushrooms or tomatoes, and try swapping Parmesan with grated Gruyere or fontina cheese. Also, if you're gluten-free, you can skip the bread crumbs.

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TODAY Show: Andy Medina cooks up a delicious Chilean sea bass on a bed of potato-zucchini latkes with Kathie Lee and Hoda. -- December 10, 2015

Sea bass with potato-zucchini pancake and marmalade sauce

TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford loves this healthy and easy fish dish.

Courtesy of Annabel Langbein

25-minute baked zucchini chips with garlicky chermoula dip

These super-addictive crispy crunchy chips or fries make a healthy and inexpensive snack. The creamy, tangy Moroccan dip is also fabulous with grilled chicken.

Kelly Senyei

5-ingredient zucchini fritters

transform zucchini into hot, crispy fritters topped off with a cool dollop of sour cream or yogurt for the ultimate way to get your greens.

Casey Barber

Zucchini cornbread

Picky eaters will find the zucchini in this cornbread nearly undetectable, but bakers will love how it leaves every piece with a delectably moist crumb.

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