Lake Dinner with Summer Zucchini Galette

This Summer Zucchini Galette is a delightful dish to bring to a summer picnic, potluck, or lake dinner party.

Summer Zucchini Galette

My last birthday celebration this summer was up at Rocky Point Resort. My friends are all excellent cooks, but I have to say that the Summer Zucchini Galette was the recipe most talked about. Sarah was the star, adapting the recipe she found in Better Homes and Garden. I had eyed that recipe, too, with so much summer zucchini in our garden right now!

Dinner on the lake

Our time together was so special. I am blessed with so many great friends, I get a little weepy just thinking about it. I think everyone wants to feel loved and special, but not everyone does. There are so many lonely people out there. Sometimes instead of waiting to be reached out to, we just have to reach out ourselves, and draw people into our lives.

Rocky Point Resort, OR

My friends made our 3 days together on the lake (Rocky Point Resort) sort of like a story you’d read about. It truly was magical …

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They whisked me off in a canoe, just around the bend to the resort, and little did I know that when we turned the corner …

Lake Dinner with Summer Zucchini Galette

This would be waiting for me.

Dinner on the lake

Perfect in every way. The rug, the table, the chairs, the setting. The tiki torches on the corner of the dock. The sky, the menu, the friends, the decor.

Dinner on the lake

It was a dinner party like none other. (Trip tip, Summer Zucchini Galette, Wedge Salad, and roasted potatoes).

Summer Zucchini Galette

Blessings come with surprises. I’ve heard I’m hard to surprise, but this time I was completely amazed, and it was a fabulous night.

Do you think out-of-the-box when it comes to your making your friends’ birthdays special?


Summer Zucchini Galette
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Summer Zucchini Galette

Adapted from BH&G Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 6


  • 2 medium summer zucchini squash thinly sliced (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 15- oz. package rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Fresh herbs finely chopped


  • Sprinkle zucchini with salt; transfer to a colander; drain for 15 minutes. Remove and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Roll the pie crust on lightly floured parchment, to form a 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet or stone.
  • Mix the next 7 ingredients in a small bowl, ending with salt and pepper. Spread the ricotta mixture onto the piecrust, leaving a 1 1/2″ border.
  • Top with zucchini rounds. Drizzle with olive oil. Gently fold over the pasty edges, pleating as necessary.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and 1 tsp. water. Lightly brush the pastry edges with egg mixture.
  • Bake the galette in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs, such as finely chopped dill weed or basil.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

11 comments on “Lake Dinner with Summer Zucchini Galette”

  1. What a wonderful birthday surprise!. Those are some amazing and creative friends. I am lucky to have a group of friends I feel the same way about. Good friends are such a treasure.

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  3. Just looking at the table again and backdrop for such a gorgeous dinner! You are blessed in having such thoughtful, caring friends!

  4. What a beautiful night that must have been!

  5. Looks lovely! Glad that you guys had a wonderful time!

  6. Wow…that looks like such a special time! ♥ And the galette looks fabulous!

  7. How fun… I love dinner al fresco. I cannot wait for Fall. It’s too hot in Texas right now.

  8. sounds like a wonderful time, good for you-

    this rang true for me and where I am at in my life currently:

    I think everyone wants to feel loved and special, but not everyone does. There are so many lonely people out there.

  9. What an enchanting scene, dinner on the dock! Loved this post!

  10. Oh, Sandy, how lovely! And such a beautiful gift from your friends.

    I had to explain to my daughter the other day when I bought zucchini at our local produce stand why I was a bit embarrassed…”because most people have tons of it in their garden and I didn’t plant any this summer.”

    Love your site, Sandy.

  11. What a magical surprise! I love lake-side celebrations in the summer. Also, thanks for the zucchini recipe! You can never get too much of a good thing, but zucchinis seem to test everyone’s patience in late summer!

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