Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with Poached Eggs

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Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with Poached Eggs |

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Grilled Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with Poached Eggs |

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This pesto summer squash is straight from the book but I added a poached egg to move it from an appetizer to a solid meal. Summer squash usually gets mixed in with zucchini and I occasionally like to let it shine on it's own. The light flavor of the squash soaks up all the good flavor of the pesto.

Pairings for Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta


While you could easily eat this bruschetta toast for breakfast, I actually prefer to ditch the bread. Instead of poaching the egg, I make an omelet that is stuffed with the grilled pesto summer squash and feta. It's an easy way to keep the meal gluten-free without worrying about the toast. Either way you prepare it, this meal goes well with:

Side: Bowl of fresh berries: blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries
Drink: Clean, full-bodied breakfast coffee

Lunch/Light Dinner

The nice thing about this recipe is that the pesto summer squash can easily be dressed up for a solid lunch or a light dinner. Instead of making another full recipe, I find it's best to let the summer flavors shine. For lunch or dinner I would pair this bruschetta with:

Side: Fresh sliced tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Drink: Sauvignon Blanc-medium bodied that is crisp/dry but if you can find one that has notes of lemon and/or fruit (like peaches).


Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with Poached Eggs

This pesto summer squash recipe is from The Easy Vegetarian Cookbook. The original recipe is doesn't call for the egg, but with the addition, this meal becomes the perfect lunch or light dinner.

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • Squash
  • 1 medium summer squash
  • 1/4 small red onion, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups packed basil leaves, plus extra for topping
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (look for cheese that uses vegetarian rennet)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pieces of toast
  • 2 large eggs, poached
  • 1 to 2 ounces feta


  1. To make the squash, light the grill to medium-light heat. Slice the squash into 1/2 slices. Brush the squash and onions with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side until charred. Remove from grill, let cool slightly, cut the squash into cubes, and dice onion.
  2. To make pesto: In a food processor, pulse the garlic. Add the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, olive oil, and lemon juice. Pulse until well combined, adding more liquid (olive oil/lemon juice) as needed to thin the consistency. Toss the grilled squash mixture with 1/4 cup of the pesto.
  3. Divide the squash mixture over the two pieces of toast. Finish with the poached egg, feta, and a sprinkle of basil.

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16 comments on “Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with Poached Eggs”

  1. This looks completely delicious. Totally healthy and bonus points for the beautiful color palette! I know what I'll be trying to make this week.

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  2. This sounds like the perfect quick lunch! And it's definitely a great way to eat as much fresh summer squash as possible. Love that beautiful poached egg yolk.

  3. This looks fantastic! I haven't had summer squash this summer yet, oddly, but this looks like it's my perfect kind of meal! I love simple, tasty, light but still nourishing meals like this in the summer!
    Marianne 🙂

  4. It's funny that I often see shoppers reach for zucchini and pass up yellow summer squash. I love the change, and your use for it with summer fresh basil.

  5. I like the idea of pairing this Pesto Summer Squash Bruschetta with berries. I prefer it with poached eggs because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a poached egg for breakfast, right? But of course, I'm interested as well in trying the omelet version.

  6. Just ordered cookbook and am excited to receive it. I love the blog and want to support you.


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