Summer Vegetable Tian

$5.11 recipe / $0.85 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.74 from 121 votes
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Why can’t vegetables be plentiful and yummy all year long? I don’t know, but I intend to enjoy them while they’re around. This Summer Vegetable Tian is the perfect easy side to showcase the medley of delicious vegetables the summer has to offer.

Top view of Vegetable Tian in baking dish

I like to enjoy the natural subtle flavors of vegetables. I’m not all for frying or smothering with thick, rich sauces, but sometimes I want something a little more. This Summer Vegetable Tian lands half way between both worlds. The vegetables are sliced thin, seasoned only with a little salt, pepper, and thyme, and then topped with just a small amount of flavorful cheese. Roasting the vegetables magnifies their flavor and gives them just a hint of sweetness. It’s veggietastic.

Creamy cheeses work really well with this dish but I happened to have a four cheese Italian blend on hand so I used that.

Side view of vegetable tian in baking dish
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Summer Vegetable Tian

4.74 from 121 votes
Fresh summer vegetables and savory herbs are layered together then topped with cheese before baking to perfection in this summer vegetable tian.
Fresh summer vegetables and savory herbs are layered together then topped with cheese before baking to perfection in this Summer Vegetable Tian. BudgetBytes.com
Servings 6
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion ($0.42)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($0.11)
  • 1 medium zucchini ($0.75)
  • 1 medium yellow squash ($0.56)
  • 1 medium potato ($0.77)
  • 1 medium tomato ($0.71)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme ($0.10)
  • Salt & pepper ($0.05)
  • 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese ($1.40)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, optional garnish ($0.08)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic with olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the onions are soft and transparent (about 5 minutes).
  • While the onion and garlic are sautéing, slice the zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and potato thinly (1/4-inch slices). Make sure the potatoes are very thin so that they soften quickly while in the oven.
  • Coat the inside of an 8×8″ casserole dish with non-stick spray. Spread the sautéed onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Arrange the other sliced vegetables, stacked vertically like dominos, in an alternating pattern. Season the top of the vegetables generously with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with the shredded cheese, and bake without the foil for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown. Top with chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 135.83kcalCarbohydrates: 11.37gProtein: 6gFat: 7.9gSodium: 309.57mgFiber: 1.78g
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How to Make a Vegetable Tian – Step By Step Photos

Sauté Onion and Garlic

Begin by preheating the oven to 400ºF. Dice one yellow onion and mince two cloves of garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic with 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until soft and transparent.

Sauteed Onion and Garlic in Dish

Place the sautéed onion and garlic in the bottom of an 8×8 (or similar size) casserole dish.

Whole Vegetables for Tian
Wash one potato, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato to remove any dirt or debris.

Sliced Vegetables for Tian

Slice the vegetables into 1/4-inch thick slices. The tomato and potato had very large diameters compared to the squash, so I cut them in half before slicing to make them a more similar size.

Layered vegetables in baking dish

Layer the potato, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomato in the dish over the onion and garlic in an alternating pattern. It doesn’t need to be pretty, just squeeze them in there any way you can.

Seasoning with Salt, Pepper, and Thyme

Season the top of the vegetables generously with salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

Shredded cheese being added to top of dish

After baking for 30 minutes, remove the foil and top with about 1 cup of shredded Italian blend cheese. Return the Summer Vegetable Tian to the oven (without the foil) and continue to bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Top view of Baked Summer Vegetable Tian

Top with a little fresh chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

Close up of Vegetable Tian

Helllooooo gorgeous.

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  1. Can this be frozen? Either before or after cooking? If so, how would you go about doing that?

    1. I haven’t tried freezing this one. It might do okay, aside from a little more water seeping from it after thawing. I wouldn’t do anything special, just let it cool after baking and then make sure it’s in an air tight container. You’d probably need to reheat in the microwave.

  2. I made the vegetable tian today for the first time. Since it is summer, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes are abundant at farmers markets. The recipe was easy to make and the results were delicious.

  3. I made this recipe for the first time ever it came really good. Took 1 hour exactly. Everyone liked it!

  4. I made this and even though I used my mandolin on the lowest setting, the potatoes still weren’t soft enough. I think I would pre-cook them next time I’m the microwave to give them a head start. Also I was crazy about the thyme. I will use a very minimum amount or change my seasoning. Other than that, we enjoyed the dish.

  5. I’ve made this countless times! Always so good! If I have eggplant I add that too! Delicious