Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease the baking sheet with olive oil.
Grate the squash on a fine grater or use a food processor. Add ½ teaspoon salt, and mix it together. Put the grated squash in a colander (or use a cheesecloth, see notes). Let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Use your hands to squeeze all the extra liquid from the grated squash in the colander. You should have about 1 cup of liquid for every pound of squash you use. Discard the liquid.
Combine all the tot ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. The mixture should be sticky and wet, like a thick paste. If it is too wet, add extra breadcrumbs. Form small tots with your hands (about 1.5-2 tablespoons squash mixture per tot). Tip: dip your hands into a bowl of cold water in between every few tots - this will help keep the squash mixture from sticking to your hands!
Arrange the tots on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes, or until golden on top and lightly browned on the bottom. Allow to rest 5 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet - this will help prevent them from sticking.
Make the dip:
In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce while the tots are baking. Serve as a dip for the warm tots!
If you want to use a cheesecloth instead of a colander to squeeze out the extra liquid from the tots, place the grated squash in a large doubled cheesecloth and make a tight ball. Squeeze the cheesecloth with your hands and twist it tighter to get the liquid out.
I recommend the colander method over the cheesecloth because you can really get in there with your hands and squeeze more liquid out.
If you want a summer squash recipe that does not straining or squeezing, try these Zucchini Fritters.
A few readers said the yogurt dip is a little too sour for them when using 2 teaspoons lemon juice. I always make it with 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice and I love it, but please start with less than 1 teaspoon and adjust to taste!
Nutrition facts assume 4 servings and will vary based on actual ingredients/brands used.