Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado-Basil Sauce
Is the heat getting to you yet?
Does the thought of turning your oven on make you want to cry?
Don’t fret! This simple no-cook meal is bursting with farm fresh flavors and doesn’t require heating up your kitchen with a hot oven. Major win!
In an effort to keep dinner easy during this heatwave I decided a simple zucchini noodle pasta was in order. We may be cranky and hot but hundreds of our summer squash and zucchini plants can’t get enough of this weather and they are cranking out fruit like crazy!
Not only are the zucchini plants happy but we have cherry tomatoes making their seasonal debut at the farm and they taste better than candy!
This zucchini “pasta” is perfect on a hot summer night when you are craving fresh ingredients but don’t want to cook. The creamy avocado basil sauce adds a lot of flavor and healthy fats which makes this a very substantial meal. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do. Stay cool and eat up!
Zucchini Noodles With Creamy Avocado-Basil Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Serves: 4
- 2 large zucchinis, julienned or spiralized
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned
- salt and pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 medium avocado, pitted
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil + more to thin if necessary
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients in a food processor and processing until smooth. Taste test and adjust seasonings as necessary. Add a little more oil if too thick and set sauce aside.
- Place the julienned zucchini noodles in a large bowl and toss with 1/2 of the avocado-basil sauce. Add cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, basil, salt and pepper. Taste test and add more of the avocado-basil sauce if necessary.
- Serve at room temperature and enjoy.
Notes*Use this recipe as a guide. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Taste test as you go