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Zucchini noodle caprese is made from my favorite gluten-free pasta alternative, zucchini noodles - and inspired by one of my all time favorite salads, caprese.
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Zucchini Noodle Caprese

This zucchini noodle caprese is a delicious, healthy salad made from zucchini noodles and a few simple, fresh ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Zoodle Caprese, Zucchini Noodle Caprese, Zucchini Noodle Caprese Salad
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 8 ounces small balls of buffalo mozzarella in water

Basil Pesto

  • 2 tbsp raw pine nuts plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste

Garnish

  • toasted pine nuts
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Toast the pine nuts in a skillet on medium low heat for 5 minutes, tossing gently. Then place them in your food processor.
  • Toast the cashews in the same skillet for 10 minutes, tossing gently. Then transfer to your food processor.
  • Add the remaining pesto ingredients into your food processor except the olive oil. Pulse until the ingredients are mixed. Turn your food processor on while slowly pouring the olive oil. Process until your pesto is smooth and creamy, then set aside.
  • Cut the ends off each zucchini and use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Place these into a large bowl.
  • Cut your tomatoes in half and place into the bowl with the zucchini. Cut your mozzarella balls in half and place in the same bowl.
  • Using a spoon or spatula, remove all of the pesto from the food processor and add to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

  • For help spiralizing zucchini, watch my video on making zucchini noodles. And the spiralizer I use and love is the 6-Blade Paderno Spiralizer.
  • Zucchini noodles do become watery over time, so if you make this salad ahead of time you may find some liquid pooling in the bottom of your bowl. Simply tip the bowl over the sink to drain any excess water.

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2125IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 1055mg | Iron: 2mg