Raw Zucchini Noodles with Paleo Pesto

October 17, 2014

Raw Zucchini Noodles with Paleo Pesto

This raw zucchini noodles and paleo pesto salad is a simple, healthy and clean plant-based meal full of goodness. The paleo pesto is bursting with flavour from the fresh basil and raw garlic, and the raw zucchini noodles have such an interesting texture and freshness.

Raw zucchini noodles are definitely all the rage at the moment.  I love raw zucchini noodles mixed with raw carrot and beetroot noodles in my salads.  The colours are amazing!  Strange as it may seem, I also think the act of preparing the vegetables in this way actually changes their flavour.  Raw zucchini noodles or raw beetroot noodles have a different flavour to eating slices of raw zucchini or beetroot. They taste really good. Plus you are getting all the goodness from eating raw vegetables. All those enzymes and phytonutrients are so good for you! Preparing vegetable noodles will also save you time. Making zucchini noodles – or ‘zoodles’ – is much easier and quicker than chopping zucchinis and cooking them.  This is especially true if you have a handy spiral maker in your kitchen to help you out.

I had a really beautiful day on Sunday.  I spent it with family and friends, learning lots about the wonderful benefits of essential oils. I left my friend’s house feeling centred and invigorated.  When I got home, all I felt like was something raw and green.  I had lots of zucchinis in the fridge and I have a plentiful supply of basil in my garden.  I also had some baby spinach in the fridge that I really needed to use. So, raw zucchini noodles with paleo pesto it was.

If you think you are going to make vegetable noodles on a regular basis, I highly recommend buying a vegetable spiraliser.  The one I have has three different blades, so you can make different shaped vegetables.  My husband was experimenting with it tonight and made these amazing spiral potato chips.  Very cool.

You can order vegetable spiralisers online or find them at good kitchen stores or health food stores.  I think they’re a really wonderful contraption to have in your kitchen if you want to eat more raw foods.  My kids also love using our spiraliser and they’re much more inclined to try the raw foods that it produces.  Alternatively, you can always make vegetable ribbons with your peeler.  Zucchini ribbons are beautiful in salads too.

Raw Zucchini Noodles

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 organic zucchinis
  • Vegetable spiraliser

Method

  1. Cut off the ends of your zucchinis and place one zucchini in the vegetable spiraliser. Create your zucchini noodles. Repeat for the other zucchini. Place the zucchini spirals in a mixing bowl.
  2. If your vegetable spiraliser takes out the core of the zucchini, then you can always keep this to put in a stew or a stir-fry dish later on.

Now it’s time to make your pesto.

Paleo Pesto with Basil and Baby Spinach

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh organic basil, washed
  • 1 cup of organic baby spinach, washed
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled and chopped into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients into your food processor or Thermomix.  If using a food processor, blend until well combined and the pine nuts have been chopped well.  It will have a slightly creamy consistency.  If using your Thermomix, blend for 30 seconds on speed 6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and blend for a further 10 seconds to ensure all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Taste to ensure the seasoning is right for you and add more salt if desired.
  2. Place the paleo pesto mixture into your mixing bowl and mix well with your zucchini noodles. You want to coat the zucchini noodles well with this beautifully green and vibrant pesto. When I eat food like this, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful goodness I am eating. It’s just so good for my mind and body.
  3. Serve your raw zucchini noodles and paleo pesto straight away in your favourite bowls. I like to drizzle mine with a little bit of organic extra virgin olive oil.

Now if you don’t have a vegetable spiraliser, you can still make this recipe!  Just grab a grater and grate your zucchinis.  Easy!  Below is a picture of some grated zucchini and carrot with the paleo pesto and a big dollop of Cumin Spiced Hummus that I featured earlier on the blog.  This was so delicious.  Of course, if you have this recipe with hummus it is no longer paleo, but the pesto and the hummus together are just divine!

 




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