Last year I made a Zucchini Noodle Salad for the first time (this zucchini noodle salad with spicy peanut sauce). Now I’m addicted. Zucchini noodles are the perfect light and quick lunch! Lindsay, from Soul Food Living, and I teamed up one afternoon to make some beautiful zucchini noodles and catch up as we cooked, photographed, and nibbled along the way.
I’ve been making raw Zucchini Noodle Salads almost every day for lunch. My two main creations are an Italian style salad with cherry tomatoes basil and mozzarella, and a Greek style salad with tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. Both salads use the same simple dressing with olive oil and red wine vinegar plus a few shakes of salt and pepper. It’s simple and so so good!
You don’t have to have a big expensive mandolin to make zucchini noodles (though a good mandolin is nice to have) you just need a simple vegetable peeler (this one is my favorite because you cam make ribbons or spaghetti-like noodles with it and it’s only $8). We made the noodles two ways and liked them both thick and thin.
Both of these salads are raw but feel free to throw them in a pan for a light sauté before eating them. I think they are good both cooked and raw, I’ve just been craving cold food because of the hot temps lately.
Here are some other ideas for Zucchini Noodles:
Top any salad with them
Mix them in with regular noodles
Use them in place of noodles with your favorite spaghetti or pesto sauce
Make your favorite pasta salad and replace the noodles
A simple cool zucchini noodle salad make two ways, Italian-style and Greek-style. A perfect summer dish for a picnic, potluck, or dinner for two.
- 2 zucchini, made into noodles
- 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 10 basil leaves
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
- 2 zucchini
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup black olives
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
- Toss all ingredients together. Whisk dressing and pour over salad. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy on a hot summer day!
More Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipes:
Zucchini Noodles with Arrabiata Chickpeas by Cookie and Kate
Zucchini Coconut Noodles by Love and Lemons
Zucchini Ribbon Quinoa and Pesto Salad by Naturally Ella
And for those of you pin pinterest, here’s a image for you: