Zucchini Noodles With Pesto – Paleo Friendly

Today’s recipe is a simple paleo and vegan friendly side dish, or you can serve as a main dish. Zucchini noodles are an excellent substitution for pasta and are also great for those who are gluten-free and grain-free. The pesto sauce in this dish creates a beautiful green color, which is so festive for a holiday table. Individuals may need to modify the recipe to meet personal diet goals.


  • 4 small zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cups olive or avocado oil
  • ⅓ cups pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Make noodles: Use a spiralizer, julienne peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside.
  2. Make pesto: Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the pine nuts or walnuts. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the zucchini noodles and pesto.
  4. Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated.
  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled. To heat, sauté in a skillet over medium heat until warm, about 2 minutes. Serve topped with grilled chicken or shrimp, if desired.

Serves 4

Recipe by: Stephanie Eckelkamp for Prevention

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