Easy Lemony Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto | Vegan & Gluten Free

These lemony zucchini noodles with avocado pesto are the ultimate healthy comfort food! Naturally gluten free and vegan, they’re delicious for a light dinner, or paired with your favorite protein for a nourishing lunch. Yum!

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado PestoSo this is the first dish I created with my new Paderno Veggie Spiralizer. Oh, my, yum. As pretty as these zucchini noodles are though, I’m glad you didn’t see my very first veggie noodle attempt with a carrot.

Not so pretty, although I finally got the hang of it.

Kind of.

I swear that if there had been hidden camera in my house, I would have been the poster child for a bunch of dumb blond raw carrot noodle making jokes…

How many blondes does it take to make one batch of raw carrot noodles…?

But these zucchini noodles? They’re SO easy to make, and super versatile too!

Zucchini Noodles

The brilliant thing about these zucchini noodles is that you can top them with anything you might  put on top of pasta.

Like my super yummy homemade Kale Pesto, or my favorite Greek Salsa with tomatoes and fresh oregano.

Or, my latest healthy and delicious creation, this creamy, dreamy Lemony Avocado Pesto

Lemony Avocado PestoSO good!!!

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

Easy Vegan Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

These easy vegan zucchini noodles with avocado pesto are just the thing when you're craving something lighter than pasta, yet equally delicious! Enjoy them alone for a light dinner, or pair them with your favorite protein for a nourishing lunch.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini, ends cut off, and cut into spiral noodles with a spiralizerΒ or shredded with a grater or food processor
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the zucchini "noodles" using a spiralizer, grater, or food processor with the grater attachment and set aside.
  • Make the pesto in a food processor or blender by combining all the remaining ingredients until well-blended, scraping the sides as needed.
  • Mix the pesto into the zucchini noodles and top with additional pine nuts if desired.

Notes

Raw, vegan, and naturally gluten-free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 234mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

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35 Comments

  1. I love zucchini noodles! This avocado pesto sounds amazing!!

  2. Thank you, great recipe. Just finished it and it was so yummy πŸ˜‰ Great website, came here randomly but now I’ll keep coming back for more

    Artur
    Vancouver, BC

    1. Hi Artur! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know how much you enjoyed the zucchini noodles! Happy to have you come back for more recipes πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  3. I’ve made this recipe 3 times now and all with rave reviews. The avocado pesto is amazing! Thank you!

    1. So glad to hear that Jilll, and thanks so much for sharing! I always love getting feedback on my recipes. I know I like them, but it’s always great to hear when someone else does too πŸ™‚

  4. That lemon avocado pesto is genius! And I hate that you take such beautiful pictures! πŸ™‚ Makes me wanna go grab my screen lols! Cheers on a great recipe!

    1. Thanks so much Robert! It’s absolutely delicious-hope you get to give it a try πŸ™‚

  5. This would be a perfect make ahead lunch Terra! Give it a try and let me know what you think πŸ™‚ Hope you are doing well too! xoxo

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I had a lot of fun making them too πŸ™‚ Hope you are well and having a fabulous summer!

  6. Hubby and I have been trying to eat lighter, fresher and more raw food meals and your pretty and fresh looking plate looks just the job! Clearly we won’t be compromising on any taste level with this dish…so you think I could use a julienne contraption for the courgette? X

    1. Absolutely you could make your “noodles” any which way you choose Deena πŸ™‚ The great thing about this dish, is that it is “light” and healthy, yet completely satisfying at the same time. I hope you and your hubby enjoy it!

  7. Yum! I just bought a spiralizer the other month and am always on the lookout for some recipe inspiration! I bet the lemon adds such a nice flavor!

    1. Hi and so glad you stopped by! I hope you enjoy the recipe and I’d love to hear about any other veggie noodle combinations you come up with πŸ™‚ Cheers!

  8. I do a lemony avocado pasta thingy too – but not with yummy zucchini noodles. Must get me a spiralizer. I’ve been put off getting one as they are a bit of a fiddle and kind of plasticky, but everyone swears that doesn’t matter when you have a pile of beautiful vegetable noodles to plunder. Would you recommend this brand, EA?

    1. Hi Kellie! Yes-you must get a spiralizer as I imagine you would make all sorts of yummy things with one πŸ™‚ To answer your question, I would definitely recommend this brand (got the recommendation of of the Inspiralized website) with two caveats…1. I have never tried another one, so nothing to compare it with, and 2). I really did have some problems getting the carrot to work, although now that I know how, I think it will get much easier, and Big Tex ate all his spiralized carrots, so that’s worth it’s weight in gold πŸ™‚

    1. I love all the veggie noodle dishes on your blog Sylvie! Hope you enjoy these too πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Genevieve! I haven’t tried using a veggie peeler, but I bet it would work well-just a little more elbow grease πŸ™‚

  9. Officially envious of all your zucchini Kristi! Sorry you got a bum spiralizer the first time around πŸ™ I hope the spiralizing Gods are on your side the 2nd time around πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Carolyn!! I’m super inspired to try more zucchini noodle {and other veggie noodle} recipes now πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Kelli! I like the spiralizer b/c it’s a smallish gadget that doesn’t take up TOO much space in the kitchen πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, yes, this pesto would be good on everything Lindsay πŸ™‚ Hope you give it a try!

    1. Thanks Jeanette! The creamy avocado makes this serious “comfort food” πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve been meaning to purchase a spiralizer..not so sure why I’m still without. This looks like the perfect summer side dish to take to a picnic. Served alongside salmon or shrimp and I’m a happy camper. Hope you had a wonderful fourth of July weekend!

    1. A picnic sounds wonderful Min-on my daughter’s bucket list for the summer πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you create with a spiralizer if you get one-no doubt it will be seriously delicious! My 4th of July weekend was absolutely perfect-hope yours was too {in Korea still?}