Oil-Free Walnut Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Prep time:  30 mins

Total time:  30 mins

Serves: 4-6

 

Ingredients

  • PESTO
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 cup raw walnut halves
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • For the rest:
  • 4 to 6 large zucchini, Blade C or D
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Raw pine nuts, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pesto: Combine all of the pesto ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. For a chunkier texture, instead use the pulse function on your blender or food processor to gently mix the ingredients together.
  2. Use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to create “noodles” out of the peeled zucchini. For a warm dish, melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the zucchini “noodles” and tomatoes until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add in the pesto and stir quickly, just enough to warm the sauce, about 1 minute. Serve warm, with a sprinkle of pine nuts. For a cold dish, simply toss the raw zucchini “noodles” with the prepared pesto and top with the tomatoes and pine nuts.
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