{Recipe Files}: Zoodles with Avocado Pesto

This will not be the last time you hear the word 'zoodle' around here, or see a picture of those green strands of deliciousness!
As promised, I'm bringing you one of the zoodle recipes I found online and made a few weeks ago--the best part is, it comes together in a matter of minutes!

What You Need:
-3 medium zucchini
-2 cups fresh basil leaves
-1/3 pine nuts (toasted: optional)
-1 avocado
-2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp from jar)
-1 lemon (juice)
-sea salt to taste
-1 can chickpeas, drained
-sun-dried tomatoes (original recipe says for garnish. I added about 5-6 Tablespoons of julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes from the jar and highly recommend)

What You Do:
1. Use your spiralizer and zoodle-ize (yeah I made that up) your noodles into a large bowl.
(If you've never done this before, just cut off the end of the zucchini and spin it around in your spiralizer)
2. In a food processor (thank you, wedding gift!), combine the basil leaves, pine nuts (mine were not toasted), avocado, garlic, lemon juice, and sea salt. Pulse/process until it's smooth. 
Taste test it and add any additional things you may need to get it to taste how you'd like.
3. Toss the pesto with your zoodles. Add in the chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes, and toss.
Voila! Simple, easy and tasty!

*I sprinkled a little bit of Parmesan cheese on top of mine, because....cheese. It was delicious :)*

I will warn you, that this makes enough for leftovers, and leftovers were good, BUT since it's avocado based, it turned color a little over night, and the zoodles were a little less crisp, so it didn't look as appetizing the next day. It still TASTED good, but upon first glance wasn't the most appealing to look at. Just be forewarned.

Stay tuned for my next zoodle recipe, which was even better than this one!
Check out some more of my recipes on my Recipes Page
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16 comments:

  1. I have to get rid of the pine nuts in this (Gary is allergic) but other than that it sounds great - especially the avocado in the pesto! Can't wait to try this!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I seriously need a spiralizer in my life! B/c I need to try this asap! I LOVE avocado!!

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  3. Yummmmmm! I just recently jumped on the "zoodle train", and this looks amazing. Avocado pesto?! Sign me up :-D

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  4. You guys seriously make me want to get a spiralizer with all of these amazing recipes.... then I remember I'm lazy and making my own noodles sounds like a lot of work haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. bahahahahaha thank you for that disclaimer because you know a certain somebody would have that comment ;-) That looks so good!!!

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  6. Mah goodness this looks amazing!!!!!

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  7. OH my goodness...this sounds and looks amazing!

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  8. I think I'm definitely going to be starting to make zoodles due to your great recipes! Really can't wait until that next one!

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  9. You had me at zoodles and pesto. :) this looks delicious!

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  10. Ooooooh, YUM! I never thought to add avocado to my pesto! This is much healthier than the pesto sauce I make... which includes whipping cream and butter, HA! Definitely trying this recipe asap!

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  11. I almost fell on the floor last week when Matt said he LIKED the shrimp and zoodle recipe!! We will be trying this one next week, adding in some chicken to keep the husband satisfied!

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  12. Ok Im making this! Love how you added the avocado to give it a creamy texture!

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  13. This looks sooooooo good! Love pesto noodles. I bet the zoodles were just as good!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  14. I don't think I could handle this. Texture nightmare! I did tho go buy a bottle of that hotsauce on Saturday after being at your place lol

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