Caprese Zucchini Pasta Salad

Summer is a great time to break out the zoodle maker (aka spiralizer) and make THIS no cook Paleo recipe!

Caprese Zucchini Pasta SaladEnjoy a big bowl of this Caprese Zucchini Pasta Salad on a hot summer day with a side of ice cold kombucha or maybe a cherry smoothie.

If you increase the serving size on this recipe, it would be a great side dish to bring to any backyard BBQ or party. Paleo or not your guests will enjoy it…and you’ll get a good arm workout slicing all those zucchini’s. :)

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Some people refer to zucchini pasta as zoodles. I’m not a huge fan of using that term but if zoodles are part of your general vocabulary and you enjoy vegetable pasta, then this zoodle recipe is for you. :)

What are zoodles?

It’s zucchini + noodles = zoodles.

See? Now don’t you feel smart because I’m sure you already knew that. :p

How do you make Zucchini Pasta?

I’m not a huge fan of keeping too many seasonal tools in my kitchen but turning zucchini into pasta is quite simple if you have access to a spiralizer.

After testing it out at a friends house, I decided to pick up this Spiralizer. It works quite well and has a few different cutting attachments, although I typically use the one I last left on it. If that one doesn’t strike your fancy, there are a few different types of Spiralizers available to choose from on Amazon.

If you’re as skeptical as I was about adding this tool to your kitchen, you could always opt for a handheld doohickey like this Julienne peeler.

Why Is This Called Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad is a simple salad typically made up of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil.

This Zucchini Salad has all the makings of a caprese salad, minus the mozzarella. If your body’s cool with including dairy you can easily make this a Primal recipe by adding some chopped raw mozzarella.

You’ll find grass-fed raw mozzarella available at U.S. Wellness Meats or if you talk to a local farmer in your area, that may be your best option. Now is actually a great time to find those local farmers, especially if you frequent your local farmer’s market! :)

One More Thing

I was so excited because I was able to use fresh basil from my own garden to make this pasta salad! :)

Do you have a garden growing this year? How’s it going? Let me know.

Caprese Zucchini Pasta Salad

Caprese Zucchini Pasta Salad

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, spiralized
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8-12 loose fresh basil leaves, shredded
  • coarse ground sea salt, to taste
  • coarse ground black pepper, to taste
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Clean, trim and chop off the end of each zucchini and run them through a spiralizer. If you don't have a spiralizer you can slice, dice or cut into matchsticks as an alternative way to serve.
  2. Add zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, basil, sea salt, black pepper and drizzle olive oil into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. Let pasta salad sit for 10-20 minutes to let the flavors marinate. Transfer to a bowl (to contain the liquid dressing) and serve.
  4. Enjoy! :)