Heather’s Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Author:Cookie and Kate
Prep Time:20 mins
Total Time:20 mins
4.8 from 24 reviews
Fresh, raw zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto and cherry tomatoes make a light, healthy meal. Make this recipe for lunch or dinner, or serve it as a side! Recipe yields 4 generous main dish servings.
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, to taste (or lemon juice)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt, to taste
3 large zucchini
1 pint cherry tomatoes (Heather served her tomatoes whole; I halved mine vertically)
Fresh basil leaves, for garnishing
To prepare the pesto: In a food processor, combine the onion (if using, see notes), garlic, basil, toasted pepitas, olive oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth and season with salt, to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon—if the mixture tastes overwhelmingly oniony, don’t worry, it will mellow in a few minutes. I added another teaspoon of vinegar to help balance the flavors).
To prepare the noodles: Spiralize the zucchini with a spiralizer (here’s how), or turn the zucchini into noodles with a julienne peeler, or grate the zucchini the long way on a large box grater. Toss the zucchini with pesto until well coated, and season with salt (I added another 1/4 teaspoon).
Transfer the pesto noodles to a large platter and sprinkle with the cherry tomatoes. Tuck the fresh basil in to the corners to garnish.
Recipe minimally adapted from Pure Delicious by Heather Christo, with permission. *If you’re sensitive to the flavor of raw onion, just skip it. **To toast the pepitas, pour them into a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the seeds are fragrant and the pepitas are starting to make little popping noises, around 5 minutes.
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