10 Zucchini Noodle Recipes for Light Summer Meals

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Zucchini noodles are an ideal choice when you are craving pasta, but want to skip the carbs and calories that come with traditional noodle dishes. Whether you are looking for light and healthy meals to add to your repertoire or are following a low-carbohydrate or vegan diet, these guilt-free zucchini noodle recipes will satisfy your taste buds. Zoodles are quick and easy to make with a spiralizer tool, or a vegetable peeler and cook quickly to the perfect "al dente" texture.

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    Spiralized Zucchini With Garlic and Basil

    Spiralized Zucchini With Garlic and Basil

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    Craving garlicky pasta on your low-carb diet? Try this tasty, healthful spiralized zucchini recipe that borrows the flavor of a summer pasta. It's calls for five ingredients and is ready to enjoy in about the time it would took to cook a pot of spaghetti. Spiralized or julienned zucchini (or any summer squash) is quickly sauteed in a skillet on your stovetop along with fresh basil leaves, crushed garlic cloves, and olive oil or butter. It's tossed with Parmesan cheese right before serving.

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    Kohlrabi, Zucchini, and Cucumber Salad

    Kohlrabi, Zucchini and Cucumber Salad

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    Serve this beautiful raw vegetable salad in place of coleslaw at summer cookouts. Tender zucchini spirals make a great textural complement to crunchy kohlrabi and cucumber curls and the color combination looks pretty on a plate. The veggies are tossed in a tangy Dijon mustard and horseradish dressing that packs plenty of flavor. To avoid a soggy salad, pat zucchini noodles dry with paper towels after spiralizing and serve the salad immediately after making it.

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    Cold Five-Spice Zucchini Noodle Salad

    Cold Five-Spice Zucchini Noodle Salad

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    Enjoy chicken "pasta" salad on a Paleo diet with this clever zucchini noodle version that's loaded with palate-pleasing flavors. Diced cooked chicken breast is combined with spiralized zucchini, julienned carrots, and chopped fresh cilantro, all tossed in a salty, sweet, and sour dressing made with apple cider vinegar and Chinese five-spice powder. Top with sliced raw or toasted almonds and serve at once.

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    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp Scampi

    Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp Scampi

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    Sweet, juicy shrimp mingle with zucchini noodles in this healthy weeknight dinner that mimics the classic seafood pasta. It's suitable for those following high-protein, low-carbohydrate Paleo, and keto diets. Peeled raw shrimp are tossed in a pan with butter, oil, garlic, vermouth, lemon juice and zest, chopped parsley, and red pepper flakes, before mingling with briefly sauteed zucchini "spaghetti." Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a Italian-style dinner that is low on calories and only takes 20 minutes to make.

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    Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Salad

    Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Salad

    Brenda Bennett

    Makeover your usual brown bag lunch with this vegetarian salad that takes only a few minutes to assemble and can be toted to work in a mason jar or a glass container. It starts with spiralized zucchini noodles that are topped with halved cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, cheese, and light vinaigrette dressing. Keep it simple or dress it up with ripe avocado, sliced fresh mushrooms, torn basil leaves, steamed edamame beans, or even olives.

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    Zucchini "Spaghetti" With Coriander, Garlic, Pine Nuts and Lemon

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    Quick and easy zucchini "spaghetti" is a tasty side dish for serving with baked fish, roast chicken, and other light entrees. The noodles are tossed in a flavorful sauce made from sauteed, ground coriander seed, pine nuts, garlic, fresh thyme. Dressed with a light drizzle of olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of sea salt, they make an excellent, gluten-free substitute for traditional spaghetti. For the full pasta experience, feel free to add in some Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper. You will want to have a mortar and pestle, spice grinder, or mini food processor on hand when making this dish, for prepping the spices.

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    Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Spiralized Zucchini Pasta

    Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Spiralized Zucchini Pasta

    Stephanie Kirkos

    On hot summer days, dig into a cool colorful plate of zucchini pasta with vegetables and cheese. Quickly cooked zucchini noodles are tossed with sweet corn kernels, juicy grape tomatoes, mild shallots, aromatic fresh basil, and s crumbled goat cheese. For the perfect pasta-like texture, be sure not to overcook the zucchini spirals, which take only a couple of minutes to get to "al dente." Enjoy this dish as a light summer main—with or without added cooked shrimp or chicken cubes—or serve as a colorful side dish for burgers.

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    Grilled Chicken With Lemon-Tahini Zucchini Noodles

    Grilled Chicken With Lemon-Tahini Zucchini Noodles

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    Grilled chicken breasts become much more exciting when they're served with a colorful medley of cherry tomatoes and zucchini noodles prepared in a creamy dressing of tahini, lemon juice, fresh parsley, and olive oil. Feta cheese crumbles are sprinkled on top, adding to the Mediterranean flavor.

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    Gluten-Free Jewish Zoodle Kugel

    Gluten-Free Jewish Zoodle Kugel

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    Kugels are a classic Jewish holiday dish that are traditionally made with egg noodles. This clever healthier recipe uses spiralized zoodles instead for a kugel that can be completely gluten free if you use gluten-free matzo meal and matzo. Don't skip the step of draining the cooked zucchini in a colander before adding to the baking dish as this helps to prevent a watery casserole.

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    Spiralizer Asian Chicken Vegetable Soup

    Spiralizer Asian Chicken Vegetable Soup

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    Udon soup is a Japanese restaurant favorite that you can recreate inexpensively at home with this simple Asian chicken zoodle soup recipe. Spiralized squash and sweet potato mingle with packaged fresh udon noodles and shredded cooked chicken (use leftovers or a rotisserie bird) in a simple broth with Asian seasonings and a little jalapeno for heat.