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Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Who’s ready for all things summer? The grill. The beach. The sun. The BBQs. The s’mores. The pasta salads. I sure am. I am also ready for all things fresh summer veggies. I can’t wait for all the summer squash and sun ripened tomatoes so that I can make this Zucchini Noodle, Tomato and Avocado salad over and over again. With fresh zucchini noodles, tomatoes and avocado all tossed in a lemon basil vinaigrette it is like summer in a bowl and will be your new go to salad this summer too. I just know it.

A lot of the recipes that I see for zucchini noodles involve cooking them for a short amount of time. But I wanted to try a recipe using raw zucchini noodles. After all, summer is coming and you’ve got to have some no cook recipes in your repertoire and this Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad is perfect.

This recipe uses my favorite new kitchen gadget: my spiralizer.

I first wrote about it when I made these Sweet Potato Noodles and I thought I loved it then. Truth be told, as much as I loved those sweet potato noodles, I could not wait for the chance to make some gorgeous summer salads with my spiralizer. I mean, after all, we eat with our eyes too don’t we? And seriously, spiralized vegetables are so gosh darn pretty. 

Summer salads = delicious

Summer Spiralized Salads = delicious AND pretty.

But what if you don’t have a spiralizer? Well, I’m going to solve that problem for one of you. Because I’m kind of obsessed with mine and think everyone should own one, I am going to give one away. A Paderno Tri-Blade Sprializer to be exact. It is the one I use in my kitchen and I love, love, love it.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment in the comment sections below telling me your favorite summer vegetable and I’ll pick a winner at random.

And, if you win, the first thing you are going to want to make is this Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad. :)

Rules:

Open to US residents only.

Giveaway ends Friday May 29 at 5:00PM PST.

Winners will be picked at random and must respond within 48 hours or I will have to pick another winner.

Zucchini Noodle, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Print Recipe
Serves 4 Prep Time:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut in half, stems removed
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado, diced

Instructions

1

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and basil together in a food processor and process just until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2

Using the 1/8 inch spacing blade, cut the zucchini into noodles.

3

Place zucchini, tomatoes and avocado together in a bowl. Drizzle dressing over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • fujimama

    I love summer salads like this! And I’m with you on the spiralizer…those noodles are so pretty! My favorite summer vegetable is homegrown tomatoes (I they’re really a fruit…what can I say? I can’t help but cheat.)

  • Rachel S

    I love grilling zuchinni! Basically anything with zuchinni. Or avocado!
    Love all your recipes, nothing ever disappoints!

  • Food Done Light

    Part of my is ready for summer and part is not. I am looking forward to the delicious veggies that are in this salad.

  • Rachel A

    That looks delicious! My favorite summer vegetable is tomatoes straight out of the garden or farm stand. The flavor is so much fuller.

  • Lori Papadatos

    This salad looks so fresh and appetizing on a hot summer day or night! A must try!! My fav summer vegetable is a toss up between corn and zuccini. Love em both!

  • Anne Pendleton

    My favorite summer veggies are zucchini, avocado, and corn! I love them all times of the year! My granddad who just passed away in December, used to make me breaded/fried zuchini fries and they were the best!!! Going to miss them! :)

  • Ellen Kinney Folke

    Mm mm, looks fab! Favorite summer veg is tough, but I think corn wins. 😃

  • Brittany W.

    Looks yummy! My favorite summer vegetables are grilled zucchini and squash!!

  • MomOnTimeout

    What a delicious looking summer salad!

  • Charlene Taibi-taylor

    Great salad! My favorite summer veggie is eggplant on the grill

  • grace

    corn. it’s always been corn. :)

  • Louise

    Corn on the cob! Especially cooked on the grill!

  • Kim Krier

    Tomatoes! Can’t beat vine ripened tomatoes from my garden.

  • Jenna

    I keep on seeing this spiralizer machine every where and now I want to get one!

  • This is a gorgeous summer salad! The dressing sounds wonderful. My favorite summer vegetable is definitely peppers!

  • Mary Rayne Pickert

    Hi Lauren,
    My favorite summer veggie is home grown tomatoes. I put in 16 plants this year. The spiral zucchini looks fun and healthy. I feed a big family–I hope you pick me! :-)
    Thanks, Mary

  • Ashley Kolpak

    My favorite summer veggie is zucchini!!
    cricketlady29@hotmail.com

  • Susan S. Bradley

    I’m going to have to break down and buy a spiralizer. So I can make this lovely salad. :-)

  • Liana Hagerman

    Oh definitely zucchini, though yellow squash is a close runner up!

  • Rebecca Mongrain

    My favorite summer vegetable has to be zucchini!

  • Alex Robertson

    I am dying for one of these Spiralizers! I seriously can not get enough sweet potato and will eat them anyway from now until Sunday lol. My husband thinks it is gross that I eat them cold and raw sometimes, but I just smile and eat them anyway. I NEED to spiralize one :)…. My favorite summer veggie is sweet corn though… On the grill with lime and cilantro sprinkled after… Yum! This recipe looks awesome.

  • tripp

    It is definitely a tossup between zucchini and tomatoes!

  • disqus_argbgzCTUM

    I love the bounty of summer veggies! I’m particularly fond of both zucchini and sweet potatoes.

  • TEAMPANIC42

    Too many to list, but corn is up there.

  • Jerald Lynch

    “sweet 100s” cherry tomatoes are my favorite summer veggie, and I cannot wait to try them in this recipe with my new spiralizer.

  • lindsay mizer

    I live for fresh, garden grown tomatoes and zucchini! Or basically any grilled veggie during the summertime!

  • c

    Zucchini

  • Christy

    Yum! I have two growing boys. Your salad will be fabulous for the summer.

    My favorite summer vegetable…actually it’s a fruit..it a sliced heirloom
    tomato drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and
    thinly sliced basil. I can’t wait!

    Best,
    Christy

  • Melody Gonser

    This recipe looks fantastic. Thank you for your giveaway. My favorite summer vegetable is zucchini. There are so many things you can do with it.

  • Shannon Dillavou

    My favorite summer vegetable is Grandpa’s green beans….grown in his backyard with love. I grew up picking beans fresh off the vine for dinner or jarred for use in winter. I’ve tried growing the same brand and variety but my patio garden doesn’t have the years of careful crafting my grandparents’ half acre offers. Grandpa is no longer with us but Grandma is doing her best to keep his beans going. There is nothing better than fresh garden green beans, no butter or salt required.

  • Cheryl

    Zucchini is so versatile and delicious in any recipe.

  • Laura

    I love them all BUT my favorite has to be our home grown tomatoes! Mmm Mmm Good! And right off the vine is even better when they are still warm from the sun!

  • Janice

    Zucchini

  • Sue

    Tomatoes are my favorite

  • Deb

    Summer (yellow) squash and zucchini are both runner ups for me. Love it grilled with garlic and butter.

  • sara

    Tomatoes from the garden for sure!

  • Sherrie

    Looks Amazing! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for all your great recipes.

  • pam

    Hands down, there is absolutely nothing better than a summer tomato —- any kind!!! They are devine raw, sliced with kosher salt, stuffed with anything from zucchini (spirals!!!) to shrimp, stewed, roasted, and the best, a BLT!!!! On me, can’t wait.

  • Emil Strandquist

    Sweet corn! Risotto made with sweet corn is a summer favorite!

  • Ashley Walkowiak

    Homegrown string beans are the best!

  • Kari H.

    Zucchini is definitely my favorite summer vegetable. There’s just so much you can do with it!

  • Melissa Cushman

    I would use with Summer squash-love it!

  • Maggie

    Tomatoes are my absolute favorite garden produce, but cantaloupe comes in a close second. I agree with Pam – there is so much you can do with a tomato. A sweet cantaloupe allowed to ripen on the vine is divine – like eating candy!

  • Lynanne Bruno

    My favorite from my own garden is tomatoes but I also love sweet corn on the cob!!

  • Casey

    I love your recipes! My favorite veggie from our garden is green beans, and the kids love the peas. Happy cooking!

  • Lindsay Henry

    This would be perfect for us to eat! We’ve been doing Whole 30 and can’t wait to try this!

  • Jane Richmond

    My favorite summer vegetable is asparagus. My next favorite is sweet corn on the cob. Both are so yummy!!

  • Starla

    That looks absolutely delicious. My favorite vegetable would have to definitely be corn on the cob! :) So yummy! starla.bates@yahoo.com

  • Angie Ryan Tyner

    Homegrown tomatoes….yum!!

  • Jae

    Dill, technically a summer veg., but if not, then definitely Chile Peppers – Preferably Serrano and Jalapeno.

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  • Tejal

    Green beans and avocados are my favorite summer vegetables! :)

  • Sherry French

    Avocados, green beans, zucc. All veggies

  • Cheryl Bradstock

    Zucchini is my favourite….for baking breads, cookies, etc….as a raw veggie or baked/boiled….for me it was a childhood vegetable….always grown in our family’s garden!

  • Brianne Eileen

    Zucchini for sure. It is so versatile. I have 4 plants started. But I also love tomatoes of all varieties, eggplant, cucumbers, fresh herbs, etc I could go on and on. I need a spiralizer! I live on zucchini noodles in the summer and doing them by hand is a little tedious.

  • Brianne Eileen

    And I’m trying this recipe tonight! It is exactly what I was looking for. I’m pairing it with grilled ahi.

  • San

    I brought the salad to a BBQ and it was an absolute winner. Thank you!

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