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. :)
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 SaladPrint Recipe
- 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
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.
Using the 1/8 inch spacing blade, cut the zucchini into noodles.
Place zucchini, tomatoes and avocado together in a bowl. Drizzle dressing over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve.