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Zucchini Noodles Salad

Zucchini Noodles Salad. A fresh zucchini noodle salad with tomatoes, zucchini, and avocado tossed in a lemon basil vinaigrette. Perfect for summer!

Who’s ready for all things summer? The grill. The beach. The sun. The BBQs and the s’mores. The pasta salads.  I am and 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 Noodles 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.

Zucchini Noodles Salad. A fresh zucchini noodle salad with tomatoes, zucchini, and avocado tossed in a lemon basil vinaigrette. Perfect for summer!

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 Zucchini Noodles Salad 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 Noodles Salad Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time:


  • 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.



Nutrition information

Calories: 255 , Total Fat: 22.7g , Saturated Fat: 4g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 27mg , Carbohydrates: 13.1g , Fiber: 5.8g , Sugar: 4.6g , Protein: 3.6g

  • San
    June 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

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

  • Brianne Eileen
    May 11, 2016 at 8:31 am

    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
      May 11, 2016 at 8:32 am

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

  • Cheryl Bradstock
    May 3, 2016 at 10:13 am

    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!

  • Sherry French
    May 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Avocados, green beans, zucc. All veggies

  • Tejal
    March 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

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

  • Jae
    May 31, 2015 at 8:14 am

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

  • Angie Ryan Tyner
    May 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Homegrown tomatoes….yum!!

  • Starla
    May 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm

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

  • Jane Richmond
    May 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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

  • Lindsay Henry
    May 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

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

  • Casey
    May 29, 2015 at 11:50 am

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

  • Lynanne Bruno
    May 29, 2015 at 11:28 am

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

  • Maggie
    May 29, 2015 at 8:06 am

    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!

  • Melissa Cushman
    May 29, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I would use with Summer squash-love it!

  • Kari H.
    May 29, 2015 at 6:32 am

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

  • Ashley Walkowiak
    May 29, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Homegrown string beans are the best!

  • Emil Strandquist
    May 29, 2015 at 5:51 am

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

  • pam
    May 29, 2015 at 5:44 am

    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.

  • Sherrie
    May 29, 2015 at 5:07 am

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

  • sara
    May 29, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Tomatoes from the garden for sure!

  • Deb
    May 29, 2015 at 4:29 am

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

  • Sue
    May 29, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Tomatoes are my favorite

  • Janice
    May 29, 2015 at 3:36 am


  • Laura
    May 29, 2015 at 3:31 am

    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!

  • Cheryl
    May 29, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Zucchini is so versatile and delicious in any recipe.

  • Shannon Dillavou
    May 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    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.

  • Melody Gonser
    May 28, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    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.

  • Christy
    May 28, 2015 at 11:15 pm

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

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


  • c
    May 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm


  • lindsay mizer
    May 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

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

  • Jerald Lynch
    May 28, 2015 at 9:11 pm

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

    May 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Too many to list, but corn is up there.

  • disqus_argbgzCTUM
    May 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

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

  • tripp
    May 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    It is definitely a tossup between zucchini and tomatoes!

  • Alex Robertson
    May 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    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.

  • Rebecca Mongrain
    May 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    My favorite summer vegetable has to be zucchini!

  • Liana Hagerman
    May 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

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

  • Susan S. Bradley
    May 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm

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

  • Ashley Kolpak
    May 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

    My favorite summer veggie is zucchini!!

  • Mary Rayne Pickert
    May 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    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

  • Lauren
    May 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

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

  • Jenna
    May 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

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

  • Kim Krier
    May 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

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

  • Louise
    May 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Corn on the cob! Especially cooked on the grill!

  • grace
    May 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    corn. it’s always been corn. :)

  • Charlene Taibi-taylor
    May 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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

  • MomOnTimeout
    May 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What a delicious looking summer salad!

  • Brittany W.
    May 22, 2015 at 10:42 am

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

  • Ellen Kinney Folke
    May 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

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

  • Anne Pendleton
    May 22, 2015 at 9:20 am

    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! :)

  • Lori Papadatos
    May 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

    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!

  • Rachel A
    May 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

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

  • Food Done Light
    May 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    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 S
    May 22, 2015 at 3:54 am

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

  • fujimama
    May 22, 2015 at 2:32 am

    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.)

  • Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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