Creamy Avocado Pesto Zoodle Salad - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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I think I’ve discovered my favorite new Summer side salad!

So I know I totally dropped the ball on getting a red, white, and blue themed recipe up for all my friends here in the States. I don’t know, I just had so many recipes lined up before the 4th that I had to share. The good news is that this salad is perfect for a picnic on a hot Summer day. In fact, all the bursting colors sort of remind you of fireworks, no?

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I’ve had a spiralizer for a while but because it’s not a tool I keep in plain sight I tend not to use it as much as I’d like to. This salad though, it may have changed that and the key component is the pesto. It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and they’re all just thrown into the blender. Done.

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Now I know there are some that would argue zucchini noodles are nothing compared to regular pasta and you know what, I couldn’t agree more. The point of the zoodle is that it’s just the most fun, and for me enjoyable, way of eating zucchini (or possibly tied with zucchini bread 😉 ).

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Like I said, the pesto is simple. Just a handful of ingredients pulsed together and tossed with zoodles, red onions, pine nuts, and cherry tomatoes. If you would rather use a nut instead of pine nuts, go for it. Also, to be completely honest, cherry tomatoes aren’t one of my favorites so if I made this just for me I’d use some red bell peppers in their place.

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Guys, guys, this salad is way better than it even looks. I know the sight of so much green might be off-putting to anyone who doesn’t eat a lot of veg, but if you have any curiosity about this one, try it. And by the way, it’s also gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and requires no cooking at all!

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One last tid bit I should add is that this salad’s only weakness is that it doesn’t save well. No worries though, you can still make it ahead and just keep the pesto separate from the veggies. When you’re ready to serve, just toss it all together and you’re all set.

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Creamy Avocado Pesto Zoodle Salad


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings

Show the word that "salad" doesn't have to be a boring pile of lettuce with these epic avocado pesto zoodles!

Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, spiralized
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

Pesto:


2 tablespoons walnuts
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, washed
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more for topping
1 ripe avocado, pitted
2 teaspoons, fresh garlic
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

Combine the ingredients for the pesto in a blender or food processor and blend until nearly smooth, but still slightly textured.
Toss the pesto with the zoodles, onion, and cherry tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Top with the pine nuts and some more nutritional yeast and serve immediately.

Notes

This salad is best served fresh. If you need to prepare it ahead, simply store the pesto in an air-tight container separate from the veggies and toss together just before serving.

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Avocado is very good for health specially for female reproductive system. Good to see the recipe related to it.

It looks delicious, healthy and beautiful.

this looks so tasty

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@steemcafe Thanks, I'll check out your page for sure.

Hi @ gringalicious.. It's looking so yummy and healthy and also colourful... thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I followed you and upvoted you. please visit my site and see my post.

I have never had so many veg's in one meal @gringalicious🥑🥒🌱(🍒🍅)🍋🌿 👍😄

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@jacknaxter Haha, well it's very delicious!

Damn! This looks yummy plus a great skill in photographygiphy.gif @gringalicious. Wish you were my personal chef lol

howdy @gringalicious! the perfect summer salad..beautiful and healthy. Brilliant. photos ain't bad either.

A nice post you gave us a gift. It's really nice to have your post as beautiful as your post-images, and you've talked a lot about food. A question to me? That is, I found a red fruit in your diet, so what is the name of this fruit?

thank u for sharing your post .. we learning more things from u :)

@gringalicious Your photos are lovely
It made me hungry!

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@ravikrishna Haha, so glad you like it. 😀

I am so making this salad for the 4th, @gringalicious! It’s beautiful for sure. Now to convince my husband to get a spiralizer....
(Just kidding - Sprouts grocery store sells pre-spiralizer veggies. 😉)

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@mrscwin I really hope you enjoy it. Happy 4th!

Hmmm very yummy salad this seems to me. Wonderful work @gringalicious. You made my day by these images. This creamy avocado salad looks awesome. It just watered my mouth. Good food photography.

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@kamrankhan900 You've made my day with your reply! Thank you so much!

This looks really delicious! :)

Wow so good food. I like it.. your post

Hello, there are god looks rich, it looks very delicious, do not worry if the salad does not last long to preserve, I assure you that it will not be necessary because it looks very rich, congratulations for your skill in the kitchen. I invite you to know my blog, as well as those who have been able to read my comment, in it you will find interesting publications about my work waiting for you to like it. Greetings.

Beautiful .. Yes, healthy food is a lifestyle
I liked .. work wonderful of you, creativity
Thanks for sharing tips with us..

Yeah there is a lot of green in this dish, but maybe I give it a try ;)
It looks amazing!

Is it spicy. Because it look very colorful and spicy

This recipe comes in handy AS I recently bought a spiralizer!! Thank you

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@susanne That's awesome. I really hope you can try it. So great to hear from you my friend. Happy 4th!

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@gringalicious your salad looks awesome im sure this is very delicious and healthy too. I really love your posts because i learned and see new things in the world. Especially this recipe caught my attention because i am also conscious about health and proper diet.... :)

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@mabeth I'm so glad you like it!👍

Great idea and popping colours! Love avocado !
@ch00fy - foodie

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@ch00fy I do too! Thank you so much for your support.

I love my spiralizer. Zucchini pasta with pesto is delicious! A winner for summer. Your photos are lovely @gringalicious

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@buckaroo Thank you so much and it makes me so happy to hear you like it.😀

Great recipe, I love the fact that you did not use any oil - natural nuts are a much healthier option for pesto 😉

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@rawadventuress Yes, I completely agree. Thanks for your support!

You always create great food and present a very beautiful pictures of it, i wish you all the best my dear keep steem contents.Have a good day.

I will try this salad on this sunday, but I don't think avocado will available near by market. Thanks for sharing

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@jyoti-thelight Thank you so much! If you can't get avocado you can try using nut butter instead. Oh, or tahini!😆

Beautiful pictures! And I really loved your note to newbie steemers like me. Thanks for that. I am inspired. :)

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@deanna2000 I really hope you do well on here. And thank you so much for your support!

Looks like we are on the same wave link, lol. I posted zoodles yesterday too. Great recipe and fanatic photo shoot Tory 🌿😊🌿

First of all thank you for sharing the beautiful images of yummy green salad healthy food is essential for healthy life style and avocado is also good for diabetes and heart diseases nice to have this.

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@raksha 😀I'm so glad you like it.

healthy and the best part is you feel like you’re eating !!

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@manishseo I'm so glad you feel that way. Thanks for reading!

The truth that such amazing photos, I melt not only the mouth, but also the entire body. hahahaha ... What a show of food, and what a treat !.

Beautiful design and Avocado is very useful for the reproduction of women