Lemon Zucchini Noodles {Recipe}

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The other week I was invited to lunch for a small gathering at a friend’s house. I was pressed for time and needed to bring something healthy to share. I grabbed the zucchini from my fridge, and had this delicious salad of zucchini noodles ready to go in less than 20 minutes. Since then I’ve created a recipe that has become one of my all-time favorite ways to eat zucchini. The flavors are bright and lemony, just perfect for the spring weather starting to appear. Add a dash of parmesan cheese and some sunflower seeds, and you have a rich depth of flavor with a little crunch, too.

zucchini noodles

For this recipe I’ve paired down the fats from the version I served at the luncheon to make it lighter and lower in fat, but you can always add those back in for a special occasion. My original recipe had two extra tablespoons of olive oil in the dressing, and double the amount of sunflower seeds and Parmesan cheese. Both versions taste great, so it ‘s a matter of nutritional preference.

Making this salad was also an excuse to use my new spiralizer veggie attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. After just a few uses, I have completely fallen in love with it! Until now, I have been cutting zucchini noodles by hand, making thin strips with a mandolin then cutting those into noodles with more thin cuts. The method works just fine, but it makes straight strips whereas a noodle attachment cuts the zucchini into coils. I love the texture! It reminds me of eating curly fries, just healthier. The tool looks complicated, but it is actually really easy to use. If you have the mixer, I highly recommend this product.

Per serving:

134Calories – 5g Protein – 5g Net Carbs –10g Fat –652mg Sodium

A few notes about zucchini:

–  The minute fresh zucchini is salted, it will begin to wilt and become juicy at the bottom of the bowl. Don’t toss it with the dressing until just before you want to serve it.
– Cut your noodles to a reasonable length for serving and eating. I left mine full-length, and some of them were way too long to get out of the bowl without a struggle.

Lemon Zucchini Noodles
Serves 4
Light and bright zucchini noodle 'pasta' dish is seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice with a dash of sunflower seeds and Parmesan cheese. A perfect side dish for spring and summer.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups raw zucchini noodles
  2. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  5. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  8. 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. If you don't have a handy tool to make zucchini noodles, you can trim both ends and cut zucchini in half. With the flat part down for a stable base, cut each piece into 1/4" ribbons. Turn each ribbon on its side, and cut long strips to make the noodles.
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to make the dressing.
  3. Toss the zucchini with the dressing and top with sunflower seeds and cheese. It's that easy!
Notes
  1. Note of caution, salt from the dressing will extract moisture from the zucchini causing it to wilt and sit in a pool at the bottom of the bowl. If you are bringing this dish to a party, bring the dressing separately and toss it just before serving.
Adapted from Eating Lean and Green
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Katie is a native of Portland, Oregon and lives in Tigard with her two young children and husband Rob. She is a cooking enthusiast, athlete, and a graphic designer by trade. She has spent the last 15 years learning about health and nutrition, mastering the art of healthy cooking for weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her passion for food comes from her own experience losing weight and craving something delicious along the way. She is the author of a cookbook, and she continues to write recipes on her blog Eating Lean & Green. She writes with the intention to provide healthy alternatives for favorite foods that not only fuel your body, but taste good enough that you'll want to share them with the people that you love.