real raw kitchen: RECIPE: avocado herb pesto with zoodles

Thursday, February 6, 2014

RECIPE: avocado herb pesto with zoodles

Three years into this whole full-time raw food thing and this is still one of my favorite meals. I can't explain it. It's always and reliably delicious, filling, and causes zero bloat or indigestion. I love it from the very center of my being. I decided to make it for a raw food potluck I had with the girls and needless to say it was a hit.

I hope you find happiness in your pesto bowl much like I have!

Avocado Herb Pesto with Zoodles


  • 2-3 zucchinis
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 handful each of fresh basil, cilantro, parsley
  • 1/4 cup of truly sundried tomatoes (not in oil), chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • a pinch of sea salt, to taste


  • Use a spiral slicer to make noodles out of your zucchini. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and toss to coat. Place on some paper towels and allow the water to drain while you prepare the sauce. I prefer my noodles to drain for a few hours at room temperature.
  • Combine the avocado, herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and a pinch of seat salt in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Once the noodles are dry and soft, toss with the sauce. Add the sundried tomatoes and toss, once more.
  • SERVE!

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  1. So beautiful and the combo of ingredients sounds amazing. I have to replace my broken spiralizer!!
    Peace & Raw Health,

    1. Thanks! And yes, a working spiralizer is a MUST for fun and simple dishes like this :)

  2. Sounds tasty, I've made something similar but lightly cooked the zucchini.

    1. Ah yes, I've heard of lightly cooking the noodles in a pan and I think that's a great idea too as it can soften and warm the noodles. It's such a delicious, classic dish!

  3. Sounds delicious! I don't own a spiral slicer, so I may just make the pesto sauce with regular noodles.

    1. Great idea :) Sometimes I use my vegetable peeler on a zucchini to make ribbons and toss them with sauce like that.

  4. If I've commented twice, I'm sorry - I think the comment monster ate the first one!

    Anyway, this looks like a wonderful, hearty recipe. I LOVE pesto (and zucchini noodles!).

    1. I think you're right, the first one was gobbled right up! I'm so glad you like this, it really is one of my favorite things to make. So delicious. And this pesto is just divine. All the different herbs paired with the creamy avocado is just SO.GOOD!

  5. I dont have avocado can i replace broccoli. Also sprial slcier is not at home will a grated do

    1. Hmmm maybe you could give it a try, though I think it will be a distinctly different experience. You can also grate your zucchini but it may make the dish a little wetter, if you don't mind. Let me know how it goes!


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