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Pesto Zucchini Noodles (Dairy-Free AND Whole 30 Approved Meal Idea)

19 Comments

Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Hip2Save

If you’re trying to incorporate more healthy veggies into your meals, try replacing pasta with noodles made from zucchini! Add this flavorful dairy-free pesto sauce and some grilled chicken and you’ll have an amazing meal. And this delicious meal idea also happens to fit within the Whole30 nutritional plan that Collin is following.
Microplane Spiral Cutter Hip2Save
To make the zucchini noodles, I used this micro plane spiral cutter found on Amazon.com and pictured above (or try using a cheese grater turned on its side). Note that Collin’s favorite is this World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients:

For the noodles:

2 large chicken breasts – grilled
5 zucchinis – sliced into noodles
teaspoon olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

For the Non-Dairy Pesto:
(Recipe via Food52.com)

1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups basil leaves
2 oz. pine nuts, walnuts, or shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste

how to make zoodles Hip2Save
Directions: Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and pulse until mixture is coarsely ground. Makes about 1 cup prepared pesto. Shred zucchini into noodles and sauté in a pan with olive oil on the stove for just a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Combine pesto with noodles. Top with sliced grilled chicken. I like to use a cast iron grill pan on the stove for convenience when grilling chicken indoors. Serves 4

My family absolutely loved this meal – the zucchini noodles rock! They are super light but also very satisfying! And the pesto was surprisingly flavorful minus the cheese (of course, you can always add in cheese if you don’t mind the dairy!).


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 19

  1. lch2004

    Could you make a Whole30 category under recipes to make these easier to find?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure. I will make a separate category called Whole30 Compliant in the recipes section soon. Thanks!

  2. sudha

    looks yummy will try this dish tomorrow. Thanks Collin!

  3. jennifer

    Oh my, this looks so yummy! Not doing whole30 but I am trying to eat healthier. Think I will try it this weekend, thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I’m trying to include things that are great tasting but happen to be compliant. Enjoy!

  4. amy

    Also, go on Williams Sonoma site for some great spiralizer recipes. Search under recipes for zucchini noodles and there’s an AMAZING pesto/shrimp dish. Same recipe also amazing w chicken, kielbasa, or shrimp.

    • amy

      Note: we made the Williams and Sonoma recipe without the almonds called for in the pesto due to an allergy. Didn’t sub anything for it and it rocked. Love my spiralizer…thanks to a deal posted here:))

  5. melissa

    I have made my own pesto using sunflower seeds instead of nuts due to an allergy. Thought this might help someone! Costco and Sam’s both carry really good pesto sauces in the refrigerated section if you don’t mind the dairy.

    • Beth

      I’ll have to try it with sunflower seeds. My daughter is allergic to pine nuts.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh good idea, and yes i like Costco’s too!

  6. Lacy

    Looks awesome!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  7. SLS

    We make vegan pesto with walnuts instead of pine nuts and some miso instead of cheese. Makes it less expensive as well – and its SO good!

  8. Richelle

    Yummy! Great recipe!

  9. Karen

    Looks awesome and I’m excited to try!! Thanks Lina!

  10. Kim

    My basil died due to cold, so just used emerils spag sauce on the zucchini. So glad this was posted. My spiralizer I bought 3 months ago or so when on sale on Amazon, been sitting in the cabinet unused. My four year old twins ate it up. I used the ends of zucchini and the center core also. Put on egg/milk, then coated with panko crumbs and cooked in toaster over. Great and easy

  11. suzy

    I am making this tonight !!

  12. lenotti

    where can i buy that tool?
    thanks!

    • lenotti

      tell me how it works, please

  13. ciccio lenotti

    lo chiedo anche in italiano

    dove posso comprare quell’attrezzo?
    grazie!

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