zucchini noodle pesto salad with capsicum and pine nuts

Tradie’s Lunchbox – Zucchini Noodle Pesto Salad With Capsicum And Pine Nuts

If you crave carbs during winter and love nothing more than eating a hearty pasta dish, you will enjoy this Zucchini Noodle Pesto Salad with Capsicum and Pine Nuts. This salad is the perfect winter salad for a tradie’s lunchbox.

zucchini noodle pesto salad with capsicum and pine nuts
My mum bought me a Veggetti (which is a vegetable spiral slicer) months ago. I’ve had this device in my pantry for ages (could be close to a year) and hadn’t taken it out of it’s packet to give it a whirl. So to speak.

I don’t know why I haven’t used is sooner! Probably because I thought it would be harder than it was!

The reason for my conversion was because I had a Zucchini Noodle Salad at the Royal Pines resort a few weeks ago and it was so filling and delicious. Anything that tastes like carbs but isn’t carbs must be a good thing?!

To try out my first ‘zoodle’ recipe, I decided to make a simple sauce using ingredients I already had.

We have so much basil growing on the side of our house, so I decided to use this to make the pesto.

I added some capsicum and pine nuts to my zoodles to add a bit of sweetness and protein to the dish. I like having something sweet and nutty in my salads. That extra crunch gives the salad something I reckon.

zucchini noodle pesto salad with capsicum and pine nuts

I think zoodles are now going to be my ‘sphagetti’ of the future when I do spaghetti Bolognese and all the other pasta dishes I do for the kids.

Technically, you could call this a summer dish, but you can cook the zoodles if you want the dish to be warm. Obviously you can’t do that if you’re on a work site, but if you’re preparing this at home, you can cook the zucchini noodles in boiled water.

zucchini noodle pesto salad with capsicum and pine nuts

I know this dish will be on high rotation for lunches. I love that it’s carb free but still tastes like carbs. I’d say that’s a winning dish!

Serves 2

Tradie’s Lunchbox – Zucchini Noodle Pesto Salad With Capsicum And Pine Nuts

10 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Large zucchini
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts plus extras to bake and sprinkle on top of salad
  • 1 cup of basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Use a spiral slicer to turn your zucchini into noodles
  2. Place oven on at 180 degrees Celsius. Bake some of the extra pine nuts for a couple of minutes until they are golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. Place rest of pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil and lemon juice into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  4. Cut capsicum into strips and mix with zucchini noodles.
  5. Mix or rub the pesto over the zucchini noodles and capsicum and then sprinkle with roasted pine nuts.
http://www.theplumbette.com.au/tradies-lunchbox/tradies-lunchbox-zucchini-noodle-pesto-salad-capsicum-pine-nuts/

Have you had zucchini noodles before? What other vegetables do you spiral?