Simply Healthy Family: Creamy Mediterranean Zoodles #RecipeRedux

22.7.15

Creamy Mediterranean Zoodles #RecipeRedux



Wondering what to do with all of the zucchini from your summer garden or CSA? If zucchini is coming out of your ears this summer, you may want a back up plan when it comes to preparing them. This bright and light Zucchini Zoodle Mediterranean "Pasta" is a perfect zangy lunch or light dinner. 































I still haven't gotten over the magnificence of my Paderno Spiralizer
. I put off buying one for quite a while after they made appearances all over the Bloggersphere. Now I'm kicking myself for not having one sooner. The skeptic in me rolled my eyes at the claims that you could make edible delicious and fool proof noodles using raw vegetables and I couldn't help but to have visions of the little darlings throwing handfuls of "Zoodles" across the kitchen in protest.








However, not only was there not an anarchy at the kitchen table but there was some serious slurping and second helpings going on instead! Bonkers!! Who knew Zoodles were so dang fun?


Besides the fact that my little darlings were so happy eating a healthy dinner, I have to say that I was thrilled that this entire meal was prepared with out the use of any heat source. Summer dinner dilemma solved!






The sauce for these Zoodles is very simply a blend of plain, fat free yogurt, avocado, fresh lemon juice, tarragon and salt and pepper. If you've ever tried tarragon, I strongly suggest you pick some up ASAP. It's my favorite "secret spice" and pairs faultlessly with creamy avocado and tomatoes.














SERVES 4 TIME 15 MINUTES



INGREDIENTS

3 medium size zucchini
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
small handful Kalamata olives
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 small ripe avocado
3/4 cup plain, fat free yogurt
1 juicy lemon, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tablespoons dried tarragon
salt and pepper to taste




PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER


Wash the zucchini and cut the ends off. Using a Paderno
with the thinner 'noodle' blade, spiralize the zucchini into a medium size bowl. Add the onion and tomatoes.


In a small bowl of a food processor or by hand with a fork, blend together the avocado and yogurt until creamy. Add the lemon, tarragon, salt and pepper, stir to combine. Add the dressing to the zoodle mixture and toss to combine. Add the feta cheese and toasted pine nuts, gently toss.


Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes a great lunch the next day!








Recipe Redux is a team of Health Minded Food Bloggers and Registered Dietitians. Every month we get together and collectively bring you a list of our favorite recipes from a different theme. This month we are focusing on recipes made from using vegetables from your garden. Farmer's Market or CSA. Check out what the other members of Recipe Redux have to share this month!









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29 comments:

  1. Ugh! I so need a spiralizer! I just love the way those zoodles come out so cute and curly :) This is so cool and refreshing for our 105 degree days here in AZ - and tarragon is such an underused herb. One of my faves!

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  2. I bought a fancy spiralizer a couple months ago. Before that, I had a hand held one that was a PITA to use! Great recipe, Gwen! I'll have to put my spiralizer to work again and give it a try!

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  3. Like Anne, I really need a real deal spiralizer (not my little hand-held one that doesn't really work!). This recipe is such a fun spin on a Greek salad!

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  4. This looks fantastic. I love the flavors. I really need to break down and get a spiralizer.

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  6. I have been totally neglecting my spiralizer this summer! Shame on me. Must get zoodling. THis looks like a perfect salad!

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  7. This seems super easy and looks delicious!

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  8. Wow. Your spiralizer does such a great job. I've tried it with a handheld device that gave me something closer to slaw than noodles. Gorgeous. GREG

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  9. My sister just bought a hand-held tool to do this so I am excited to give it a go! Your recipe looks fantastic!

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  10. I am buying a spiralizer soon! I need to make this salad. I love the yogurt dressing!

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  11. I really should get a spiralizer! Love your sauce, simple but flavorful! What a healthy way to serve a gluten-free dish!

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  12. I love my spiralizer.

    this is so fresh, and I love the kalamatas!

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  13. Such great use of summer produce. Looks great!

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  14. Looks delicious! I just happen to have an abundance of zucchini and summer squash.

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  15. I love avocado in sauces and over zoodles is even better!

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  16. So fresh and light for summer! I love it!

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  17. These look like perfection! Love this flavor combo. I just used my spiralizer for the first time last night. I put it off for so long, too.

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  18. How could zoodles be anything but successful at your table. The name, alone, makes me smile!!

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  19. This looks great. There are so many great zucchini noodle recipes out there, yours included. I just wish I made a spiralizer

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  20. Your zoodles look so pretty! I am going to have to break down and try a spiralizer. Zucchini will be ripe soon! This dish looks great!

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  21. Sounds like a pretty spiffy tool. I KNOW I would eat tons of fun veggies this way!

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  22. This sounds so good, I need to get a spiralizer!

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  23. I've never tried zoodles but I keep hearing about them! Thanks for this post.

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  24. What a fun idea and carb free!

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  25. This looks amazing! I don't know if my youngest son would fall for it, but he is a lover of all noodles.

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  26. I love the combination of flavors here- anything Mediterranean is good! I love how pretty and colorful the dish is too!

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  27. Ok, it's time I get one of those spiralizer! I love the thick zoodles and since I eat a lot of carb-free meals this is perfect dish for me! So fresh and delicious!

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  28. Looks tasty and healthy all at the same time! I guess I need to dust off my veggie spiralizer and get to cooking! :)

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  29. Ooo I need to try this, I bought a Lurch Spiralizer from Amazon and it's amazing, I've made Zoodles or as we call them in England Courgetti :) but I've pan fried them in coconut oil, only had them raw mixed into a salad so I'll try this different way of serving them!

    Much Love
    H x

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