Zucchini pasta salad with creamy cashew sauce

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Bringing back wacky out-of-the-box salads with this zucchini pasta salad.

Zucchini pasta salad with creamy cashew sauce

Even though, let’s be real, they’re around our house pretty much every day ?

During the summer, I tend to get a little overzealous with the produce options and create some pretty interesting salad combos. Sometimes they’re home runs, and other times, they’re FGO (For Ginas Only). This one was particularly amazing, and I’m excited to share the recipe with ya.

The secret is the noodles….

Bowl of zoodles

or “zoodles.” ?

bowl of zoodles

There was a bit of the reunion with the spiralizer this weekend -lots of embracing and Bruno Mars songs were shared- and I couldn’t wait to spiralize some zucchini from the co-op. (PS. The co-op here is pretty incredible; you pay a $15 annual fee to receive member pricing and the produce selection is always abundant.) 

How to Use the Spiralizer to Make Zoodles

The key with the spiralizer is to make sure you cut the zucchini into 3 chunks.

zucchini chunks

Place into the spiralizer prongs:

Zucchini in spiralizer

and whirl away to noodle glory.

zucchini noodles

(A few people have asked about the spiralizer I use. It’s the Joyce Chen model, which is $22, and I absolutely love it! Think it’s five years old now?)

I’ve also learned that it’s important to tell other people that they’re “zucchini noodles.” Don’t try to play it off like regular pasta… it doesn’t turn out well.

For this batch of zucchini noodles, I made a creamy vegan sauce

vegan cashew sauce in the blender

and added marinated artichokes, sundried tomatoes and fresh basil.

Zucchini pasta salad with creamy cashew sauce

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try! This one is completely vegan, mostly raw, but would also be wonderful with grilled tempeh strips or diced chicken mixed in.

Hope you enjoy! <3

Zucchini pasta salad with creamy cashew sauce

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Zucchini pasta salad with creamy cashew sauce

A creamy, savory summer salad using zucchinis as the noodles. Feel free to customize with any mix-ins! Cashews provide the texture for the dressing, and this recipe is gluten-free and vegan

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 70
  • Yield: 2 1x

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Ingredients

  • For the “noodles:”
  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized or sliced with a veggie peeler

For the sauce

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Mix-ins

  • 3 heaping tablespoons sundried tomatoes
  • 6 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade cut

Instructions

  1. Place the zucchini noodles in a large bowl.
  2. Next, make the dressing by combining the sauce ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and taste to adjust seasonings as necessary.
  3. Pour the sauce on top of the zucchini noodles and stir to coat. Mix in the sundried tomatoes, artichokes and top with the basil to serve.

Notes

  • This recipe also tastes fantastic the next day! (I wouldn’t go two days though; it would get a little soggy)
  • Nutritional yeast is found in the supplement section or bulk bins of many health food stores. It’s a great source of protein and B vitamins with a rich, cheesy flavor.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2

Any interesting salad combos lately? Where do you usually get your produce? We shop at Trader Joe’s for almost everything, but I’m also a huge fan of organic meats and berries from Costco.

Hope you have a wonderful night!

More of my favorite salads:

The best pasta salad ever

Fruit salad with orange and honey

Balsamic chicken caprese

Avocado chicken salad

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