Summer Pesto Noodle Salad
This salad screams summertime! Fresh summer squash noodles are paired with juicy yellow peaches, sugar-sweet cherry tomatoes, and tossed in a bold pesto sauce. ***If you do not own a spiralizer, you can purchase squash/zucchini that is already spiralized or see other options listed in directions below.***
Grab a fork and dig in!
This recipe contains fresh basil, olive oil, nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice, miso paste, salt, fresh garlic, walnuts, summer squash, peaches, tomatoes (cherry)
Serves 3 servings
Prep time: 20 min
- 1 large bunch of fresh basil (2.5 oz), leaves picked and rinsed
- 1 1/2 TBS olive oil
- 1 1/2 TBS nutritional yeast (substitute with parmesan cheese if not vegan)
- 1 TBS lemon juice
- 2 tsp miso paste (optional)
- 1 tsp salt, add more to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup (35g) walnut halves
- 2 large summer squash (zucchini or yellow squash) (~17.5 oz/~500g)
- 1 large ripe yellow peach, peeled and diced
- 1 cup (135g) cherry tomatoes
- 1. In a food processor, blend the basil, oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, miso paste, salt, garlic, and walnuts together until smooth. Set aside.
- 2. Once the squash has been spiralized, I like to give all the noodles several rough chops so that they're easy to eat (otherwise, the noodles are too long). Chop up the parts of the squash that did not get spiralized and add them to the salad.
**If you do not have a spiralizer, create vegetable noodles with a julienne peeler or vegetable ribbons with a regular peeler.
- 3. In a large bowl, toss the noodles, diced peaches, cherry tomatoes, and 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the pesto sauce together.
- 4. Store the unused pesto and leftover salad in separate containers and refrigerate.