Raw Veggie "Noodle" Dishes

Zucchini Pasta with Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salsa

Zucchini Pasta with Mango and Avocado by Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw

Mango and avocado salad is a summertime classic. In this recipe, I take that one step further by adding black beans and cilantro. I then pile it on top of spiralized zucchini for a quick, easy, and refreshing meal. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Sesame Zucchini “Noodles” with Snow Peas

Zucchini snow pea salad

This very green salad has a contrast of flavors and textures, from the crunch from the snow peas to the tender raw zucchini “noodles.” Though nice and light, the sesame dressing and two kinds of seeds — sesame and sunflower — give it substance.

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Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa from Laura Theodore

This raw “noodle” side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare, and fabulous fare on a hot summer night. The zucchini strips really do look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. Photo by Warren Jefferson. more→

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Raw Squash “Noodles” with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Raw zucchini noodles

Making raw spaghetti-like “noodles” with a spiral slicer (I got the one made by World Cuisine* and enjoy it quite a bit) is all the rage among those who have adopted raw food diets. It’s also a boon to those who’ve gone gluten-free, as well as gardeners who have more squash than they know what to do with. For anyone else who just wants to eat lighter and fresher during the summer, it’s just plain fun. more→

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Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Spiralized cucumber salad

Here’s a fun salad (I love when the words “fun” and “salad” appear side by side!) to make with a spiral slicer. Cucumbers become practically calorie-free “noodles,” gently embellished with lime, agave, and sesame seeds. more→

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Almost-Raw Zucchini “Macaroni” and Cheez

raw macaroni and cheezHave you been looking for a good, easy, nearly raw macaroni and cheez recipe? As with a lot of fancier raw recipes, I regret that this one needs machines — a high speed blender to make the sauce, and a spiral slicer (I love the World Cuisine Spiral Slicer) to make “noodles” from zucchini. But if you have those in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy this dish. This is recipe says “comfort food” like raw foods rarely do. more→

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Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

Spinach or Arugula and Miso Pesto

This delicious pesto turns ordinary carbs into special meals. You can use this as suggested below for serving with pasta, pizza, or potatoes. Or skip the carbs as I’ve done here, and toss this pesto with “noodles” made of raw zucchini and/or yellow summer squash made with a spiral slicer. No matter how you use it, this pesto, made greener with spinach, imparts a rich, briny flavor from the addition of miso.  more→

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Easy Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce

zucchini "noodles" with peanut butter sauce

When the heat gets this intense, I try to make meals that don’t require much if any heat (even if the AC is on!). I’ve really enjoyed my spiral slicer, which makes instant “noodles” from raw zucchini. Now, don’t get me wrong — I have no problem with pasta, but in the summer heat, zucchini noodles just feel lighter. And they’re ready pretty much instantly, with a few cranks of the lever, and no heat needed. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can use your favorite noodles — rice noodles, bean-thread noodles, soba, or linguini —this works with all of them. more→

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