Summer Pasta-less Salad

Since the weather outside has been too hot for even this heat junkie to handle — with temperatures reaching close to 100 °F — I’ve been avoiding my oven and stove-top and instead looking to water-packed raw fruits and veggies to get me through these sweltering days of summer.

This light summer salad is reminiscent of the pasta salad I used to enjoy as a wee one… except I left out the heavy pasta and replaced it with my fave go-to summer staple: zucchini “noodles”. If you don’t have a spiralizer, a vegetable peeler works great too.

 

Ingredients:

salad:

  • 4 cups spiralized zucchini, unpeeled (about 2 medium zukes)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh garden herbs (oregano, sage, basil, mint)

dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning spice mix (unsalted, if “salted” reduce salt amount called for above and modify to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

Chop up spiralized zucchini into bite sized pieces and salt lightly.  Transfer to large bowl and toss with remaining salad ingredients.

Whisk all dressing ingredients together into small bowl until well combined. Drizzle over salad ingredients to coat well. Let rest in fridge for about 30 minutes, and then stir once again to coat.

Serve cold or at room temp.

Keeps well up to a day or so. Perfect with a tall glass of lemonade.

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31 Responses to Summer Pasta-less Salad

  1. Soozle says:

    AMAZING salad! I made this today and will putting it into a frequent rotation! so delicious! :-)

    Thank you!

  2. Emily says:

    This is the epitome of summer for me. THANK YOU so much for this recipe! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

  3. bitt says:

    love this idea! my mom says you are really good at colorful food. :-)

    • allyson says:

      Thank you so much, Bitt! You need to give your mom a big hug for me. :) That right there makes my painting degree all the more worth it, my dear! <3

  4. Gauri Radha गौरी राध says:

    Looks so colorful and healthy :-)

  5. Bryce says:

    Allyson! Thank god for you! Thank god for your lovely blog! I am so excited to get started :) *rubs hands together*

  6. Looks delicious! I love your photography! Just stumbled upon your blog from oh she glows!

  7. Lauren says:

    I just found your website and made this delicious salad for dinner last night! It was amazing and just what I wanted. I loved the idea of the peaches and found some great ones to use. The dressing was very good, though there was a lot. I will use the dressing recipe for other salads as well. I do not have a spiralizer but do have a mandoline, which I used on the 3.5mm shredder, and that worked great! Thanks for the recipe; I will be visiting often.

  8. That looks so tasty! It is similar to the cover of Whole Living last month with the RAW recipes. I wil have to put my CSA and farmer’s market bounty to work!

  9. This looks awesome ! I have tons of zuchinni and am so tired of it at this point. This will absolutely spice of my normal routine. Thank you you!

  10. Taylor says:

    Oops sorry I just saw that you had a link to one already!

  11. Taylor says:

    Could you recommend a good spiralizer?

  12. Christine says:

    Oh my! That’s it, I’m ordering a spiralizer right now. This looks too pretty not to :)

  13. This looks incredible! Just the thing for the crazy heat we’ve been having. And most of the ingredients have been showing up at farm stands around where I live…mmm. :)

  14. Linda says:

    LOL, no sooner did I post that then I did find the *JoliPrint* option to print a PDF. I take that question back.
    Off to make the recipe now…will let you know how it goes!

  15. Linda says:

    I’m def gonna make this today, got all the ingredients at Whole Foods and just wondering, is there a print option somewhere I’m not seeing…hate to waste a lot of paper and ink printing this up, although the pics are beautiful, ink is costly! Thanks!

  16. Nicole says:

    I’ve been enjoying a lot of zucchini “pasta” salads lately, too. I love the addition of peaches in your recipe!

    I hope the book is going well. Are you going to be at Vida Vegan Con next month?

  17. Mandi says:

    Yums! Look at those colors. This is the perfect summer salad. I’ve been looking for salads to make and store in the fridge as a kind of “grab and go” option. This will do nicely.

    Hope everything is going well with the book <3

    • allyson says:

      awe… thank you so much, Mandi!

      I’m actually plugging away on said book right this very moment. :) All is going great…thank you for the well wishes, my dear (almost done!!). <3 <3 big hugs!

  18. Going to go attempt this one right now for dinner!! (I love it when a recipe looks amazing and I have all the ingredients!)

    • allyson says:

      Yay! thanks, Jen! I hope you enjoy it. <3

      • We did! I loved how fresh it tasted and the combination of the sweet peach with the crunchy veggies. Everything but the pepper and the peaches were from my garden. I think I’d make just a little less sauce next time. I *loved* the flavor but found it a little hard to serve since it was pretty liquidy. That said, I wanted to drink the sauce so maybe next time I’ll make the sauce this amount, and then drain it off and drink it ;)

  19. Frankie says:

    Hello – How many servings does this yield? 1/4 cup olive oil seems like awful lot of fat, is there a fat-free substitution for the dressing?

    • allyson says:

      Hey Frankie. This makes a lot of salad– at least 6 generous servings. Not sure about any substitutes for the olive oil for the dressing that would taste the same, but you’re free to try whatever strikes your fancy. I personally love olive oil in my salads, but I’m hardly a “fat free” eater. :)

      • 6?! I can see that for the dressing…but the actual salad? I could eat that in 2 or 3 go’s ;)…sigh, I think I eat too many veggies…

        Looks so beautiful!

        • allyson says:

          :) haha! It does make a huge mixing sized bowlful, but yes, for intense veggie lovers… maybe 3 servings? ;) When I made this, I had two bowls, my hubs had two bowls and my kids ate the rest. Eating too many veggies is a wonderful problem to have! <3

  20. Caitlin says:

    beeeeeeautiful. although you make kick ass baked goods, your salads are my fave <3

  21. Katrina says:

    What a fresh and yummy looking salad!