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Paleo Zucchini “Pasta” with Peppers and Garlic Olio

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What do you do when you want noodles but refuse to boil water because it’s 90-something outside and you don’t have air conditioning? Make zucchini noodles! I hope you enjoy this Paleo zucchini pasta salad!

Paleo Zucchini "pasta" salad

I honestly never imagined myself sinking into a big pile of uncooked zucchini, but I think now I like it raw better than I do cooked! Not only does this no-cook dish keep your kitchen from heating up, but it’s also a great choice for anyone Paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, or just looking for a way to use up some produce. Because zucchini is pretty mild, the garlic olio sauce packs a punch. Plus zucchini has a ridiculously large amount of Vitamin C, lost of potassium, and helpful amounts of various other vitamins and minerals.

zucchini noodle salad

I also have to admit making this was fun because I got to use two wedding present kitchen gadgets! Since we’ve only had a mandolin slicer and a food processor for about a little over a month, using them is still a very exciting experience.

Paleo Zucchini "Pasta" with Peppers and Garlic Olio

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • About half a pound of zucchini (2 large, 3 medium, or 4 small)
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic (or more, if you're a garlic fan!)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Wash the zucchini and trim away the ends to remove the stem and where the flower was attached on the opposite end, then use a spirlizer or mandolin with the "French fry" attachment to create long strings of zucchini. If you have neither, slice it as thin as possible and then cut it into strips.
  • Place the zucchini noodles in the sink while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Wash and core your bell peppers and then use your mandolin or a knife to cut them into pieces you're satisfied with. I used the same mandolin attachment with a thinner slice setting.
  • Combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, red pepper, and black pepper in a food processor and pulse to combine (or put everything in a small bowl and combine enthusiastically by mashing the garlic with a fork and then stirring vigorously)
  • Transfer the zucchini and bell pepper to your serving bowl, add the dressing, toss thoroughly to combine, and serve!
  • No-Cook Paleo Zucchini "Pasta" with Garlic Olio

    I think this quick, no-cook dish is perfect for hot days and nights when you just don’t have the time to make something more involved. I love cooking, but there are evenings when cooking a full-blown meal just isn’t practical. These easy zucchini noodles and garlic sauce are the perfect way to avoid take out food!

    What’s your go-to quick, at home meal?

    { 2 comments… add one }
    • Paige @ Little Nostalgia September 10, 2014, 09:51

      Wait, you guys don’t have AC in Hawaii?! That’s crazytown!

      This looks delicious. I love zucchini, and I love any kind of pasta-related dish, so this is perfect. My go-to “lazy meal” has been tuna salad with diced veggies this summer. Takes about three minutes!

      • natashalh September 10, 2014, 09:54

        You win the award for fastest post comment ever! I like your tuna and veggies idea – we have a couple pouches of tuna on hand right now! I may steal your idea soon.

        AC is actually very uncommon here. Most people don’t have it, and those that do typically have those window units. Today it’s supposed to be near 90 again with very sluggish breezes (only around 5 mph), but usually it’s in the 80s with nice, strong winds. Electricity costs a lot, so even people who are very careful with their air conditioning end up spending $500-$1000/month on power. Yikes!

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