Zucchini Noodles — also known as “zoodles” — are all the rage right now. An easy way to get more veggies in your eats, they’re also gluten-free, filling and full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and just plain deliciousness. And when chef, cookbook author and blogger Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking offered up her zucchini noodles recipe for us to share with y’all, it only took us a millisecond to agree. After all, she pairs zucchini noodles with grilled shrimp and a lemon-basil dressing that is so perfectly light yet filling. Fab for summer!
- 2 c basil, stems removed (packed)
- ⅓ c sliced almonds, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 shallot, roughly chopped
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ c olive oil, plus more as needed
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1 lb shrimp (26 – 30 count, peeled and de-veined)
- 5 medium-sized zucchinis
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- ½ c halved cherry tomatoes
- In a high-powered blender combine basil, ¼ cup sliced almonds, garlic, shallot, red pepper flakes, ½ cup olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon zest. Pulse on medium until evenly combined and smooth. Season with salt and pepper as needed and set aside.
- Place the remaining almonds in a small skillet over medium high heat to toast. Shake pan every few seconds, until the almonds turn just golden brown. Remove almonds from heat and set aside.
- Heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook shrimp for 6 to 8 minutes until fully cooked and pink, and add two heaping spoonfuls of the lemon basil dressing into shrimp and toss to combine. Transfer seasoned shrimp to a clean bowl and set aside.
- Using a mandolin or vegetable spiralizer, cut zucchini into thin spaghetti shaped noodles. Add zucchini noodles to the same pan used for the shrimp and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat until just tender. Season the zucchini noodles with salt and pepper and then toss with an additional two heaping spoonfuls of the lemon basil dressing. Turn heat off. Reserve any extra lemon basil dressing for another use.
- Toss seasoned shrimp with the zucchini noodles and cherry tomatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Top with the toasted sliced almonds. Serve immediately.
See what we mean? Delicious! Tell us: What’s your favorite zucchini noodles recipe? Leave it in the comments ’cause we’re hooked! —Jenn