Toss your summer zucchini with a gingery avocado sauce, mango, edamame, and toasted almonds to make this light 30-minute dinner. Vegan and gluten free!
I was on a raw (well raw-ish) kick last week. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat lighter, and a bit healthier… less heavy starches, that sort of thing. I’ve been feeling really low-energy, so I’m trying to eat more veggie-focused meals and to incorporate healing foods like miso, hemp seed, and ginger.
I love zucchini noodles because they really trick the senses and make you feel like you’re eating more than a bowl full of raw vegetables. Don’t get me wrong – they’re not pasta, but they have a nice tender bite that I find to be reminiscent of an al dente noodle.
Because they’re on the lighter side, I prefer them with a with a really saucy sauce. They’d be great with a chunky tomato sauce or a light cream sauce, but I went for this cooling avocado miso sauce. I added ginger, cumin, and cayenne to add a flavor punch.
I paired all this healthy-ness with a nice chilled glass of rose.
Zucchini Noodles & Avocado-Miso Sauce
- 1 avocado
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 1 small zucchini (about ½ cup or so)
- ½ tablespoon miso, more to taste
- 1 scallion, white and green parts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne
- 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized or peeled into long strips*
- ½ cup chopped mango
- ½ cup edamame, shelled and blanched
- ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
- Lime wedges, to serve
- Sea salt
- Make the avocado miso sauce: In a blender, combine the avocado, hemp seeds, lime zest and juice, zucchini, miso, scallion, ginger, cumin, and cayenne and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Toss the zucchini noodles with as much or little sauce as you like. Taste and adjust seasonings (the sauce will become more diluted as you toss it with the noodles, so you’ll likely have to add some salt and pepper).
- Top the noodles with the mango, edamame, and almonds, and serve immediately with lime wedges and extra sauce on the side.
- This recipe made a good amount of extra sauce (I also had a pretty large avocado), and because avocados brown quickly, it only lasted an extra day in the fridge. I used my leftover sauce on a kale salad the following afternoon.