These raw vegan Zucchini Noodles with Raw Red Pepper Sauce can be served hot or cold. It's perfect for Summer!
As you can see from the photo above, I just got a basil plant. Even though I don't have a green thumb, I am super excited! Hopefully, I can keep it alive, because I really love pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus. If I can keep this plant alive, I will create a bunch of basil recipes with it.
I bought it because I hate paying so much for that tiny little container of basil you get at the grocery store. This of course applies to other herbs as well, which I may grow in the future.
I know it may sound weird to eat Zucchini Noodles with Raw Red Pepper Sauce. I mean Willow, really, you don't heat the tomato sauce?!
Hear me out here friends. Many years ago, I tried out a raw vegan diet. I went through phases of eating it; so it was an on-again, off-again relationship.
Eventually, it became more off than on. Since Spring is here, and I always crave fresh fruits and vegetables in the form of salads and juices, I decided to make some raw recipes.
These Zucchini Noodles with Raw Red Pepper Sauce were one of those recipes. This is kind of like having salsa on your noodles but with a marinara flavor.
Trust me, it is delicious. If you really need to heat it up and cook the zucchini noodles, have at it. I had it both raw and cooked and liked it both ways.
If you are cutting back on carbs or just want to eat more veggies, this meal is for you. These zucchini noodles are a healthy meal.
Another zucchini recipe to try is my Vegan Zucchini Lasagna recipe.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- It is hearty and healthy.
- It is simple and easy to make.
- It's made in about 10 minutes!
- Sun-dried tomatoes: I used dried sun-dried tomatoes that I soaked
- Fresh basil: Fresh basil imparts the best flavor, but if you need to you could use dried basil.
- Tomato: I love heirloom tomatoes. Use your favorite.
- Red pepper: You could also use a yellow bell pepper or orange bell pepper.
- Onion: Adds a sweet pungent flavor. I used a yellow onion.
- Garlic: Adds a pungent flavor.
- Dates: Adds sweetness. You could also use maple syrup or agave syrup.
- Red pepper flakes: Adds spice.
- Oregano: I used dried oregano, but fresh oregano would taste great.
- Extra virgin olive oil: Adds a silky texture.
- Lemon juice: Adds a tangy flavor.
- Balsamic vinegar: Adds a sweet tangy flavor.
- Salt and pepper: Enhances flavors and adds flavor. I like to use sea salt.
- Zucchinis: Long thin zucchinis work best so that you can fit them in a spiralizer.
To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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Step 1: Soak sun-dried tomatoes for at least an hour, or until soft.
Step 2: Mix all the ingredients except zucchini in a food processor until smooth and creamy.
Step 3: Pour sauce on top of cold or heated zucchini noodles.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Zoodles are made by putting zucchini through a spiralizer to make long thin strips of zucchini, which resemble noodles.
No, zucchini noodles don't taste like pasta, they taste like zucchini. When you add a flavorful sauce to zucchini noodles they are satisfying to the point that you don't miss the pasta.
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Zucchini Noodles with Raw Red Pepper Sauce
- Spiralizer (or use store-bought spiralized zucchini noodles)
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes - dehydrated or dry packed sun-dried tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil + more for garnish
- 1 large tomato
- ¼ of a red pepper (½ cup chopped)
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 Deglet dates or other small dates or 1 large Medjool date
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 2 zucchinis spiralized
- Soak sun-dried tomatoes in water for at least an hour, or until soft. Drain water.
- Mix all ingredients except spiralized zucchini noodles in a food processor.
- Pour over zucchini noodles and serve, or if you prefer, heat on stovetop first.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.