Zucchini Noodle Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette


This is a healthy, simple, and easy zucchini noodle (or zoodle) salad that is suitable for your personalization. For variation, feel free to top with feta cheese, parmesan, chopped walnuts, chile flakes, whatever suits your palate.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings



  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • 3 medium zucchini, ends trimmed

  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems

  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts


  1. Whisk lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, basil, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Drizzle in olive oil and whisk until vinaigrette emulsifies; set aside.

  2. Spiralize the zucchini into noodles using the thin blade. The strands will be very long, so cut them into manageable lengths with kitchen shears. Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl and add cilantro.

  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the noodles right before serving. Toss to gently coat. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Zucchini starts to release water and gets soggy when you add salt or acid (such as lemon), so toss the noodles just before serving.

Zucchini noodles will keep fresh for days (no seasoning or sauce), so go ahead and make them in advance, and keep in a covered container or zip-top bag until you need them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
23g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 34mg 168%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 483mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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