I got a spiralizer for Christmas and I have to say, I'm in love with it. Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are so much fun to make (and eat)... and I love all the interesting ways there are to serve them. Today I covered raw zucchini noodles with a stunning pink pesto made with garlic, beets, and almond meal. You don't really taste the beets in this pesto, but you do taste a lot of garlic. Actually, the pesto was so delicious, I found myself blissfully devouring every last bit that I could scrape out of the blender jar. This recipe is a keeper for sure!
Start by spiralizing 2 zucchini (this is the spiralizer I have).
I promise, once you start cranking out the zoodles, you'll be hooked.
These zoodles are served at room temperature so pour the beet pesto on the zoodles and combine. That's it - you're about 10 minutes away from having a garlic flavor bomb explode in your mouth.
Oh my, I wish you could taste this amazing dish. I really hope you'll give it a try soon.
Zoodles with Beet Pesto
makes 6 servings
2 medium zucchini, washed
1 cup cooked red beets, peeled
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup almond meal
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons warm water
2 cloves garlic, peeled
kosher salt and pepper to taste
Spiralize zucchini into spaghetti-like zoodles; set aside.
In a food processor or vitamix blender, blend together the cooked beets, olive oil, almond meal, red wine vinegar, water, and garlic.
Taste carefully and add kosher salt and pepper to taste; stir well.
Pour beet pesto over raw zucchini zoodles and serve immediately.
Note: The pesto can be made ahead of time, but don't toss with the zoodles until just before serving (doing so will make the sauce watery).
To Cook Beets: Trim stems and leaves. Cover beets with water and boil for 50-60 minutes or until a knife easily pierces all the way through (be sure beets stay completely submerged). Remove beets from water. When cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove and discard skin. Wear disposable gloves to keep your hands from getting stained.
inspired by heatherchristo.com