Zucchini Noodle Caprese

Zucchini Noodle Caprese

Every time I make a new zucchini noodle “zoodle” recipe I say that it’s my favorite. I think it’s quite evident that I just love zoodles or any form of zucchini pasta. If you’ve watched my videos on how to make and cook zucchini noodles or 10 vegetables to spiralize, you surely know that.

But this one, yeah, this zucchini noodle caprese may just be my favorite summer salad.

I’ve traveled extensively through Italy twice and I’ve always said that if there’s one country in the world I could easily live in, it would be Italy. The first time I traveled Italy was during a European study abroad in college and the second time was about 10 years later with my mom. For the record, I may have left my heart in Positano.

Both of those trips to Italy were before my celiac diagnosis, so everything in sight was edible. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t do my fair share of indulging. I did. But given all the pizzas, pastas and everything I could eat, I kept going back to caprese salad. My favorite Italian salad. A salad that’s so simple, crisp, flavorful and beautiful.

Making Zucchini Noodle Caprese

So today I decided to give the traditional caprese salad a zucchini noodle boost, resulting in this delicious zucchini noodle caprese.

What’s great about this salad is the freshness and flavor from a few key, simple ingredients. Namely, basil, zucchini and tomatoes. The basil, combined with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, pine nuts and cashews makes for a highly addictive basil pesto that you’ll literally want to slather on anything and everything.

The cherry tomatoes and creamy buffalo mozzarella balls are perfectly bite-sized. And I love that you can twirl the zucchini noodles just like traditional pasta.

With a glass of wine, sangria or limoncello in one hand, this zucchini noodle caprese definitely has me dreaming of my next trip back to Italy. Enjoy!

Zucchini Noodle Caprese Video

Want to see how I make this recipe? Watch the video below!

For more zucchini noodle recipes

Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Spinach and ParmesanMexican Chicken Zucchini NoodlesZucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic ShrimpZucchini Noodle Spaghetti BologneseCarrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce

And don’t forget that you can spiralize much more than zucchini noodles. Here’s some spiralizer recipes inspiration!

Zucchini Noodle Caprese

4.95 from 18 votes Prep: 20 minutes Total: 20 minutes Servings: 5 servings Author: Lisa BryanPrintPinReviewSaveSaved


This zucchini noodle caprese is a delicious, healthy salad made from zucchini noodles and a few simple, fresh ingredients.



4 medium zucchini8 ounces cherry tomatoes8 ounces small balls of buffalo mozzarella, in water

Basil Pesto

2 tbsp raw pine nuts, plus extra for garnish1/4 cup raw cashews1 cup packed basil leaves1/3 cup olive oil2 garlic cloves1 tsp lemon juice1/4 tsp saltblack pepper, to taste


toasted pine nutsfresh basil leaves


Toast the pine nuts in a skillet on medium low heat for 5 minutes, tossing gently. Then place them in your food processor.Toast the cashews in the same skillet for 10 minutes, tossing gently. Then transfer to your food processor.Add the remaining pesto ingredients into your food processor except the olive oil. Pulse until the ingredients are mixed. Turn your food processor on while slowly pouring the olive oil. Process until your pesto is smooth and creamy, then set aside.Cut the ends off each zucchini and use a spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Place these into a large bowl.Cut your tomatoes in half and place into the bowl with the zucchini. Cut your mozzarella balls in half and place in the same bowl.Using a spoon or spatula, remove all of the pesto from the food processor and add to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. Serve immediately.

Lisa’s Tips

For help spiralizing zucchini, watch my video on making zucchini noodles. And the spiralizer I use and love is the 6-Blade Paderno Spiralizer.Zucchini noodles do become watery over time, so if you make this salad ahead of time you may find some liquid pooling in the bottom of your bowl. Simply tip the bowl over the sink to drain any excess water.


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2125IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 1055mg | Iron: 2mg Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Keyword: Zoodle Caprese, Zucchini Noodle Caprese, Zucchini Noodle Caprese Salad

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This recipe was originally posted October 2014, but updated to include new photos. 

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