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Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad

Make noodles from zucchini (sometimes called Zoodles) and use them for this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad; this is so deliciously healthy and low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the category for Spiralizer Recipes to find more recipes like this one!

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Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and if you’re reading this blog chances are good you’re looking for healthier party food that’s still delicious and won’t leave you feeling deprived. This Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad has all my favorite pasta salad flavors in a low-carb and gluten-free version made with zucchini noodles.

Several years ago I posted Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables, and since then every summer I’ve had fun sharing some recipes using the tasty noodles made from zucchini. and sometimes when you’re a blogger focused on creating new recipes all the time, you don’t get a chance to go back to your old favorite recipes. But I’ve made this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad many times since I first came up with it, and no matter what the occasion, it’s been gobbled it up every time. And I bet it will be a hit at your Mother’s Day celebration as well.

This recipe is a low-carb and gluten-free offspring of my Pasta Salad with Italian Sausage, Zucchini, Red Pepper, and Olives, a recipe I’ve been making for years and years for family parties and if you’re not worried about carbs, that’s also a fabulous recipe! But I’ve been surprised at how well this pasta salad with zucchini noodles has been received whenever I’ve served it. And Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad is wonderful served as a low-carb side dish, but since it has Italian Sausage included, I’d be happy with a big bowl of this for a delicious low-carb dinner.


Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Whether you choose turkey or pork Italian Sausage, brown the sausages over medium heat, turning often; then move them to a cutting board to cool. (Some sausage comes 5 in a package, even better!) While the sausage cooks, blend or whisk together basil pesto, purchased vinaigrette dressing and some black pepper. (I used Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing which is really low in sugar.) Drain a jar of roasted red peppers, pat dry with paper towels, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

Drain a can of olives.  Thinly slice enough green onions to make 1/4 cup. (Photo taking must have broken down on those two ingredients!) As soon as sausage is cool enough to handle, cut into slices about 3/8 inches (1 cm.) thick.

Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

I used two medium-sized zucchini about 9-10 inches long.  Cut a small slit lengthwise in the zucchini so you get short noodles and not one big long one! I made my noodles with the Spiralizer shown here, but if you don’t want to buy a Spiralizer, try one of the other methods in my Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables. Put the zucchini “noodles” into a bowl big enough to hold all the ingredients and stir in the dressing.  (You may not want all the dressing if you prefer your salads to be more dry.) Then add the sausage slices, roasted red pepper pieces, olives, and green onions and gently combine.

Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve right away or chill; this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad was still surprisingly good even after it had been in the fridge overnight.

More Ideas with Zucchini Noodles:
Low-Carb Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Chipotle Sauce ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, and Herb Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fresh Zucchini Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ~ Sugar-Free Mom
Julienned Zucchini Vegan Bowl with Peanut-Sriracha Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Thai Chickpea Zucchini Noodle Salad ~ Cookin’ Canuck

Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad

This Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad is perfect for a summer party, and this salad is so delicious you won’t miss the carbs!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 or 5 links Italian sausage (Use turkey or pork Italian sausage, whichever you prefer.)
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red peppers
  • 1 can (6 oz. drained) black olives
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 medium zucchini, 9-10 inches long
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto (I used my Basil Pesto with Lemon, but purchased pesto will also be good in this.)
  • 1/2 cup purchased vinaigrette dressing (I used Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing which is one of the lowest-sugar dressings you can find.)
  • fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan and cook the sausages over medium heat until they’re nicely browned on all sides, turning often.  (Don’t rush this step.) Put browned sausage on a cutting board to cool.
  2. While the sausage cooks, blend or whisk together the basil pesto, vinaigrette dressing, and fresh-ground black pepper to make the dressing.
  3. Drain the red peppers in a colander placed in the sink, then pat dry and cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Drain the olives into the same colander.  Thinly slice enough green onions to make 1/4 cup.
  5. When it’s cool enough to handle, slice the sausage into thin slices, about 3/8 inch or just over 1 cm.
  6. Wash zucchini if needed and cut off both ends.  Make a small slit lengthwise in the zucchini so you’ll get individual noodles.
  7. Use one of the Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables; I used the Spiralizer with the large noodle blade.
  8. Put the noodles into a bowl big enough to hold all the ingredients.  Stir in desired amount of dressing to moisten all the noodles.
  9. Then gently stir in the sliced sausage, red pepper pieces, olives, and sliced green onions.
  10. Serve right away or chill for a few hours before serving. (This was still quite good after it has been in the fridge overnight, although it was best freshly made.)

This salad was created by Kalyn after she got infatuated with her Spiralizer!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
It’s important to use a dressing that’s low in sugar to make this mock pasta salad low in carbs, and the Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing I used only has 1 gram of sugar in two tablespoons. Use lower-fat turkey Italian Sausage if you’re making this for the South Beach Diet or pork Italian Sausage for Keto or other low-carb plans.

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Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com

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19 comments on “Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad”

  1. Been loving all the spiralized noodles I've seen around this summer. This one looks hearty too!

  2. Thanks Jeanette; I am loving the zucchini noodles!

  3. This sounds like such a delicious combination1 For some reason, even though I love raw zucchini. I've never thought to use it quite like this. (I always seem to use long strips to make appetizer bites with cashew cheese. Also good!) Must try!

  4. Eileen, this was so good, hope you try it. Love the sound of those appetizers too.

  5. Will your spiralizer make beet noodles? How did you choose the Paderno spiralizer over the other models, like the Japanese? Will it spiralize round zucchini?

  6. I don't eat beets, so I haven't tried making beet noodles, but if you follow the link to Inspiralized she tells all the veggies she has tried. I'm not sure about round zucchini but I think it will. I bought this brand because I knew other people who had it.

  7. Kalyn, this sounds delicious! I bought a spiralizer after seeing the "Zoodle" recipes on your blog. I have tried a couple of them so far and they were delicious! I found a Pad Thai Zoodle recipe on another blog that reminded me a lot of your recipes — flavorful, delicious AND low carb! Thanks for all you do to share your wonderful recipes with all of us!! Low carb seems to be the way to go for me and you have made it so much easier!!!

  8. Great recipe, dear Kalyn 🙂 I was always about to buy such a spiralizer, now i definatley have to! Great dish for hot weather and not a typicall salad- i love it! Maybe i can try to make it with carrots too! Greetings from Südtirol, Italy 🙂

  9. Hi Kaylyn, one question. Does this get "watery" because of the zoodles? I know they have some water in them. Just curious. ( I just got a spiralizer. Can't wait to try it out).

    • Hi Kirsten, I didn't find it to be too watery, although the zucchini noodles don't absorb the dressing like a regular pasta salad does. You can saute the noodles over very high heat for a minute or two to evaporate some water if you prefer. I actually like them either way.

  10. The recipe is so unique!

  11. Who needs a special occasion? I could eat this any time!

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  13. I bot the Newman’s Own Classic Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing as you suggested and WE LOVE IT! (You might want to add it to your Kalyn’s picks)

    One thing i don’t like about it, however, is that the bottle doesnt not have a squirt top, so the dressing dribbles on the outside and the jar gets greasy. By the time I get it shook up and unscrew the cap, the spices have settled back to the bottom! I recently wrote Newmans Cust. Svc about this issue. Perhaps you might have more influence if you wrote them!

    I can’t begin to express how much i enjoy your web page and email notifications for new recipes. We went on a low carb diet 7 weeks ago. Since then, I have made several of your recipes which we enjoyed very much. Following you has made this diet much less boring than we expected!

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