This spiralized zucchini noodle spaghetti salad is loaded with veggies and tossed in a homemade Italian dressing. Perfect for summer cookouts, BBQs and picnics!
Memorial Day is right around the corner. Pools will be opening, frosé will be flowing and there will be plenty of summer cookouts to attend. With that in mind I teamed up with a few of my favorite bloggers to bring you four healthy BBQ side dishes.
We didn’t intentionally plan this, but much to my excitement all four of us ended up making a different salad! Speaking of salads. I’m hosting a 5-day salad challenge that starts on Monday. The only commitment is replacing one meal a day with a salad. It’s such a simple change, but provides a ton of health benefits. Everyone who signs up will receive a guidebook for the challenge with a 5-day clean eating meal plan, recipes and a shopping list! Plus there’s a Facebook group for motivation and accountability. You can sign up here if you’re interested.
Growing up I lived for summer. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy school (I actually loved school), but I also really loved all the family get-togethers we’d attend throughout the summer months. Pool parties, kick ball games, playing hide-and-seek outside until sunset and then chasing lightening bugs all evening long. I have a lot of fun memories from our family BBQs.
Of course, there was always a ton of food around too. Spaghetti salad was one dish my Granny used to make for every family get-together. Her version was the classic with cooked spaghetti noodles, a bottle of Italian dressing, green peppers, cucumber, tomatoes and onion. I can’t remember if her version had cheese or not, but I remember it tasting delicious.
Today I’m remaking Granny’s spaghetti salad with a healthy EBF twist — zucchini noodles instead of spaghetti noodles and a homemade Italian dressing instead of the bottled stuff. It’s light, fresh and the perfect complement to hamburgers, hot dogs and other grillables! And the recipe is really flexible. You can add whatever veggies you’d like and I’ve included some fun ideas for additional to boost the flavor if you’re so inclined.
Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti Salad
- 3 large zucchini, spiralized
- 1 yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Add zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion into a large salad bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Let sit in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before serving.
by Brittany Mullins
optional add-ins: fresh parmesan or hemp parmesan, olives, paprika.
Looking for more healthy BBQ side dishes? Check out these as well:
- Honey Lime Grilled Shrimp & Corn Salad // Food Faith Fitness — This healthy grilled Mexican corn salad is tossed with juicy, smoky shrimp and has a sweet and tangy honey lime vinaigrette! Perfect for summer cook outs!
- Dill Pesto Potato Wedge Salad // Cotter Crunch — This Dill Pesto Potato Wedge Salad makes a great healthy side dish for your next barbecue or gathering! Two types of salads combined and tossed a zippy dill pesto sauce. It’s gluten free, vegan friendly.
- Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad // Lexi’s Clean Kitchen — This one-bowl gluten-free Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad is the perfect side-dish for summer entertaining! It requires very little cooking and is simple to throw together! PLUS it is so flavorful! Add your favorite Summer greens into the pesto, toss with gluten-free pasta, tomatoes, and delicious Italian spices and BOOM: Summer side perfection.