Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad

oodles of zoodles pasta salad

I’ve been brainstorming trying to think up new zoodle recipes that my kid would eat. If you aren’t familiar with zoodles, they are “noodles” made out of squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and various other veggies. Typically, you would use a spiralizer to do so. My kids don’t love squash and zucchini, but they will eat it in pasta salad, so I thought I’d make Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad. The recipe I used is very similar to my ‘Mostly Vegetable’ Pasta Salad.  It’s so easy to make and chock full of fresh veggies. I think it’s the perfect summertime side dish.


If you don’t have a spiralizer, here is the number one best selling one on Amazon. There are tons of different options available. However, I wanted a spiralizer that didn’t take up a lot of room in my kitchen, and wasn’t cumbersome to put together or clean. This is almost the exact spiralizer that I have, and it meets my needs for as often as I use it.

Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad
  • 4 squash, spiralized
  • 4 zucchini, spiralized
  • 2 cucumbers, diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 packet of ranch salad dressing mix
  • low fat Italian salad dressing
  1. Wash veggies thoroughly.
  2. Spiralize zucchini and squash then chop, dice, or slice other veggies.
  3. In a large bowl combine vegetables, and packet of ranch salad dressing mix.
  4. Pour Italian salad dressing over vegetables until generously covered.
  5. Stir thoroughly so that all ingredients are covered in salad dressing, then place in fridge to chill.
  6. Best if chilled overnight before serving. May need to add a tad more salad dressing before serving.


Yummy Fruit & Yogurt Cups

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I made this super easy and healthy recipe for my kids a couple of weeks ago and within minutes they had eaten the entire small batch that I had made and asked for more. This time I thought I’d make it in mini muffin cups and it turned out perfectly. You can whip up a batch in just a few minutes, throw it in the freezer, and have a healthy summertime snack ready in no time. Since I don’t particularly love yogurt, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I loved it! You could add many different kinds of fruit to customize to suite your tastes. Today, I added unsweetened coconut and really liked the added flavor. If my daughter didn’t have tree nut allergies I would have added pecans or almonds as well for a nice added crunch.

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Click here for 5 easy steps to how to roast spaghetti squash.

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While I attended a blogging conference in Dallas earlier this year I had the absolute best soup at one of the restaurants in the hotel.  It was chicken broth based with tons of fresh veggies like zucchini, squash, onions, and carrots.  I was determined to figure out how to recreate this recipe once I got home and add to my list of low carb meal ideas.  After some trial and error, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup was a success!  Since the first time I made it a couple of months ago, it’s become a regular addition to our dinner menu. Especially now that it’s gotten colder, a good hearty soup just feels cozy. An added bonus, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup is super healthy!

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