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Do you have a spiralizer yet? If you don’t, zucchini noodles are The Reason to get one. They are the perfect light, low carb pasta replacement. Usually we think of them for warm dishes, but did you know that a cold spiralized zucchini noodle salad is just as amazing? It absolutely is. Especially when bacon is involved.
My favorite way to use my spiralizer is to make zucchini noodles alfredo (with healthy alfredo sauce). It’s quick and easy, and feels like comfort food. As another benefit for this time of year, it doesn’t require turning on the oven when it’s So. Hot. Outside. That’s always a good thing in August, but salads are even better to beat the heat. That’s where a low carb zucchini noodle salad comes in.
So far, all the healthy zucchini recipes on the blog have involved cooking to some degree. Since it’s so hot outside, a zoodle salad is a perfect change of pace! And, zucchini noodle salad with bacon and tomatoes comes together in no time at all. If you have cooked bacon on hand, there is no cooking required! (You can also use pre-cooked bacon bits instead.)
If you’ve been following along, you know that Zucchini Week is in full swing here at Wholesome Yum! I’m sharing new low carb zucchini recipes every day this week. If you haven’t checked out the zucchini pizza bites and fried zucchini & squash recipes yet, go take a peek.
Today, Zucchini Week is coinciding with another fun event I’m participating in: Bacon Month!! (I’ll bet that caught your attention. ;)) Some of your favorite recipes on the blog are made with bacon, including bacon wrapped asparagus, bacon cheeseburger soup, and cream cheese jalapeno poppers with bacon. So, I was excited to feature bacon in more recipes.
On four Wednesdays in August, I (along with eight other bloggers) will be sharing a drool-worthy bacon recipe! Be sure to check out the other participants for more delicious bacon recipes this month:
- Bread Booze Bacon
- Cooking in Stilettos
- Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen
- Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Kleinworth & Co.
- Live Laugh Rowe
- Served Up with Love
- Kudos Kitchen by Renee
They are all posting a bacon recipe today. Not all of the other bloggers’ recipes will be low carb, but of course mine will be. For the rest, I’ll definitely try to adapt some of them to low carb versions myself. It’s worth it for bacon. 😉 You can never have too many low carb bacon recipes!
Here at Wholesome Yum, I’m actually kicking off Bacon Month with this lighter recipe featuring both bacon and zucchini. You’ll love this easy zucchini noodle salad with bacon and tomatoes!
I have to admit, sometimes I’m a bit lazy and don’t feel like pulling out my spiralizer for recipes that need one. I convince myself that I’ll just dice my zucchini instead and it will be just as good. And yes, it works okay, but it’s just not the same! Something about the noodle shape makes spiralized zoodles so much better than plain, old zucchini!
It turns out, the same applies for a low carb zucchini noodle pasta salad. Making a spiralized zucchini salad is somehow way more delicious than just cutting up zucchini into one! You’ll want to pull out your spiralizer for this one.
This easy zucchini noodle salad is perfect when you have common summer produce on hand, but have no idea what you’re making for lunch or dinner.
For a similar idea to try, check out zoodles with red pepper lemon vinaigrette. In that version as well as mine, the simple lemon vinaigrette dressing uses common pantry ingredients you probably have right now.
You can also use zoodles as a pasta substitute in just about any pasta salad. Try swapping them in for pasta in this Italian pasta salad!
For the salad itself, the spiralized zucchini, juicy grape tomatoes, and aromatic fresh basil is the ultimate combination of summer flavors. And then there is the bacon – don’t forget the bacon! 😉
Zucchini Noodle Salad Recipe with Bacon & Tomatoes:
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- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper, until emulsified.
- In a large bowl, combine the spiralized zucchini, chopped bacon, halved grape tomatoes, and fresh basil. Toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.
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Serving size: 1 cup
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