Zucchini Noodles have been all the rage for quite some time, especially in the low-carb, paleo, gluten-free and weight watchers worlds. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, you basically make “noodles” out of zucchini or summer squash. This is, essentially, the summertime answer to using spaghetti squash as a base for all things pasta.

There are quite a few ways you can turn zucchini into noodles. Some people use julienne peelers like this one or this one.

I’ve been using my mandoline – I have this one. I just insert the julienne blade and it’s fairly easy to do as long as the zucchini are not too narrow.

The most popular tool with which to make vegetable noodles is this Vegetable Spiralizer. I have been coveting one of these for months and couldn’t bring myself to buy yet another kitchen gadget as I barely have room for all of the stuff I already have. But after months and months of wanting one and hearing so many people rave about how amazing and easy they are to use, I finally broke down and ordered one this week.

I figured I would post a tutorial on how to make zucchini noodles with a mandoline as most people have one and aren’t going to buy a special single-use kitchen gadget just for this, plus there is just a bit more to making them on the mandoline then getting the right shape.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.comFor this tutorial, I partnered with my friend Pamela from BOLIG Photography. We spent the day together while our kids played (READ: tore apart her house and backyard), I taught her how to make Zucchini Noodles on her mandoline and she took some gorgeous pictures of the whole process to share with you.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles + 10 Zucchini Noodle Recipes
 
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Average Serving Size is 2 Medium Zucchini Per Person — 0 Points Plus
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • kosher salt
  • mandoline with julienne blade
  • fine mesh strainer
Instructions
  1. Wash zucchini and trim ends.How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  2. I recommend taking the time to peel each zucchini. The “noodles” look more like pasta when the skin is removed and some zucchini skin can have a bitter taste which some people do not like. With that being said, if I am in a rush, I leave the skin on so do what works for you.How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.comHow to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  3. Fit your mandoline with the julienne blade and be sure to use the safety guard. Never skip using the safety guard – you can really cut yourself bad! How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  4. Proceed to slide the zucchini over the mandoline blades lengthwise to get the longest noodles possible until you are left with a thin sliver that is pretty much impossible to slice.How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.comHow to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.comHow to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  5. You have just made yourself some zucchini pasta!How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  6. Transfer the zucchini noodles to a mesh colander and lightly sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to distribute and leave colander over a mixing bowl or the sink to drain. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes, giving an occasional squeeze.How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com
  7. If you leave the skin on, your liquid will be very dark green, if you peeled the zucchini, it will look more like this.Try to get as much water out of the zucchini noodles as possible before cooking.How to Make Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com



Now that you know how to make them, here are 10 clean-ingredient recipes that feature Zucchini Noodles!

Raw Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Olives + Mint from www.gourmandeinthekitchen.com

2.     Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce from Paleo Cupboard

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce from www.everydaymaven.com

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce from www.everydaymaven.com

4. Vegan Cheezy Zucchini Noodles from Earthsprout

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles from www.RunningtoTheKitchen.com

6.     Sriracha Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles from Kettler Cuisine

7.     Creamy Garlic Alfredo with Arugula and Zucchini Linguine from Living Nutrition

Paleo Pesto Meatballs from www.everydaymaven.com

Pesto Meatballs in Sauce over Zucchini Noodles from www.everydaymaven.com

9.      Paleo Pad Thai from Health Bent

Vietnamese Stir Fry from www.SlimPalate.com