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Strawberry Zucchini Noodles with Balsamic Cashew Cream

These whole30 compliant strawberry zucchini noodles are tossed with balsamic cashew cream! They're a healthy no-cook dinner that's paleo and vegan friendly, under 300 calories and only 6 ingredients!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 Large zucchini spiralized with the 3mm blade, or 8 medium sized
  • Sea salt
  • 1 Cup Roasted cashews covered in water and soaked overnight *(read notes)
  • 1/4 Cup Good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Strawberries thinly sliced.
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh basil thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Place the spiralized zucchini noodles into a large colander set over a large bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Let them sit, tossing occasionally, for 15-20 minutes so that they can release some moisture.
  • While the zoodles sit, drain the cashews and toss them in a high-powered blender. Add in the balsamic vinegar and almond milk.
  • Set your blender to the "chop" setting for 1 minute, and then up to the "puree" setting until the sauce is thick and creamy. This takes a good 4-6 minutes and you'll need to scrape down the sides a very times. Season to taste with sea salt. **
  • Drain the water from the zoodles and transfer to a paper towel. Press out as much excess moisture as you can and then transfer to a large bowl.
  • Pour the sauce into the zoodles and toss to evenly coat. Gently, stir in the strawberries and basil.
  • DEVOUR.

Notes

*I buy my cashews pre-roasted. If you can't find these, then simply bake them in a 400 degree oven for 5-7 minutes until very golden brown. Do this before soaking them overnight and do not skip this step as toasting the cashews adds a lot of flavor. You can also roast them in a pan for a few minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.
**If you want to make a smaller serving of this recipe, I found it really hard to make a half batch of sauce...UNLESS you have a Blendec and have a twister jar. This smaller jars works great if you're a smaller family. BUT, this also makes great leftovers the next day!