Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Avocado, Pea & Kale Pesto

Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Avocado, Pea & Kale Pesto


My two favourite kitchen appliances are my food processor and my vegetable spiralizer. They’re both so important if you want to make healthy but delicious food. The processor is a pretty standard item but the spiralizer is a little less usual and if you don’t have one then you seriously need one! They’re really inexpensive, so easy to use and just so incredible! Seriously being able to make fresh vegetable spaghetti is unbelievable. Zucchini noodles are the main component of almost all my favourite meals and I really add them into everything. Their consistency is so like spaghetti its crazy, especially if you lightly sauté them.

This dish has been my favourite meal of the week, since Sunday I must have made it at least five times! It’s just so quick and easy yet so delicious, filling and satisfying. I think that’s the beauty of zucchini noodles – they’re really filling and it feels like you’re enjoying a bowl of pasta, except you feel wonderfully energised afterwards and you sneakily get in a wonderful portion of raw green veggie goodness without even realising it. This whole bowl is based around green goodness really and although it doesn’t taste like it, it really is unbelievably nutritious – kale, peas, avocado, zucchini, carrots, lime & mint – some of the most incredible ingredients in the world. They merge together to make such delicious flavours too. The avocado makes the sauce amazingly creamy and light while the peas add a deliciously sweet flavour that perfectly complements the freshness of the mint and the tanginess of the lime. The kale doesn’t add much, if anything, to the flavour of the dish but it’s there to boost health as it’s one of the most healthful ingredients ever. The carrot noodles are kind of in the same category as the kale – their sweetness is mostly masked by the sauce so you don’t really notice a difference between plain zucchini noodles and this mixed variety but carrots are wonderful for you so it’s absolutely worth adding them – they also add a beautiful rainbow dimension to the bowl thanks to their brilliant orange colour. I think you eat with your eyes first so I love my dishes to look beautiful and incredibly colourful. I couldn’t recommend making this more, it takes no more than ten minute from start to finish, it’s so delicious, it will make you feel incredible and gives you six portions (if you add the tomatoes) of vegetables in one bowl! I’ve tried this on five different friends this week and each one was obsessed, so I can almost guarantee that you will be too!

Here’s the link to the spiralizer I use

Serves 1

– 1 zucchini/courgette

– 1 carrot

– 1 cup of peas

– 1 ripe avocado

– a large handful of kale

– a handful of fresh mint

– a handful of pumpkin seeds

– 1 teaspoon of olive oil

– 1 lime/lemon

– salt

Start by bringing the peas to the boil using cold water to begin with.

As the peas warm make the noodles using your spiralizer.

Next, place the mint, kale, avocado, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Blend this mix into a creamy mixture, adding about three quarters of the drained peas once they are cooked.

Mix the pesto with the noodles topping the dish off with the pumpkin seeds.

If you’re less into raw food or after a warm dish then you can gently sauté the noodles with olive oil for a couple of minutes until they soften before stirring in the sauce for another minute.


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  • Margarita Rodriguez

    Ella, wow! amazing noodles!

    Best regards,

    Margarita Rodríguez ABOGADA

    Móv. +34 648941727 Madrid (Spain)

    Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:50:41 +0000 To: parome99@hotmail.com

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      hank you so much Margarita! :)

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  • http://cheffingit.wordpress.com Sarah

    Wow! You definitely have me sold on trying this dish.:) I don’t have a spiralizer though, so that’s something I need to look into. Will be back to check out more of your recipes!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the recipe! I couldn’t recommend getting a spiralizer more – they’re incredible and so cheap, mine was less than £30 and I use it all the time!

  • http://www.lifeologia.com Ella @ Lifeologia

    Dearest Ella,

    You make the most delicious recipes…. yum!

    Hope all is well. xo

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      Hi Ella! You’re so kind, thank you so much! Your recipes are incredible too :) xx

  • MariaMac

    Another winner! Why is that not a surprise??? :-)

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      Thank you Maria! So glad that you love all the recipes :)

  • http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/ Carole

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using peas and/or green beans. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are some good ones already. Cheers

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      I’m sorry that I missed the link up for this – I’ve been on holiday escaping technology but let me know if there are any others and I’d love to join in! :)

  • Emily Hawkes

    You’ve inspired me to buy a spiralizer. It came yesterday now I can’t wait to try this!

    • http://ellawoodward.wordpress.com Ella Woodward

      That’s awesome! I hope you love your spiralizer as much as I do! :)

  • Leslie

    While this sounds delicious, how is it raw when the peas are boiled? To keep it raw, I would suggest dropping the peas in hot, not boiling water for a few seconds to warm, then drain.

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you are absolutely right, it’s in the wrong category – thank you for pointing this out! You can always use fresh peas too :)

  • Sandeepa

    Hi Ella,
    Just love this recipe. Thanks for sharing the link for spiralizer!! Would love to know which food processor do you use, any recommendation?


    • ellawoodward

      Hi. There’s a link to the processor I use in the food philosophy section :)

  • Ximena

    These were amazing. I slightly altered the recipe to include some things I had in my fridge and substitute for others I did not. But wow, this dish is fantastic (esp. with the zucchini slightly sautéed with some olive oil and garlic) and I cannot wait to try some of your other recipes. Thank you so much!

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  • Kate

    Had this tonight. It was lovely. The pumpkin seeds are an inspired addition. I added spiriluna which gave a crazy deep green. Yummy!

  • http://www.zestfulkitchen.com/ Lauren

    This looks fantastic! I will try this soon!

  • Megan

    Hi Ella,

    I’m quite late on to your website by the looks of things but am SO obsessed with all your amazing and inspiring recipes! As a student I’ve already invested in the joint food processor/smoothie maker you suggested however I think a spiralzer may be a step too far! Would this recipe also work with courgette ribbons rather than spaghetti since all I need for ribbons is the humble peeler :)

    Hope you’re having a lovely week!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Megan,
      Yes that would work totally fine. You could also try a julienne peeler if you prefer.
      Have a great day,
      Ella x

      • Steven

        The spiralizer is genius! Doesn’t cost much, easy to clean and makes great spaghetti out of carrots, courgettes… Definitely not a step too far, it gives more possibilities to your dishes. I’m glad I was introduced to it!

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  • Satu Nieminen

    No matter what I do my pesto is NOT coming out creamy. The pictures of your noodles is lovely and I can see the pesto is very light in colour and runnier than mine. Mine comes out dark green thanks to the kale. I am wondering if you could tell me how much is your ‘handful’ as I may be putting too much kale and mint in. My pesto comes out all chunky and won’t then mix well with the noodles.

    Also, at what point does the lemon/lime come in?

  • ellawoodward

    I think it may be because of your food processor – if it is not too powerful it may not go smooth

  • daria yevgen

    That is one amazing recipe, looks like a dream

  • Lily

    When does the lemon come into this?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lily. You can drizzle the lemon juice over the noodles for an added zesty flavour. X

  • Charlie Ormond

    Hi Ella,

    I have fibromyalgia and have been desperately searching for a diet that could help to eleviate my symptoms….I think your fabulous recipes could be the answer!! I’ve already tried you winter warmer curry which was amazing and as my spiraliser arrived yesterday, I just tried this recipe!! Oh my, it’s so good!!! Even my ‘I’m not ever eating vegetables’ boyfriend has just wolfed a plate down!! Can’t wait to bake your caramel slices tomorrow!! Thank you for giving me hope!! Xx


  • Jayzee

    What’s with the lime/lemon juice? And what about the remaining quarter lot of peas?

    • ellawoodward

      I add the remaining quarter lot of peas to the noodles at the end and then squeeze on the lime/lemon juice. Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    I haven’t had difficulty with it before! It could be the spiralizer, I have recommended my favourite ones on the shop section of the blog! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I use organic frozen garden peas. Hope you love the recipe x

  • Iris

    Hi Ella, Are you blending/processing the 3/4 cup of peas into the pesto sauce so that the peas become pureed too or are you just mixing them in without pureeing them?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you blend in the 3/4 cup of peas to the mixture, and add the remaining 1/4 cup of solid peas to the noodles once everything has been mixed together x

  • ellawoodward

    I imagine that should work but be careful not to boil as this can kill a lot of the nutrients x

  • ellawoodward

    So happy you like the look of them! You could try swapping them for some more avocado, but as I haven’t tried this without the peas I can’t say how well it would work x

    • Laura

      Thank you for the reply Ella :) I will give it a try with more avocado! X

  • ellawoodward

    I use a Spiralz Vegetable Spiraliser x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes absolutely x

  • Muzzlington

    LOVED this dish Ella :-)