2-Step Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner
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Missing pasta on your low carb diet? Satisfy your noodle cravings with a creamy, dreamy pasta dish that fits into your keto friendly meal plan. Flavorful homemade pesto made with avocado and basil coats fresh zucchini noodles for an easy, no-cook meal! Enjoy this delicious dish as a meatless main course, make a double batch for an easy party pasta salad or top it with meat or seafood for added protein.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s ready to enjoy in just two easy steps! The thick, creamy pesto sauce consists of only eight simple ingredients. These include one large ripe avocado, two cups of fresh basil leaves, one garlic clove, one tablespoon of olive oil, a quarter-cup of hemp seeds, the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Simply add all of these ingredients into your food processor and blend until your pesto is completely smooth. Pour your finished sauce over two cups of fresh zucchini noodles and dig in! You can enjoy this dish cold, room temperate or warmed up on the stovetop. Feel free to throw your pesto zoodles in a large pan over medium heat for about three minutes. zucchini noodles

Palm Pro Tip: You can easily make adjustments to this recipe and throw in some additional chopped veggies that you might have on hand! If you’d like to pump up the protein in this pesto pasta dish, you can top your meal with grilled chicken breast, sliced sausage or cooked shrimp. This will make the meal more satisfying and keep you full for the rest of the evening. For a comprehensive list of acceptable Vegetables and Proteins on your South Beach Diet meal plan, check out our extended Grocery Guide! >

One serving of these Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles contains 403 calories and six grams of net carbs. They count as two Healthy Fats and one Vegetable on the South Beach Diet food program. While you’re enjoying this big bowl of veggie noodles, make sure to take a minute to log your meal into the South Beach Diet Tracker app! This will help you stay on top of your food intake and ensure you’re eating the proper amount of protein, healthy fats, veggies and net carbs each day. The new and improved macro tracker will quickly become your best weight loss buddy!

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Phase: Weight Loss Phase, Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 2

Nutrition Information

  • 2 Healthy Fat
  • 1 Vegetables


  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups zucchini noodles


  1. Blend avocado, basil, hemp seeds, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Pour sauce over zucchini noodles and toss gently to combine. Serve as is or heat in a large pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes.