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National Nutrition Month Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

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National Nutrition Month Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Recipe by Breana Lai,

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yields four servings.


  • 5-6 medium zucchini (2 ¼ -2 ½ pounds total), trimmed
  • ¾ tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tbsp., divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count), peels and deveined (tails left on if desired)
  • 1-2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning


  1. Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle (seeds make the noodles fall apart). Place the zucchini "noodles" in a colander and toss with ½ teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.
  1. Meanwhile, combine avocado, basil, pistachios, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add ¼ cup oil and process until smooth.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sprinkle with Old Bay; cook, stirring occasionally until the shrimp is almost cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl, add the pesto and gently toss to combine.

Nutrition Report Card (1 ½ cups)

  • 446 calories
  • 7 grams fiber
  • 26 grams protein
  • 713 mg sodium
  • 16 grams carbs
  • Total fat: 33g (5g saturated fat, 159 mg cholesterol)