Wow Your 4th of July Guests with this Pasta-less Zucchini Pasta Salad

Wow Your 4th of July Guests with this Pasta-less Zucchini Pasta Salad

If you don’t know already, tomorrow is the 4th of July! Whether you’re hosting a July 4th party or going to one, I have the perfect item for your menu: pasta-less pasta salad. Imagine the look on your friends’ faces! Don’t be predictable and bring a bottle of wine or a box of cookies – bring zucchini pasta! My mother always taught me never to go to a party empty handed. It’s definitely life advice that I’ll be passing down to my children someday (those lucky little nuggets!)

Pasta salad is one of my favorites. My grandmother makes a mouth-wateringly good pasta salad with tuna, celery and macaroni. I don’t know why it’s SO good, but it is. You know what I don’t love about it? That I can’t eat it guiltlessly (because I have to eat a huge bowl of it -it’s so good!)

Ingredients

  • For the pasta salad:
  • 2 zucchinis, peeled and then spiralized
  • 3/4 cup of black beans
  • 3/4 cup of red kidney beans
  • 1.5-2 ears of corn
  • 4 tbsp pepitas (or more, if you like!)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 3/4 - 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Mexican seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • For the Avocado Lime Cilantro Dressing (makes about 1/2 - 3/4 of a cup)
  • 2-3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 medium garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I like about 1/2 - 1 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp pepper)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 avocado, insides chopped
Read the whole recipe on Inspiralized