Caprese Zoodle Salad

A simple summer caprese salad made from fresh ingredients – zucchini, tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella – to share at your next barbecue!

Caprese Zoodle Salad - fresh, simple, and perfect for your summer BBQ. | Hungry by Nature

I’m gonna be real with you for a second. I love being in the kitchen (duh Ellie, we already knew that!), but Chicago summers make it real hard. Like reeeeeal hard.

Caprese Zoodle Salad | Hungry by Nature

It’s hot.

I don’t want to turn on the oven.

And I really just want to sit on my deck, sip a cocktail, and go for a long walk after dinner (usually to my favorite ice cream shop).

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Enter: Ellie’s summer dinner menu

(Because who wants to be in the hot kitchen when it is so gorgeous out?!)

Chicken and Avocado Salad

Turkey burgers + simple green salad

Pork chops + grilled vegetables

Are you catching on?? Pretty much everything I make in the summer consists of a protein being cooked on the grill and a side of vegetables in some form – grilled, in a salad, raw and dipped in hummus… you get it.

It’s just too damn hot to turn on that oven!

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Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto, and zucchini are all you need for a simple summer Caprese Zoodle Salad! | Hungry by Nature

[/one_half_last]I’ve been spiralizing a lot lately.  Do you spiralize? It took me a little while to pull the trigger and actually buy a spiralizer, but I haven’t looked back and highly recommended it. (P.S. This is the one I have and LOVE it!) I picked up some heirloom cherry tomatoes from the farmers market, along with my zucchini and knew I was destined for something good.

A big bowl of Caprese Zoodle Salad is perfect for your summer BBQ! |

Like real good. What’s your favorite summer salad recipe? And are you spiralizing like me?!

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Caprese Zoodle Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1/2 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 5 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto


  1. Prep your ingredients: Using your spiralizer, create your zucchini noodles. Cut the tomatoes in half. Cube the mozzarella.
  2. Toss together and enjoy!

That perfect bite.

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Caprese Zoodle Salad |

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18 thoughts on “Caprese Zoodle Salad

  1. Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    k this actually looks awesome. i’ve been rolling my eyes at zoodles for the past year (i love carbs), but i thinkkkk i would love this. plus, at least you’re calling it a salad haha, not pasta.

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Thanks Bev! It’s hard for me to do zoodles with meatballs and red sauce… If I want pasta, then I want REAL pasta. And yes – totally a salad! Have a great weekend!

  2. Kristy @ Southern In Law

    This looks so delicious! Definitely the perfect summer salad and especially so if you grow zucchinis! We always seem to be overloaded during the summer! 😛

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Yes, then this is perfect for you! I wish I grew my own… My little patio in Chicago is only good enough to grow herbs 🙁

  3. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple

    Yum! I made a recipe really similar to this a couple weeks ago. Caprese is the BEST!

  4. Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    Hello! So glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I love love love zoodles. I ate them three times this past week!

  5. Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    Hello! So glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I love love love zoodles. I ate them three times this past week!

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      I picked up so many at the farmers market last weekend that I’ve been eating them nonstop! I hope you enjoy the caprese salad!!

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  7. Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen

    Um this looks so amazing! I looveeee zoodle meals.
    And HECK YES to walks… to get ice cream 😀

  8. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run

    This looks so fresh and delicious! There’s no better combination than pesto and mozz’!

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