Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

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Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

I actually made this recipe last week for my own personal lunch and it was so simple and flavorful, that I decided to post up the recipe on the blog!

This happens a lot – I make something for myself without the intention of posting the recipe on the blog and then… I do.

I guess I overthink my blog recipes – I always think that my quick and easy lunch recipes aren’t “worthy” of the blog, but it’s quite the opposite, I’m finding.

Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

I had some leftover prosciutto from a meat and cheese platter that I needed to use up, so I tossed it in with raw zucchini noodles, made a simple vinaigrette with red wine vinegar and shallots, and grabbed some sunflower seeds out of the pantry to toss in.

I let the noodles sit in the vinaigrette for about 10 minutes to soften and the result was so surprisingly delicious (I honestly wasn’t expecting so much flavor!)

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The combination of the sweetness from the prosciutto with the saltiness of the sunflower seeds and tanginess of the dijon mustard is so tasty.

In the end, I added some chopped tomatoes for color and well, because it’s unofficially summer and I want to use more tomatoes!

This dish will definitely stay in the fridge well – this dish serves one (after all, I made it for one originally), so the dressing is light and won’t lead to much excess moisture as it sits. Actually, the longer it sits, the softer the noodles get and the better the flavor! Just don’t go over 3-4 days.

Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

I love tossing raw zucchini noodles with tangy vinaigrettes, they’re my new pasta salad.

Zucchini noodles are the new black?

Do you like eating raw zucchini noodle salads? Would you like to see more of them as lunch ideas?

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 10 points

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Chilled Zucchini Noodle and Prosciutto Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Yields 1

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • For the pasta:
  • 3 pieces of prosciutto, roughly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, Blade C
  • 1 teaspoon roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons deseeded, chopped tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Then, toss together the prosciutto, zucchini noodles, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and vinaigrette. Divide into bowls.
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17 comments

Holly Brown says:
Yes, I love cold zucchini noodle dishes. I made your pasta salad for Memorial Day and it was a big hit at the barbeque. Thx Ali
Beth B says:
I love your simple recipes. I find that I don't actually make the more complicated ones. Please don't stop posting this kind. I'll bet this will become a favorite of mine. So quick, simple, and tasty. Thank you!
Dianne says:
Ali: Thanks for the salad recipe. I have been loving zucchini noodles lately. Cold or warm they are great. I also tried sweet potato raw and it is so crunchy and sweet. I think some sort of Asia dressing would be good with maybe cashews. Just a thought. I LOVE your web site and cookbook. Thanks so much
Terry says:
I have more cukes than I know what to do with. I decided to make this with a cuke instead. I only had organic sunflower seeds (unsalted and not roasted, of course). It was delicious! After soaking in the dressing, I bet you could use any veggie and you'd never guess what it was. It was soaked up so good!
Karen says:
Hi Ali, Will definitely try this! Just got my spiraliser yesterday and have done two dishes with it. I tossed cooked noodles in Tahini paste it was delicious.
Vicky says:
yes please to more salady lunch ideas.
I do the same thing with my blog! I'll make something simple but wonderful for lunch, then plan blog recipes to death, when easy lunches like this are exactly the recipes I want to find myself! Now I just wish I had this in my fridge :)
Kathryn says:
Eating this for lunch as I type! SO incredibly delicious!! So glad I made a double batch for lunch tomorrow! More salads like this would be fantastic!
Ali Maffucci says:
So happy to hear it! Thanks for the feedback!
Nita says:
Yes! I would love to see more quick salad type dishes on your site. I made this today for lunch and it was veru good. My usual quick lunch is spiralized zucchini or yellow squash tossed with pesto , grape tomatoes and salt pepper. This was delicious and I loved all how all the flavors blended together.
Nita says:
Yes! I would love to see more quick salad type dishes on your site. I made this today for lunch and it was veru good. My usual quick lunch is spiralized zucchini or yellow squash tossed with pesto , grape tomatoes and salt pepper. This was delicious and I loved how all the flavors blended together.
Caroline says:
I can not wait to make this recipe! You've really been churning them out lately and I can't keep up! Going to start a log of recipes to try :)
Hannah says:
Had this for lunch today and it was really tasty! And so easy to make! Thanks Ali!! I agree with the others - more easy salad recipes for lunch at work would be great :-)
Denise says:
I appreciate the lunch recipes for one. I was confused by the last sentence in the recipe: top with zucchini. Does this mean add more zucchini? Thanks, Denise.
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