Elote with Zucchini Noodles

gluten freevegetarian
Elote with Zucchini Noodles

Elote with Zucchini Noodles

I am officially back from our babymoon in Hawaii and jumping right back into the swing of things with these elote-style zucchini noodles, adapted from this Cooking Light recipe.

We flew back on Saturday (lost the whole day traveling) and arrived on Sunday morning around 6:45am. We hopped right in bed, slept until 12:30pm and then my family came over to celebrate Father’s Day.

Needless to say, I woke up this morning tired, but ready to focus on everything spiralized!

The babymoon was exactly what I needed to de-stress and get excited about this baby! It’s easy to kind of forget your pregnant during this trimester, because your energy levels are back to normal and most of the less-pleasant symptoms are gone. So, it was lovely to spend a week in Maui, Hawaii, with my husband.

Elote with Zucchini Noodles

I read almost three full books, relaxed, got plenty of time on the beach, drank lots of pineapple and coconut mocktails, and ate plenty of banana bread (probably too much!) It’s just so nice to be away from home – we didn’t bring our laptops and barely loaded up our email (I didn’t actually do any work except for post pictures on Instagram!)

I’m going to be doing a full Hawaii/babymoon recap over on my lifestyle blog later this week, so if you want to hear all about it and my thoughts on Hawaii, bookmark Inspiralizedali!

This salad was featured in Cooking Light magazine (and they have the same recipe online) and I immediately knew I had to try it out – with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. If you’re a sour cream fan, go for it! Greek yogurt is a lighter option, but it’s only two tablespoons used in the recipe, so go with what you prefer.

Elote with Zucchini Noodles

This salad would go great with some seared flank steak, grilled chicken, or some spicy shrimp. Or, toss some quinoa into the overall mixture for a boost of veggie-friendly protein.

I’m off to cook tomorrow’s recipe (can you tell I’m behind?!), but in the meantime, I hope this easy zucchini noodle dish makes your summer must-make list!

Now you can watch a cooking video of this recipe:


Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 3 points

*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.

Serves 4 (1/2 cup per serving)

Elote with Zucchini Noodles

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels (cooked) - or just use corn from a can
  • 1 large zucchini, Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled queso fresco cheese (or feta will work too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder


  1. In the bottom of a large bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, cilantro, oil, lime juice, and salt. Add the corn and zucchini noodles and toss well to combine.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl or platter and top with cheese and chili powder. Serve.


Per serving (1 out of 4) - Calories: 92, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Carbs: 7g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 232mg

Elote with Zucchini Noodles

New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image.


Allison says:
This looks like an amazing summer recipe. Zucchini and corn are such a great combination, and queso fresco seals the deal. ;-) I loved looking at your IG photos and IG stories from Maui! So glad you and your husband have a wonderful babymoon! I loved the Road to Hana IG stories!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thank you so much lady!
Pamela Schramek says:
Do you cook the corn?
Helen Coupe says:
Do you think this would be good or weird with a poached egg on it? Looking to cook something for my vegetarian friend later this week- she can have eggs/dairy, so was looking for something that would incorporate a poached egg if you have any other recs! Have both your cook books. Love them!
andrew scott says:
I thought about adding a poached egg too
Pamela says:
Do you cook the corn?
Christina says:
Going to make this tonight!!! Looks so good!
KristineD says:
I made this last night. I grill-roasted corn on the cob then cut the kernels off. The char from the corn really added a nice flavor to the dish. I still have corn left - so I am repeating the dish! I am using chayote instead of zucchini - but would consider using jicama too.
Lara says:
Made this last night with jalapeno marinated pork chop and some diced jalapeno with the elote and OHMYGOD!
Had this for lunch! OMG delicious and easy, there is leftovers....just me, hope it will keep until tomorrow........ A new favorite...I had a few spicy shrimp leftover for my extra protein!!! Awesome!!
Debora Caloggero says:
I am so hooked on this making it for 4th of July party !!! Ali Love you!!!!
Nia says:
Your babymoon sounds like an absolute dream!
Anne says:
I made this last night using blade D as suggested in the recipe . It was a much wider noodle than in the picture. What blade did you use for the picture?
Kari L. says:
Love love love elotes and getting it from a very particular street vendor in Chicago. Since that is not exactly the healthiest thing to eat, I love this take on it. I did substitute the queso blanco with cotija cheese, since I was lucky enough to find it. Definitely adding some grilled shrimp next time to make it a complete meal!

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our free starter guide

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

okay okay, I promise I'll be explaining soon why I'm feverishly testing all of these recipes and not (yet!) sharing the recipes. 😇 but I just had to share this photo because these little Carrot Dogs in Blankets 🥕 came out so well , my picky dad (he's a great man but has a very judgy/picky palate), ate one and said, "tastes like a hot dog!" 🌭 👏🏼⁣

would you try them?! 👇🏼⁣

#carrotdogs #carrothotdogs #toddlerfood #funfood #pigsinablanket #veganfood #vegetarianfood #partyfood

I have nothing prolific to say today (I’ve just been madly testing recipes for this project I’ll be announcing soon) except that today was the first day in my life that I actually enjoyed sliced tomatoes on a sandwich. 🍅 🍞⁣

I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes, except in something subtle like a pico de gallo or if they’re a tiny part of a meal, like a garnish. but today, I made this chickpea tuna salad melt with tomatoes and spinach and LOVED it. 👍🏼⁣

it got me thinking… I can’t be the only one. do you like raw tomatoes? 🤔

luca made a friend today! 👦🏼 🚴‍♂️⁣

one of the things that has made me sad during COVID has been that Luca hasn't spent much time with other kids his age. this summer, we had a little pod of a few kids, but slowly but surely, as the year went on, kids moved to the suburbs, enrolled in school (we didn't feel comfortable), and then as the temperature dropped, the rest of the kids stopped braving the cold and since we felt uncomfortable with indoor playdates, it was really just our little family hanging out. and Luca wasn't hanging out with anyone his age much. ⁣

I have so many thoughts on this. will this change his personality and social skills forever? will he be socially awkward? will he lose out on so many developmental milestones? will this affect his emotional awareness? the list goes on. I know it's only a year or so, but that's over 1/3 of his entire life!⁣

and now that we're in Florida, we just keep to ourselves at my parents' house and don't see any other kids. it's so nice to be together as a family, and I know so many families can't be together right now, so I'm so grateful for that. the other day, Luca saw a 7-year-old boy on a bike in my parents' neighborhood and he asked us if he could be his friend. I almost broke down in tears.⁣

so by chance, we were out on his bike this afternoon and sure enough, we saw the little boy again, riding his bike, with his mother. in that moment, I knew I had to make a move - so I called out to the mother and asked her, "I know this is going to sound weird, but my son would love to hang out with your son! I'd love to get your number so they can ride bikes together sometime!" I was so nervous, haha! ⁣

and just like that, Luca made a friend! they immediately started riding their bikes together (it was so cute I couldn't handle it!!!) and Roma even came a little bit later and literally slipped her hand into the little boy's hand, it was like she was starving for that connection. it was so adorable, and I'm so happy for Luca to have someone to safely play outside with and so I can shed some of this mama worry.⁣

as for these chocolate donuts, search the blog, they’re an oldie but a goodie! 🍩🍫