Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint

Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint

Whenever I make a simple recipe that’s extremely flavorful and diverse in flavor and texture, I’m always wowed.

I don’t think I’ve quite learned that just some fresh herbs, olive oil and salt and pepper can make a huge impact. Every time, I’m like, “Why didn’t I do that?!”

Case in point: today’s recipe, from Amie Valpone’s new cookbook “Eating Clean.”

Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint

This recipe is one of those veggie noodle dishes that you’ll make and go, “Wow! Spiralizing is truly amazing.” The simple use of yellow summer squash with fresh herbs (mint and basil), a dash of cumin, olive oil, lemon juice and a couple other seasonings is powerful.

With veggie noodles that taste just like pasta, just fresher, lighter, and more beautiful, who needs pasta? ;-)

I’m really loving this recipe from my friend Amie. If you don’t know her, check out her gluten-free blog The Healthy Apple, which not only offers healthy recipes, but also, a forum for those who have struggled with autoimmune issues and have turned to the ultimate medicine: food.

Her story is incredible, she absolutely healed her body (despite the discouragement from her doctor’s) through food. This book even has a foreword by Mark Hyman, the famed physician and scholar who sheds a lot of light on healthy eating.

Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint

I’m happy to support a fellow food blogger, friend, and woman today on the blog! I really recommend her book, especially if you have experienced bodily issues related to things like inflammation. She sheds a lot of light on it all and her recipes are easy and approachable!

If you’re just looking for a great pasta dish or a fun summery side dish for potlucks, this noodle dish is perfect! It’s colorful, tasty, and comes together quickly – it even saves well in the refrigerator! And, you can definitely substitute green squash in there, if that’s all you have.

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 4 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.


Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint

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  • 3 large yellow summer squash, cut into thin strands with a vegetable peeler or spiral slicer (spiralizer) or julienned
  • 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1?2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1?4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, toss to coat, and serve.

Spiralized Yellow Squash with Basil and Mint


  1. Best way to detox is to get enough sleep and drink enough water.
  2. I drink lots of water and eat tons of veggies
  3. I detox by drinking water and green tea!
  4. drinking more water (and green smoothies)
  5. I tend to juice more greens when I need to detox and drink lots of bone broth, yum! I will also take milk thistle supplements to help detox the liver. Can't wait to check out Amie's book! Thanks for all you share!
  6. I usually do a Whole30 to detox. I'm actually going to start one again in April!
  7. This looks perfect for my daughter that has a lot of stomach problems. She is on a very restricted diet.
  8. I always marvel at the power of simple recipes yet almost always forget to make them! I just keep adding stuff, which is yummy but sometimes simple is just so REFRESHING. Thanks for sharing Ali! PS I detox by drinking tons of water and going totally unprocessed vegan for 3 days, it always does the trick. Although sometimes I go back to the butter too hard after... :-/
  9. Yellow squash is my favorite! I recently came off a very low carb diet and noticed that introducing complex carbs back into my body isn't settling well with my belly. I'd love to read more about this! Thanks!
  10. Best way to "detox " is by cutting out processed food and refined sugars! :) eat real, whole food!
  11. Green smoothies and lots of tea!
  12. I don't really detox, but I am trying to eat in a healthier way each day. Drink plenty of water (that and herbal tea), and eat more vegetables. I have felt so much better since I have made my lifestyle more plant-based. And I wish I had read this recipe before I went to the market. I want to try this! Sounds delicious!
  13. Just recently started to be more minded to healthier eating... learning to eat more fresh whole/raw food, more veggies and lots of water!
  14. Sarah Jane Jennings :
    I can't wait to make this recipe!
  15. Detoxing has been done through IV treatments & dietary changes...mild exercise. I've been working with an integrative physician for years to reach underlying causes of Malabsorption/leaky gut, Hashimoto's thyroid, tick-borne Lyme w/multiple systemic issues, heavy metal removal, gluten intolerance etc. I avoid gluten which has made a huge difference, as has limiting dairy & following SCDiet with extra intake of bone broths with many green non-starchy vegetables, herbal teas & much filtered water. The book appears to be a helpful guide that would organize efforts better than current state. How wonderful something good has been fruit of Amie's struggling...hope to receive copy as prize. I've just received an Inspiralizer & will try this recipe after finishing this...it looks healthy & as if it would be soothing to digestion,
    • While gluten-free is a good start, read the "Wheat Belly" books by William Davis explains why that is just the start. There's a LOT of new research over the last 10 years about sugars and the resulting glycation of blood cells and how that is attributed to the whole wheat product and not just the gluten factor leading to leaky gut and the concomitant litany of auto-immune responses thereto. Glad you're getting on the mend. I did it almost 3 years ago. I've been spiralizing with increased intensity for 3 years but started 20 years ago. Now if a veggie is in my kitchen, it's in for a good spiralizing!
    • I have had the spiralizer for a year. I too have had problems with my thyroid. I have fluctuated from hypo to hyper to normal, heart palpitations, insomnia, constipation, ACNE since my early 30's. I'm 36 now. You name it and i had it. I changed my diet and Ali's cookbook has great recipes and I love this spiralizer, it's one of my favorites. But I also started plexus and it's like the change is tremendous! I'm thin and I don't want to disappear so I still eat my carbs like potatoes, rice. I'm trying to stay away from gluten but I must confess I still eat it occasionally. I was actually havin a problem with not building muscle and being skinny fat. Plexus changed that, ialways had a good diet just need that extra boost. Stress has caused my body tk more than anything, and yes i still have stress. Thanks Ali for great recipes and plexus for giving me my life back. If anyone wants to hear my journey or ask me questions feel free to email me.
  16. Can we make this with green squash too? Or would it be too green and not taste as good. Vellow squash is a very pretty dish. :)
  17. Thank you so much Ali! I am honestly so grateful for your support and for promoting my new book. This means so much to me. I'm sending you the biggest hug and so much love! Thank you again for sharing this recipe from my book. xox
  18. Please let me know if you're looking for a writer for your site. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested. Thank you!


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