For as long as I can remember, my family has spent our summers in the Hamptons. In fact, this tradition far predates me. My parents met in a summer share house in the East Hampton Springs many years ago. As a child, I have memories of packing up our car and trading in the steamy streets of Manhattan for the unique Hampton mix of beach and farmland. My Hamptons is much less about the social scene and much more about long, casual dinners with friends, trips to the beach with my husband and dog at sunset, and infinite visits to farm stands peddling delicious local produce. Nothing feels more like summer than zucchini, tomatoes, and basil bought by the side of the road.
This zucchini pasta dish is perfect for an alfresco dinner on a warm summer night. The sauce is so creamy, it's hard to believe it doesn't contain even a drop of dairy. Summer squash is an incredibly light and refreshing substitute for traditional pasta that won’t leave you feeling heavy and tired after eating it.
Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Basil Sauce
FOR THE PASTA
2 medium zuchinni
1 cup cherry, grape or baby heirloom tomatoes halved
FOR THE SAUCE
½ cup basil
2 cloves garlic sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, optional*
¼ cup water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
*Nutritional yeast can be found in most health food stores.
1. Using a julienne or vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini into “noodles” and set aside.
2. In a Vitamix or high-speed blender combine basil and lemon juice until basil is thoroughly ground.
3. Add the avocado, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, water, and sea salt and blend until smooth and creamy.
4. Toss the zucchini noodles with the sauce until thoroughly coated.
5. Top with sliced cherry tomatoes and a few basil leaves and serve immediately.
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