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Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad

March 13, 2016

A light and refreshing salad recipe for Spring or Summer, this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad will become a seasonal classic. Full of fibre, and veggies and ready in 10 minutes or less!

A light and refreshing salad recipe for Spring or Summer, this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad will become a seasonal classic. Full of fibre, and veggies and ready in 10 minutes or less!Before I ever began on this journey of blog writing, I was a dedicated blog reader. Before the days of Bloglovin, there was Google Reader (RIP…) and my Google Reader was packed to the brim with all kinds of blogs! From food, to fashion, to health, my days always started with the TODAY show and my daily blog reading ritual. Some people read the paper, I read blogs.

These days my schedule doesn’t allow for a whole lot of blog reading (I wish!) but I still keep a couple favorites that I check in on every now and then. Since the beginning of my blog reading days, one of these blogs has been The Healthy Apple. Amie is an OG blogger, who started blogging within the health sphere before everyone and their Mom had a blog.

I was always blown-away but Amie’s courage, strength and genuine desire to help people with their own health struggles. I couldn’t necessarily relate to every aspect of Amie’s journey, but her healthy recipes, expert knowledge and honesty always kept me coming back. She’s never once wavered in her values or her determination to help heal her body. You can read more about her health journey here.

A light and refreshing salad recipe for Spring or Summer, this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad will become a seasonal classic. Full of fibre, and veggies and ready in 10 minutes or less!I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but Amie and I connected over social media, and I transitioned from a blog fan-girl into a friend. Then last year when I was visiting NYC, we met up and not surprisingly she is just as spunky, knowledgable and approachable in person as she is on her blog.

Since then we’ve skyped and stayed up-to-date on email. It’s been tough to stay in touch amidst our busy schedules, but especially as Amie has been working on her incredible new cookbook, Eating Clean.

But of course when Amie reached out asking if I would like to see a copy of the book and share it with you guys, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only do I get to support a friend as she’s tackled an unbelievably time-intensive project, but also share a delicious recipe with you. I could never have anticipated that I’d get more than just healthy and flavorful recipes from Eating Clean!

A light and refreshing salad recipe for Spring or Summer, this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad will become a seasonal classic. Full of fibre, and veggies and ready in 10 minutes or less!Amie shares how’s she’s completely revamped her lifestyle to treat several illnesses including PCOS, Lyme disease and IGA deficiency, among others. But beyond just her tips and healthful recipes for illness treatment, she’s provided valuable information on illness prevention and simple tricks on balancing your hormones (a key to optimal health!), skin health and overall digestive function.

As someone who can geek out on the power of food to treat and prevent illness, Eating Clean was easily one of my favorite cookbook reads of 2016.

And then there’s the recipes…

They’re all delicious, nutritious, packed full of flavor and super simple! You won’t find gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, peanuts, or refined-sugar but you won’t notice. You’ll be prepping real, whole foods to support a sustainable lifestyle you can stick to for a lifetime.

Recipes like this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad that is ready in under 10 minutes is just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine healthy meals that don’t require you to slave away in the kitchen. Now come to terms with the fact that these recipes exist, along with research to support their effectiveness. That’s what you’ll get in Eating Clean. I hope you’ll take the time to pick up a copy (order here!) and support Amie in her goal to help us all live a little bit healthier. But in the meantime, make this salad. You won’t regret it!


Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 large zucchinis (or summer squash), spiralized or julienned
  • 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Spiralize the zucchinis into noodles*
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, toss to coat, and serve.


*I use the inspiralizer to spiralize my vegetables!


  • Serving Size: 2

A light and refreshing salad recipe for Spring or Summer, this Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad will become a seasonal classic. Full of fibre, and veggies and ready in 10 minutes or less!

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  • Reply
    March 13, 2016 at 11:39 am

    This sounds delicious! I love a good zoodle salad!

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    March 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    love the sounds of the spices in this little salad – would be so good with some grilled salmon, yum!! thank you for sharing

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    March 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This salad sounds perfect for spring. I haven’t heard of her blog so I will definitely check it out!

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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    March 14, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I know most people cook their zoodles, but I absolutely adore them raw – they have such a nice crunch and really are good with any flavor! So refreshing, especially as it warms up. I bet her cookbook is awesome!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      I’m really into eating them raw. I feel like they get so soggy when you cook them. Loving this salad for Spring!

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        June 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        Me too! Thanks for this recipe.

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    March 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

    i used to read a lot of blogs too…and i still do when i can but not necessarily comment ALL the time. One thing I have realized is that I like reading blogs with stories rather than recipes..alot of bloggers have changed their style of writing/personality and i guess our interest and passion changed with time so I don’t feel like reading/wasting time on things that are no longer interesting/valuable to me. Some of my regular includes yours, Alexis, Liz, Lindsay..gosh there are too many 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      I totally agree! I could read Hummusapien for dayzzzzz. I love a good recipe + story! But as always, people and things change!

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    March 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Life without Google reader is sad. Zoodle. Do the zoodle dance.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Google reader brings me back to the days when your posts weren’t marked as spam. Those were the days…

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    March 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    This zoodle salad sounds amazing. I have never been to her blog, excited to read all about it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Sam @ Barrister's Beet
    March 15, 2016 at 10:19 am

    This looks amazing and would go perfectly in the summer with some grilled chicken and other fun BBQ foods. Thanks for posting! Amazing pictures, as usual.

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    March 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing Davida. I’ll have to make this for my girlfriend. She’ll love it!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    March 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This weekend I bought a couple of zucchini planning on spiralizing them for a clean, fresh spring salad, well I’ll give this recipe a try, sounds like a fresh and juicy meal. And LOVE the approach of healing yourself through/with food! I didn’t know Amie’s blog, but I’ll check it out, thanks Davida! 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the recipe! Be sure to check out Amie’s blog. She’s the best!

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    March 22, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    This looks totally amazing and simple! I can’t wait to make it.

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    The Healthy Apple
    April 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I have tears in my eyes from reading this post! I am just getting around to reading this now and I cannot thank you ENOUGH for your amazing friendship, love, support and genuine girlfriend power! You are so amazing and I honestly wish we lived closer. I’m so happy you came into my life and I’m beyond delighted for you with all you are doing! You amaze me and I’m so blown away by your kind words and beautiful post about my book here. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so incredible.
    I’m sending you so much love and the biggest hug, Maven.
    Looking forward to hugging your beautiful self very soon, I hope.
    Thank you again.
    Lots of love and light to you from NYC.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Of course, my dear! I’m so incredibly proud of you and the amazing work you produced. So blessed to have you in my life!

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    Lauren Deegan
    April 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Frankly, I need more zucchini recipes like this to get me through the week.

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    May 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    This looks so delicious and I LOVE my Inspiralizer and finding new recipes for it. What would you recommend in place of the mint? I just don’t care for fresh mint.

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    Elizabeth Cush, LCPC
    July 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    This was zesty and delicious! A great summer salad when you have lots of squash on hand from the garden. I added a little fresh corn cut from the cob.

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