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Creamy Green on Green Pasta (aka Raw Kelp Noodles and Broccoli with a Creamy Lemon-Basil Whipped Avocado Sauce)

Posted in Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) by janet @ the taste space on June 28, 2012

I am really enjoying my simplistic meals these days.

First decide on a sauce or dressing. Pick your favourite veggies. Decide on a base – bean or grain.

Here, I went raw for Raw Thursdays. I picked a lusciously creamy lemon and basil dressing. How does it become so creamy? Hidden inside is a whipped avocado. Adding warm water also adds a lightness without added fats.

My veggie of choice: chopped broccoli.

My base: kelp noodles.

Rob tasted this after I had cleaned up the kitchen. I was surprised he picked up on the avocado right away since I found the lemon, basil and garlic more pronounced while the avocado was there to deliver the lusciousness.  I quizzed him- How was he so smart? He noticed the sauce was green and assumed it was from the avocados in the fridge. I protested and blamed the green on the pureed basil. In any case, he was right. He must be more in tune with his avocado sensors than me. ;)

Regardless, while I usually shun creamy dressings, this was both creamy and light at the same time. Perfect in every way.  Just be careful not to eat the entire dish in one sitting! Leftover (chilled) dressing was also great in…. wait for it…. a wrap!! (also filled with carrot, cabbage, cucumber and sprouts!)

I can’t wait to try out more avocado dressings. Do you have a favourite?

This is my submission to Presto Pasta Nights, hosted by Girlichef, to this week’s Raw Food Thursdays, and Ruth and to this week’s Weekend Wellness.

Creamy Green on Green Pasta (aka Raw Kelp Noodles and Broccoli with a Creamy Lemon-Basil Whipped Avocado Sauce)
Adapted from Angela, via Joanne

16 oz kelp noodles, rinsed and drained (or your favourite noodle, cooked)
2 cups chopped broccoli (1 head) (keep raw for a raw recipe)
1 medium sized, ripe avocado, pitted (~1/2 cup)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (1/2 a lemon) (I used a Meyer lemon)
zest from 1 lemon, reserving some for garnish
3 garlic cloves, or to taste (start with 1-2 if you are not a garlic fiend like me)
1/2 tsp kosher salt, with more added to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. If cooking your noodles, start now. If not, bring an inch of water to a boil and steam broccoli for 3 minutes until cooked slightly and turns a bright green. Do not overcook. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta or boiling water.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic, lemon juice and zest in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Add in the avocado, basil, and salt.  Process until smooth and creamy. Slowly drizzle in the reserved water and process until creamy and fluffy.

3. In a large bowl, toss together the noodles and cooked broccoli. Pour sauce over pasta and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved lemon zest.

Serves 1-2.

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  1. Ali Seiter said, on June 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Wow, does that look like a creamy mash of utter deliciousness! The first time I tried kelp noodles, I found myself less than thrilled, but these ones are looking mighty fine. Besides, who can go wrong with an avocado sauce?

  2. sprint2thetable said, on June 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    I love all things avocado. I even put it in my shakes! :)

    This looks like a perfect summer salad – I’m always looking for new uses for my kelp noodles, too.

  3. thefoodery said, on June 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Oh, this is a great alternative to the dairy cream sauces! I gotta try this but first need some kelp noodles.

  4. Eileen said, on June 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    This does sound perfect for summer–super green, fast, & easy! I don’t think I’ve ever had kelp noodles, so they’ll definitely go on my list of new foods to try. :)

  5. Ruth said, on June 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I definitely need to find some kelp pasta – sounds so intriguing. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  6. Ellen Lederman said, on June 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    This sounds great—a combo of raw and cooked…best of both worlds. I do think I prefer broccoli lightly steamed/wokked even though I like a lot of raw food. The foodie in me may win over the raw foodist.

  7. girlichef said, on June 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I love the sound of that creamy sauce, as well…of course anything with avocado and I’m in! Plus, I’m intrigued by kelp noodles! Your dish sounds delicious.

  8. Joanne said, on June 28, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    That avocado sauce of Angela’s is seriously one of my most favorite things ever! I love the idea of using it as a salad dressing!

  9. Jade C said, on July 7, 2012 at 6:05 AM

    I really want to try kelp noodles!! Does anyone know where I might find them in the UK?? Or if not, the best site to find them on, please??
    Jade C.

  10. JadeSparX said, on October 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    So, I made these and loved the recipe :) ((I ended up using iHerb, which was veeeery expensive, but I did get a lot more ;) ..just, can’t afford that now, haha. Anyways, whenever I find some more, I will definitely get some :). For now though, methinks I will use this recipe again, but with courgette ((zucchini)) nodles, instead!!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on October 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Awesome! Thanks for the feedback! Kelp noodles are definitely a treat because they are pricy.. zucchini noodles are a great ideas! :-)

  11. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said, on October 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Wow! I think I could even fool my husband into liking broccoli with such a delicious dressing! Thanks for sharing it at Raw Foods Thursdays!

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