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Zucchini Ribbons with Raw Tomato Marinara

The Good News Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, an essential mineral. Here, Ani Phyo pairs it with a vitamin-rich marinara, a superversatile recipe: "I can use it every way one would use a cooked tomato sauce."


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, diced

  • 2 dry-packed or oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves

  • 1/2 cup basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 soft Medjool date, pitted and minced

  • 1 small garlic clove

  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon coarsley chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 medium zucchini (1 3/4 pounds)


  1. In a blender, combine the fresh tomatoes with the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, date, garlic, thyme and parsley and puree until smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  2. Using a mandoline, cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices, then cut the slices lengthwise into 1/8-inch strips resembling spaghetti. Transfer the zucchini noodles to a bowl. Add the marinara sauce, toss to coat and serve immediately.

Make Ahead

The marinara can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.


One Serving 209 cal, 15 gm fat, 2.1 gm sat fat, 19 gm carb, 4.7 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Frances Janisch Published June 2008

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