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Serves: 4 | Prep/cook: 20min


2 – 4 medium sized zucchinis, ends trimmed

A few big handfuls of Thai basil (or whatever herb you please!)

½ cup raw macadamia nuts (or whatever nut you please!)

1 tablespoon fresh lemongrass, finely diced (optional)

½ long red chilli, deseeded, diced (optional)

1 fresh kaffir lime leaf, finely sliced

¼ cup softened coconut oil

1 teaspoon diced garlic

1 lime, juice only (or lemon!)

A few cups of in season small tomatoes, chopped in half


To make the zucchini noodles use a mandolin with a julienne attachment and slice into 5mm thick noodles or cut the noodles yourself, or just grate the zucchini or use a peeler and make ribbon strips – it will all taste the same!

To make the herb pesto, place herbs, nuts, lemongrass, chilli, kaffir lime leaf, coconut oil, garlic and lime juice in a blender and blitz until a rough paste is formed. Alternatively you could smash up roughly in a mortar and pestle. Taste and season with salt flakes.

When you are ready to serve, throw the zucchini and pesto together in a bowl and mix well, add in your tomatoes, and I like to garnish with extra herbs and nuts. Enjoy!

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