Lately, I’ve been using seasonal ingredients and transforming them into different dishes in prep for my cooking class this fall. 🙂 This dish takes 30 minutes to come together and it ‘s supperrrr fresh and delicious. I actually prefer zucchini noodles to regular wheat pasta in this dish! You can totally tailor this recipe to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, simply by the following the below steps:

To make this vegetarian: omit the salmon.
To make this vegan: omit the butter, and cheese (in the pesto too).

What you’ll need:

  • Zucchini noodles
  • Diced onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Multi-colored cherry tomatoes
    • Red ones are fine, but the multi-colored ones are so beautiful
  • Spinach
  • Basil pesto
    • Sometimes I make my own, this time I bought some pre-made basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon
  • Salmon
  • Seasoning:
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Red Pepper flakes
  • Olive oil
  • Butter


Cooking with Sydney Mise En Place

What you’ll do:

Zucchini Noodles – 

  1. Sauté onions in about a tablespoon of butter and olive oil until they become translucent, then and minced garlic and stir to avoid burning until it becomes fragrant
    1. Note: Omit the butter to make this dish vegan
  2. Add the tomatoes into the onion, and minced-garlic mixture and let them sit for a couple of minutes until they start to blister, then season with salt and pepper
  3. Roughly chop the zucchini noodles to break them up a bit and add them into the pan with the tomato, onion, and garlic mixture
  4. Toss the zucchini noodles with basil pesto until the zucchini noodles and pesto warm up
  5. Toss in the spinach at the very end so it does not wilt and still has that crunch
  6. Finish with red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, and a squeeze of lemon
  7. Taste, and enjoy!

Pesto Salmon –
Omit this to make this dish vegetarian

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Spray baking dish with cooking spray – I use canola oil spray
  3. Place the salmon in the baking dish
    • Cover salmon with olive oil
  4. Roast for 12-15 minutes
  5. After the salmon has cooked spoon some of the pesto on over the fish and serve. 🙂