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Creamy Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce

Adapted from The Simple Veganista

Creamy Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce ~ super simple sauce that tastes like summer! from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

A fresh, quick, no-cook lemony sauce for pasta that tastes like summer. So welcome in the midst of the cold, gray winter when my spirits and the outdoor temperatures are low and I start to wonder what summer looks like. I swear, every year, I trudge on through life, but when February and March come around, I almost start to think “were all those flowers and greens just a dream?” … “was there ever anything other than white and dirt and ice and clouds?”

This sauce reminds me that YES, they DO exist! Summer is REAL! I wasn’t dreaming … this sauce reminds me of fresh cucumbers and cilantro from my mom’s garden, picking fresh lemons right from the tree (back when we had a lemon tree) and picking up fresh avocados from underneath my friend’s avocado tree. Even though they aren’t fresh this time of year (and I no longer have easy access to fresh lemons and avocados), cucumbers and avocados are readily available and affordable and yes, they even taste pretty good. There are even some little tomatoes that actually taste almost like fresh-picked cherry tomatoes from the garden.

You can serve this sauce on any pasta you like … perhaps some “vegie noodles” (zucchini or other vegies shaped into noodle shapes) like Veganista makes … or traditional pasta (I used some healthier angel hair pasta) … and oh, yes, did I mention? This uber simple pasta sauce also makes for a really lovely, healthy dip for vegies or chips.

Health benefits: This sauce has only “the good fats” from the avocado that lower your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy, plus the awesome immune boosting antioxidants from the lemon and garlic. Cucumber adds water (so vital to life!), potassium, magnesium and fiber, as well as vitamins A, B1, B6, C & D, folate and calcium.

Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 9-oz. cucumber, peeled
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • a few fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • 1/3 cup or so of fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley, if you prefer)
  • Salt & fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Pasta of your choice (I used angel hair)
  • For the top: fresh sweet cherry or grape tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles, toasted pinons (pine nuts), fresh cilantro and/or basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a handi chopper or food processor, blend together the cucumber, avocados, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and herbs. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Take it easy on the salt if you're adding salty feta on top.)
  3. Drain the water from the pasta and toss it with as much sauce as you feel is needed. (Save the rest for a dip or another use.) Top with halved cherry tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles, toasted pinons and garnish with fresh cilantro and/or basil. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Creamy Cucumber Avocado Pasta Sauce ~ super simple sauce that tastes like summer! from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

This recipe was shared at Treasure Box TuesdaysTuesday’s TableCast Party WednesdayWine’d Down WednesdayThursday Favorite Things, Full Plate ThursdayFoodie Friends Friday Noodles PartyReal Food Fridays, Foodie FridayMoonlight & Mason Jars and The Hearth & Soul Bloghop.

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15 Responses

  1. Wow does this look good and easy. Thank you for all the great recipes.

    February 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

    • Ann

      You’re welcome Betty! It makes me so happy that you like them 🙂

      February 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  2. This looks to die for! I’m so glad I stumbled upon it, definitely printing out recipe to make for dinner. I’d love for to you share at our link party!

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/02/link-it-or-lump-it-party-no-24.html

    February 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  3. Salads are such a wonderful idea for a health satisfying meal. This sounds absolutely fabulous. Will share.

    February 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Marla!

      February 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  4. I love this recipe, so unique! Adore the addition of the cucumber, I bet the flavors are amazing 🙂

    February 10, 2014 at 11:14 am

    • Ann

      They are so summery tasting … Thanks Audra!

      February 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  5. Hi Ann, This dish says “sunshine and happiness” – it looks so delicious and it’s Easy! & healthy too. Thanks so much for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday Noodles and Pasta party this week. I’ll be sharing on my FB page Sunday and pinning as well.

    Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
    Joanne

    March 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much, Joanne!

      March 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  6. G’day! GREAT photo and GREAT recipe!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Nothing but Noodles Pasta party!
    Cheers! Joanne

    March 2, 2014 at 4:26 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Joanne! You’re so sweet 🙂

      March 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

  7. Thanks for sharing with us Ann! Your recipe was #2 with the most clicks and will be featured today on Daily Dish Magazine! Love having you join Foodie Friends Friday!

    March 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

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  9. I’ve never tried using avocado for pasta yet! looks like ill give it a try! thanks for sharing!

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    November 4, 2014 at 2:34 am

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