Southwestern Zucchini Noodle Bowls

By Maria Lichty

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Southwestern Zucchini Noodle Bowls- Zoodles with black beans, charred corn, tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro vinaigrette. You will love this light and refreshing zucchini noodle recipe! Perfect for a light lunch or dinner!

Southwestern Zucchini Noodles in a bowl

My love for zucchini is still going strong, but we are taking a break from zucchini bread and chocolate zucchini cake to enjoy a savory zucchini recipe today. You guys are going to LOVE these Southwestern Zucchini Noodle Bowls.

The bowls are light, refreshing, and full of flavor. I have been making these zucchini noodle bowls for the past week and I am in love. I think this is my new favorite savory zucchini recipe. Add this recipe to the top of your list now. You should probably make it for lunch today. Why wait?

Southwestern Zucchini Noodle Bowls recipe

How to Make Zucchini Noodles

If you are a regular reader, you know I am a HUGE fan of zucchini noodles or zoodles. If you haven’t gotten on board with the zucchini noodle trend, you need to. I have a feeling you will become a fan too, especially if you make this recipe first.

Let’s talk about how to make zucchini noodles, it isn’t hard, especially when you have an vegetable spiralizer. This is my favorite way to make zucchini noodles. This kitchen gadget makes it SO easy! I highly recommend getting one. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and we use it all of the time to make zucchini noodles, cucumber noodles, sweet potato noodles, carrot noodles, etc. The options are endless! And pro parent tip, kids tend to eat vegetables better when they are in fun spiral shapes, at least our boys do:)

If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles. Apply light pressure with a vegetable peeler along the sides of the zucchini. You can also use a mandoline. KitchenAid also makes a stand mixer attachment that makes zoodles.

Most grocery stores also sell zucchini noodles now, so if you want to save time, you can always buy them already made.

Zucchini Noodle Bowls, Perfect for Meal Prep

Once you have your zucchini noodles, it is bowl time! I love making bowls because you can pack so many fun ingredients and flavors into one bowl. My favorite way to eat! I love these zucchini noodle bowls because they have:

  • You don’t have to cook the zucchini noodles, just add them to the bowl and top with all of the tasty ingredients. I like to char the corn to give it extra flavor, but you can use raw corn, right off the cob, it is good raw. If you can’t find good, fresh corn, you can use frozen corn.
  • The cilantro lime vinaigrette adds a ton of flavor. You can keep the vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This is a great meal prep recipe, you can have all of the ingredients in the fridge and make the bowls throughout the week. I love eating them for lunch or dinner. So easy and so healthy! The PERFECT summer meal!
  • Feel free to add grilled chicken or steak to the bowls if you want to bulk them up!
  • You can also add salsa if you wish: blender salsa, mango salsa, peach salsa, or pineapple salsa!

You definitely need to make this healthy zucchini recipe, the perfect way to use up the garden zucchini!

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Southwestern Zucchini Noodle Bowls

This easy and healthy zucchini recipe is perfect for summertime and a great meal prep recipe. Prep all of the ingredients and keep them in the fridge so you can make the zucchini noodle bowls all week!
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For the bowls:


  • To char the corn:
    Heat a griddle pan or grill to high medium-high heat. Rub the corn with olive oil and chargrill for 7-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender. Remove and let cool. Use a sharp knife to remove the corn kernels.
  • To assemble the zucchini noodle bowls:
    Add the zucchini noodles to a large bowl or individual bowls. Top with charred corn, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, avocado slices, queso fresco. Drizzle with cilantro lime vinaigrette and toss. Garnish with cilantro and serve.


If you don’t want to char the corn, you can cut the corn off the cob and eat it raw. If you can’t find good fresh corn, you can use defrosted frozen corn.


Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 6g
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I usually eat zucchini noodles with Italian flavors…such a creative Mexican twist! YUM 🙂

    1. I don’t, but if you want to you can quickly sauté them in a little olive oil or avocado oil, just don’t over cook them because they will get mushy.

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a nice change-up from all of the zucchini baked goods I’ve been baking with my garden zucchini. It’s a perfect meal for a summer evening. The dressing adds the perfect amount of flavor, yet still keeps the meal light and fresh. I’ll be making this at least once a week to use up my zucchini – and I’m certain I will be making the dressing long after that.

  3. 5 stars
    Let me tell you…I just made this tonight. Oh my goodness…SOO DELICIOUS! I am very new to plant based eating. I never really ate veggies my whole life but wanted to make a change. I was a bit squeamish at first, but all I can say is WOW! So flavorful! I just used 1 zucchini and some of the sauce and the other toppings that you mentioned and it was perfect! Thanks so much for this recipe. I will be having more very soon. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! We go through a lot of veggies on our house and this dish was the perfect thing to use up a bunch of the leftover veggies from previous meals. This was the perfect addition to a juicy steak dinner!

  5. This is one of our very favorite dishes. The flavors burst! We also add grilled chicken and I slightly sauté the zoodles, then squeeze them dry. We didn’t even need to add the cheese sauce. Absolutely delicious!