Raw Zucchini Roll Ups with Presto Pesto


These flavorful, easy, healthy zucchini roll ups were a news feature here on Go Dairy Free several years back. Today seemed like the perfect time to share this wonderful raw appetizer again, this time giving it a permanent home in our recipe section.

Raw Zucchini Roll Ups with Presto Pesto (dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan recipe)

These zucchini roll-ups are a special sampling that was shared with us from the cookbook, The Raw Truth: Recipes and Resources for the Living Foods Lifestyle by Jeremy Safron. The recipe is a nice representation of the ease and simplicity you will find within Safron’s highly nutritious collection. You can also read my review of his book, and enjoy a second taste from it with this Mixed Melon Ball Salad.

Summer is certainly the perfect time to enjoy raw food recipes. They require absolutely no heat (well, some of the recipes do require a food dehydrator!), and take advantage of fresh, seasonal produce. And these zucchini roll ups are so quick to throw together. But note that you do need to soak the zucchini ahead of time to soften it. If you aren’t a strict raw foodist, and didn’t plan in advance, you can steam the strips for just a couple of minutes to make them more pliable.

These pesto zucchini roll ups are great for a snack, lunch, or even entertaining!

Raw Zucchini Roll Ups with Presto Pesto (dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan recipe)

Special Diet Notes: Raw Zucchini Roll Ups

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For soy-free zucchini roll ups, swap in a soy-free miso. Brands such as Organicville and South River (not gluten-free) have good options, even though they are not red miso specifically.

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Raw Zucchini Roll Ups with Presto Pesto
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Please note that the Prep time does not include the soaking time (2 hours) for the zucchini.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 3 large zucchini, peeled
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Presto Pesto:
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh green and purple basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 heaping tablespoon red miso
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed or cut into thin wedges
  • Chopped green and purple basil, for garnish
  1. Using a vegetable peeler or mandolin, cut thin, wide strips lengthwise down the zucchini. Place the zucchini strips in a bowl, cover with water, add the sea salt and lemon juice, and soak for 2 hours, or until they taste clean (not starchy). Drain, rinse, and drain again.
  2. To prepare the pesto, place the walnuts, basil leaves, and garlic in a homogenizer juicer or food processor and homogenize, creating an oily paste. Transfer the paste to a bowl and stir in the miso.
  3. To prepare each wrap, lay a zucchini strip flat on your work surface. Drop a teaspoon of pesto in the center of the zucchini strip. Press a small piece of tomato into the pesto. Fold or roll up the zucchini strip. Secure the wrap by piercing it with a toothpick or place it, seam side down, on a serving plate. Serve garnished with the chopped basil.
This recipe is reprinted with permission from The Raw Truth, Second Edition: Recipes and Resources for the Living Foods Lifestyle. Copyright © 2011 by Jeremy A. Safron, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Eniko Perhacs.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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