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Can you feel the spring vibes or what??

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

Funny thing is, my food these days totally looks like spring, but my environment is still looking like winter. I could complain for days about it, BUT I am choosing to be super positive, and just be like, “ahh, whateves”. I mean, we can all pretend right??

This is one of those recipes I have been thinking about for a while now. Well, not that long, but for about a month now I have been dreaming of making a fresh green pasta with zucchini noodles and heavy, heavy Greek flavors. I just needed to wait until the right time, and well, I have decided that waiting is zero fun and it’s time to share!

I actually made and photographed this a couple of weeks ago, but I have made it three times now since. It’s seriously that good… and that easy!

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest  Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

Alright and as you can tell, I am really just craving spring…

So much so that it completely annoys me when my mother says she is excited about all the snow we are having this week. Like is she crazy?? YES. She is that person that is so into the snow and I just do not get it. I mean, I get it at Christmas time, but not in mid March when things should be thawing out and buds should be popping up and outta the ground. You know?

Breathe Tieghan… ok, again, thinking positive thoughts. It really is my new thing. I’m really not the most positive person in the world. I can also be pretty hard on myself, so my goal these days is to just try to stay happy!! Fake it till you make it…?

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest  Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

But this Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta!! Let’s chat about it.

Chatting about pasta always makes me super happy… even when it’s dumping snow in March, and especially when it’s pretty and colorful! ☺️

This is actually a mix of REAL pasta and zucchini “pasta”. I’ve said this before, but I am just not the kind of person that can eat a bowl of zucchini “pasta” and be left with a happy tummy. Nope, I need carbs. Carbs are my friends. They give me energy and make me feel all happy and full inside…gesshh a lot of happiness going on in today’s post. It’s the bowls of pasta…happy vibes are hard to resist when bowls of pasta (with fried halloumi cheese) are involved.

Anyway, this pasta is the perfect dish to enter us into spring. It’s simple, quick and loaded with things like avocado basil pesto (THE BEST), zucchini, fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes, fried cheese (EVERYTHING) and toasted nuts + seeds. You can easily adapt it to be vegan or bump up the protein and add grilled chicken or roasted chickpeas.

Can we talk about few key factors to this recipe though??

…first, the avocado basil pesto. Um, this may just be my new favorite sauce/dip/spread for toast, crackers, pasta and everything in between. It’s kind of amazing. I used a combo of basil + mint + pistachios, but the thing that really makes this pesto is the avocado. It gives the pasta a creamy texture without adding any cream. You’d think that the pesto would turn brown after a while because of the avocado, but the acid from the lemon keeps it bright and green. Granted my pasta has yet to last longer than twenty-four hours in my kitchen, but I think leftovers should be good for a couple days…pretty sure it won’t last that long in your kitchen either though.

…second, the fried halloumi cheese. Legit, this is the best thing ever. Fried cheese is always, always a good idea.? truth.

…third, the crunchy seeds + nuts. I have been doing this with a lot of dishes lately, but it’s just so good. Cook your favorite nuts + seeds in a skillet with a little olive oil + a pinch of salt and then sprinkle them atop everything. SO GOOD.

…fourth, this pasta is literally so easy to make. Add all the pesto ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. Toss the pesto with hot pasta, fry your cheese. EAT.

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

OK and lastly, not only is this super springy, but… its GREEN food! Meaning, it’s kind of perfect for this week, seeing as tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!! Is anyone doing anything fun? Are you making Corned Beef? Going to a parade? Starting your weekend a day early with one too many Irish Coffees?

Totally thinking a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast (once a year, gotta have my Lucky Charms…but minus the marshmallows cause I weirdly was never into them), green pasta for lunch (duh) and then dinner is kind of undecided, but it’s between these Corned Beef Tacos, this Irishman’s Mac and Cheese and tomorrow’s recipe…be excited its cheesy!


Mini Chocolate Stout Brownie Sundae Floats with Irish Caramel + Hot Fudge. Obviously.

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 441 kcal

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  • 1/2 pound spaghetti or use gluten free if needed OR more zucchini "noodles"
  • 2-3 zucchini spiralized using a veggie spiralizer*
  • 1/4 cup tahini sesame seed paste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 of an avocado or 1 small avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pistachios
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1 jalapeno seeded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan or 1/4 cup nutritional yeast if vegan
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces halloumi cheese sliced (omit if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios + sesame seeds


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Just before draining, reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add to a bowl with the spiralized zucchini.
  • In a food processor or high powered blender, combine the tahini, garlic, avocado, lemon juice, pistachios, basil, mint, jalapeno and olive oil. Blend until you have a pesto like sauce, adding more olive oil if needed to thin. Add the parmesan and season with salt + pepper.
  • Pour the avocado pesto sauce over the hot pasta + zucchini. Toss well to combine, thin the sauce with pasta cooking water if needed.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Once hot, add the Halloumi slices and cook for 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Divide the warm pasta among bowls or plates. Top with the halloumi cheese, tomatoes and seeds. EAT!


*If you do not have a spiralizer just thinly slice the zucchini into matchsticks.

 Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

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Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta with Fried Halloumi | @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    We thought this was spectacular. Omitted the cheese, thanks to my allergy, and the dish stood on it’s own. Thank you 😊

  2. 4 stars
    This was very good! An excellent use of my abundant zucchini crop and a meatless dish. Definitely don’t skip the Halloumi as it adds the right about of salt to each bite.

  3. 5 stars
    So fresh and delicious! Just made this with squid ink spaghetti pasta (La Molisina) and Talagani (Greek cheese with similar taste to Halloumi but less chewy)…It was gone in minutes! I always enjoy preparing your recipes. They come with very clear instructions, are always a success and leave everyone feeling so pleased with deliciousness!

    You come up with such great ideas dear Tiegan! You are brilliant! I am grateful for you sharing these with us! Thank you!

    1. What?! That sounds amazing! So glad you loved this recipe and made it your own!! Thank you so much Konstantja! xTieghan

      1. This was INSANELY GOOD! One thing to note, you forgot to add the tomatoes into the recipe, and the Parmesan is listed as an ingredient but not mentioned in the instructions, so I forgot to add the parm. It was still delicious without it though!

        1. Hey Natalie,
          Awesome! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! I mention to top with tomatoes, I do not include them in the recipe as they are just a suggestion, not totally needed. The parmesan is listed in step 2. xxTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a terrible cook and fail at most things, but I just made this and it was insanely amazing!! I added grilled asparagus and cherry tomatoes, yum yum yum! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Tieghan I am in LOVE with your blog! your 20 minute better than takeout noodles, the pumpkin laksa and this recipe are my go to recipes when I want a quick but delicious meal. I also made your strawberry cobbler recipe yesterday which turned out great! I had a quick question about this recipe – I don’t like the thought of the raw zoodles how would you recommend cooking them and for how long? thanks again!

    1. HI!! I totally get not liking raw zucchini, but the hot pasta actually cooks the noodles and warms them throughout. That said, if you wanted to cook them a bit more, add the noodles to the pasta cooking water about 1 minute before draining off the pasta. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. This is one of my favorite halloumi recipes. One thing I always add is fresh corn – the sweetness is great with the saltiness of the cheese.

    1. Thank you! Yes, the pesto can be made ahead of time. Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love the pizza!

  7. Hey girl! I’m featuring your recipe in a healthy comfort foods compilation post! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I’m going to try it tonight 🙂

  8. I made this for Mother’ Day lunch and then did grilled pizza for dinner. We are all rolling with full stomachs even this morning but I had tell you how spectacular this was. My nephew can’t have gluten so I made it with Barilla gluten free spaghetti and it was so yummy. My husband looked at me funny when I told him we don’t cook the zoodles but just mixed them together. He became a believer after tasting it. Used pignoli instead of pistachios since that’s what I had on hand and everyone loved the YUMMY creamy flavor and the different chewy, crunchy textures of the dish. It was so quick to make to boot! Doubled it for 5 people and I have very little leftover. Way to go TIeghan! Thanks for another wonderful meal that’s getting filed away in my favorites recipe box.

    1. This is so amazing! I am so thrilled your day went great and everyone loved this pasta! Thank you so much Rose!

  9. Made the sauce for roasted veggie sandwiches. OMG. The flavors, the texture, absolutely delicious!!!! Will make this again and again, as usual, with all of your recipes.
    I omitted the nutritional yeast and jalapeño.

  10. This was absolutely delicious! Used veggie linguini with the zucchini noodles and the mix of textures was spot on. I would have never thought of mixing pasta with zucchini noodles, but I’m a big fan. The sauce was to die for and anything with halloumi is a must try for me! Thanks again for another great dish!

  11. Awesomely rich weeknight dinner – and the fried halloumi put it over the top! We are definitely going to save this recipe! It will be perfect to make again with fresh summer basil.

  12. Made this tonight for 6 year old, 3 year old, husband and me. Everyone loved it! (Spiralized noodles topped with crunchy salty nuts = win for the kids) I made it with quinoa/brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s, blanched the zucchini in the same water for the last 2-3 minutes, and used a whole avocado (why not?!). Oh, and just for color and kicks, I added a head of purple cauliflower roasted with salt and pepper until it caramelized… scrumptious. So many flavors and so fresh! Definitely going into the rotation. This was my first recipe from your site, can’t wait to try more.

  13. This was SOOOO good. I love the green sauce and am making another batch for a veggie dip this week 🙂 My husband and I loved it! Definitely a repeat recipe 🙂
    We did part zucchini noodles and part spaghetti squash (no pasta) and it was definitely a treat! As always, thanks for the recipe, Tieghan!

  14. Made this for dinner last night and it was incredibly good! It came together in under 30 minutes which was even better since we started cooking at 8pm haha.

  15. My husband and I just had this for dinner and it was fantastic!! We try one new recipe from your website each week and we have yet to be disappointed! Thank you for all the food adventures that you give me and my best friend!

  16. I think I might just be haloumi’s biggest fan, if my consumption of this squeaky, savoury, salty cheese is anything to go by. So, Tieghan, I LOVE you for making this dish, and I just know it will be in my mouth super soon! Like, tomorrow.

  17. YUM! I haven’t checked in for a few days and look what you’ve done! So funny I sat down with my dinner bowl full of spiralized veg noodles with cilantro green sauce…and whoa! you already beat me to it! Please tell me what spiralizer you use.
    I have a crappy hand held one that I threw away in disgust after I finally finished making this batch of ‘noodles’. I’d really love to have a good model.
    Did you know KitchenAid makes a spiralizer attachment? Only $229!!

  18. So seeing as the pasta is made out of zucchini – aka healthy – does that mean I can have extra haloumi? Looks amazing!

  19. I thought that the fried cheese was tofu! It looks to DIE FOR. I love the way the zoodles are seasoned with the pesto and the way it complements the cheese. This looks fantastic!

  20. Anything with halloumi gets a major thumbs up from me! I love the idea of mixing zoodles with regular pasta so you get a little bit of health and a few delicious carbs too.

  21. I love everything about this dish…I’m with you that zoodles don’t replace pasta but combined with pasta they are super delish. Did you have a hard time finding the halloumi cheese? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in the store.

  22. Love the spiralizer – love Zoodles – Just sent this to my Italian cooking hubby and voila – that’s what I get for din din tonight – Your timing is most excellent! Hope that unwelcomed snow melts stat – bring on the Crocus! Thanks for yet another gorg and inspired dish – you have the shine Tieghan!

  23. love this! haha I totally feel you with needing those carbs. they also make me warm, full, and happy! 🙂

  24. I love the idea that you’re using both real pasta and zucchini noodles, that’s a perfect combination. The looks of this dish is just decadent so need to say no more.
    And let us hope spring comes as soon as possible 🙂

  25. I’ve never tried mixing pasta and zucchini noodles before! I’ll have to give it a go, and that fried halloumi ?. My mom tells me I used to cry every March when it would start to snow again (she does this every time I talk fondly of living in a state that got regular snowfall).

  26. You can’t beat fried cheese…. I haven’t had lunch yet and this has got me seriously salivating… I’m totally with you on the carbs thing, I just don’t feel satisfied without them so if I’m doing courgetti I always do a mix with spaghetti. The avocado pesto sounds amazing, I make a lot of pestos but I haven’t tried an avocado one yet.

  27. I never had Haloumi before but this definitely makes me want to try it!
    Zoodles are so versatile, great shots as usual.

  28. Oh my green goddesses, this looks so delish. Love the combo of zoodles and real spaghetti, lighter on the carbs but still filling and well, spaghetti right?

  29. I’ve been addicted to zucchini lately, NEED to have it almost eve day ( now that I think about it, it started with your zucchini miso bowl..). I think this is going to be my new staple for the next year. I am already starting my garden, can’t wait for my basil!

  30. Looks sooo delicious, I have to give it a try! Combining real pasta with zucchini noodles sounds like a real meal – great idea! 🙂

  31. I love how you combined the zoodles with real pasta, cause we totally feel the same about carbs as you do! I often make an avocado pasta sauce, it’s just too good and makes me feel a little less guilty about eating a creamy pasta sauce 🙂 Oh yeah and halloumi = LIFE.

  32. I am totally in love with this pasta! Zoodles are the best and pesto is one of my favorite things on the planet! This is perfect for St. Pattie’s Day!

  33. i’m in love with green goddess things (have been since i had a salad dressed with it a couple years ago!), and it sounds amazing with half zoodles, half pasta! i’d have trouble eating a bowl of only zoodles, too, so the veggie/carbs mix is just about perfect (:

  34. Wow Tieghan, I am loving this dish! The avocado basil pesto sounds amazing! And that fried halloumi. Yes! Count me in! Sending spring vibes your way! (I think I spot some curls!)