Raw Zucchini Spinach Roll Ups

By June 28, 2015 March 2nd, 2019 Appetizer, Paleo, Recipes, Vegetables, Video

zucchini roll ups

These Raw Zucchini Spinach Roll-Ups with Cashew Basil “Cheese” are a perfect summer appetizer. The individual rolls are fun to serve and easy to make. The “cheese” is vegan but so creamy and delicious even your non-vegan friends will love them. The vegan “cheese ” is protein rich from the macadamia and cashew nuts. Also highly alkaline from the spinach.  If you don’t have macadamia nuts use all cashews.  The macadamia nuts give them a more rich  flavor, but they are good with all cashews too.

This dish requires a little prep but  is quick to make. Soak the nuts in the morning or overnight.

They also make a nice main dish for your family with soup and/or salad. Enjoy

Here is the video:

Raw Zucchini Spinach Roll Ups with Cashew “Cheese”

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Yield: 16 rolls

Spinach Layer

4 cups torn spinach, all stems removed
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp olive oil
¼ tsp celtic sea salt

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl, mix and massage the spinach.
  • Let marinate and wilt for 1 hour.

For the Cashew Basil “Cheese”

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, soaked at least 4 hours
1/4 cup cashews soaked at least 4 hours
1 Tb lemon juice
1 Tb nutritional yeast
½ tsp dried thyme
½ cup fresh basil
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp chopped garlic
¼ cup water
fresh ground pepper

  • In a food processor or high speed blender process all ingredients together adding as little water as possible until you get a smooth consistency.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste
  • Put ½ in a bowl, cover and refrigerate

For the Rolls

2-4 zucchini
Cashew Basil “Cheese”

  • Cut the ends off each zucchini.
  • Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice long thin slices from the zucchini. You want the zucchini to be thin enough, about 1/16” so they roll easily without breaking.
  • Keep slicing until you have 16 even size slices. Use the slices from the ends in a salad or sauté.

Zucchini Roll up1 Assembly

  • On a flat surface, lay out a slice of zucchini, spread a layer of the Cashew Basil “Cheese” on the strip and smooth it out evenly over 3/4 of the strip, leaving some space at the end so the “cheese” doesn’t ooze out.
  • Place a tablespoon of the spinach near the front end of the zucchini and start to roll

zucchini roll up 2

  • When you get to the end set it on it its side
  • Repeat the process until you use up all the ingredients
  • Serve with tomato salad or dipped in tomato sauce.


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