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Low-Carb Zucchini Pesto Roll-Ups

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Dinner or cocktail parties can be tricky when you, or one of your guests, is keto.

These delicious little bites are perfect for sharing at a party, picnic or get together. The tender zucchini wraps around a tangy and moreish lemon and artichoke pesto (original recipe from the KetoDiet App), and even your non-keto friends will love them.

The best part is, they take just minutes to put together. Enjoy!

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Nutritional values (per serving, 4 roll-ups)

Net carbs1.8 grams
Protein1.8 grams
Fat12.4 grams
Calories127 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 6%, fat 88%

Total carbs3.6 gramsFiber1.8 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat1.8 gramsSodium138 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium18 mg(5% RDA)Potassium172 mg(9% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 36 roll-ups)

Lemon & Artichoke Pesto:
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest from 1 organic lemon
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (60 ml)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese or other Italian hard cheese (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (60 ml)
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Lemon & Artichoke Pesto (250 g/ 8.8 oz)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 3 small or 2 medium zucchini (400 g/ 14.1 oz)
  • Optional: chile flakes and fresh herbs, to taste

Note: You can swap the zucchini with cucumber, or use any other homemade pesto.


  1. Prepare the pesto by placing all the ingredients into a food processor or a blender and process until smooth or chunky.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini into thin ribbons. Be careful not to slice the zucchini too thin or your rolls won’t stand up nicely. I cut mine a touch too thinly and they started to slump a bit. Aim for a couple of millimetres thick.
    Low-Carb Zucchini Pesto Roll-Ups
  3. Lay the strips out on a flat surface and spread each one with approx. 1 teaspoon of pesto.
  4. Spread the pesto evenly along the zucchini ribbon and then gently roll up. Low-Carb Zucchini Pesto Roll-Ups
  5. Place end up on your serving platter and repeat until all of the ribbons are used.
  6. Sprinkle with chile flakes if you would like a bit of kick, and garnish with micro herbs. Low-Carb Zucchini Pesto Roll-Ups
  7. These rolls will not keep well, they will lose their shape after a few hours so make and eat them on the same day. You can store the leftover pesto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It helps to pour a thin layer of olive oil on top as it will keep the pesto fresh for longer. To store for longer, freeze in an ice cube tray for up to 6 months. Low-Carb Zucchini Pesto Roll-Ups

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 4 roll-ups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Artichoke & lemon pesto
0.9 g1.3 g9.2 g93 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g3 g27 kcal
Zucchini (summer squash, courgette)
0.9 g0.5 g0.1 g8 kcal
Total per serving, 4 roll-ups
1.8 g1.8 g12.4 g127 kcal
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An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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