Sesame and Zucchini Noodle Salad
Yields: about 4 cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes
Full of veggie goodness, this zucchini noodle (or “zoodle”) salad boasts a toasted sesame flavor with a zing from tangy apple cider vinegar. A hint of sweetness from honey rounds out this gluten free and vegetarian crowd-pleasing salad!
4 cups zucchini noodles (link to spiralizer) (about 1 large zucchini or 2 medium)
1/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
1/2 tablespoon honey (cane sugar for vegan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Using the spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into a bowl. Add cherry tomatoes.
2. In a small bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, honey, sesame seeds and salt.
3. Combine apple cider vinegar mixture with zoodles and tomatoes. Eat immediately, or let stand in the refrigerator to let the flavors combine if desired.
So, the spiralizer craze has hit our house. It is amazing how the way a food is sliced, diced (or in this case, spiralized), makes such a difference in the overall end result of the meal. Never, OK not often, do I crave raw zucchini. However, when prepared with this dressing and being noodle-like, it makes it quite tasty!
I received a fancier spiralizer as a gift, and have yet to break it in. One of these days, when I have “time.” Seriously, I plan to use it, but just haven’t had a chance. I have been using a quite inexpensive one (which is linked to my Amazon product page above), that works pretty well. It's not pricey, and equally can't handle everything under the sun, but for now, it works.
At this point in time, I still have three little people heavily dependent on me (although, that is quickly changing!). So, my time is still not my own. This little gadget gets the job done quickly, and is easy to clean by popping right in the dishwasher. Sweet potatoes are another great vegetable to use with it. I tried beets, but that requires a different tool.
My middle child loves tangy and pungent flavors. She won’t eat peanut butter and jelly or French fries, but loves raw garlic and basil pesto - and this salad. She gulps it like no one else. I will say, it is incredibly refreshing on hot summer-like days when you just want something cool and light.