I hope the title has you intrigued! Yes, you can make ‘noodles’ from zucchini…with a spiralizer! I learned about this wonderful gadget from my friend Ami Mackey at Plant Based Adventures . A spiralizer is a gadget that creates continual ‘noodle’ shaped strips out of vegetables. There are several models on the market, some a little more elaborate than others. While I’m not big on owning a lot of gadgets (I like ‘uni-taskers’ as Alton Brown calls them), this one seemed appropriate, especially since it’s rather small. The brand I got is Basily, and it cost about $10 at Amazon.
I absolutely love this little gadget, mostly because I like playing with food, but also because it’s super easy to use. I usually make fresh noodle salads, but you can also steam the ‘noodles’ and put pasta sauce over them.
The dish I created is very simple, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare (probably closer to 5 minutes since I chop veggies pretty quickly). It’s a light and refreshing dish that’s perfect on a warm summer night. But PLEASE don’t ruin this dish by adding oil…try enjoying the veggies in their natural state with just a little balsamic vinegar drizzled over it.
Zucchini Noodle Salad
prep time-5 minutes
1 medium/small zucchini
1 medium tomato
1 garlic clove diced into smaller pieces (optional if you really don’t like raw garlic)
3-4 fresh basil leaves, julienned
balsamic vinegar (I use a 12 year aged balsamic)
1. Use the spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles in a dish or shallow bowl.
2. Chop the tomato into bite size chunks, scatter over the zucchini noodles.
3. Sprinkle the garlic over the tomatoes.
4. Scatter the basil over the top of the tomatoes and garlic.
5. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the salad.