May 28, 2018

Pasta-less Italian Salad


File under: You won't miss the pasta and your friends will ask for the recipe. Not even kidding - this recipe is a keeper. One of my go-to summer veggie sides. 

If you haven't bought into the spiarlized veggie life, do yourself (and those you feed) a favor and get one! If you already have one, add this to your weekly meal plan or next cookout menu.

I got my spiralizer almost five years ago (WOW - it doesn't not seem like that long ago...). There are so many different models at various price points these days. Check out the original Spiralizer's current model with five blades and under $30. This is not a kitchen tool purchase that you will regret. I think I need to upgrade!


For the recipe, don't let the number of ingredients intimidate you. All prep work is super simple. This is one of those recipe that can easily be scaled to make less or more, and play around with adding or leaving out some of the ingredients. I few extra ingredients that are delicious in this are: pepperoni, ham, salami, grilled chicken, black olives, artichokes, or water chestnuts. The Italian dressing is delicious and can be made for a lot of other recipes!


SALAD INGREDIENTS
4 zucchini, spiarilized
1 small red onion, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced

DRESSING INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg's)
1/4 cup oil (I use avocado oil, olive oil works too)
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 Tbsp Italian herbs
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp honey

1. Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until combined. Set aside. NOTE: The flavors blend together much more if you make 12-24 hours in advance.
2.  Combine all veggies. Toss with salad tongs or clean hands.
3. Pour dressing over the veggies. Toss again with tongs or clean hands.
4. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for a couple hours to chill.

I originally found this recipe HERE and l-o-v-e so many other recipes there.
Let me know if you make it and what ingredients your add to yours!
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