Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Zucchini Noodle Salad

Summer produce is coming in strong at the Farmers Market. Tomatoes, peaches, peppers and, my favorite, zucchini. I became obsessed with making noodles from zucchini last year, or as I like to call "zoodles!" I never got around to posting this recipe last year, so I have been holding on to it for summer.

Zucchini Noodle Salad | www.kettlercuisine.com

Last summer, I had the opportunity to take a Farmers Market cooking class. The instructor, who is a fellow blogger and friend from I Cook, I Eat, It's Life took us around the Western Wake Farmers Market and introduced us to several of the vendors and farmers. I've since gotten to know several of the farmers, learned about their farms and tasted all of their goods! I look forward to my market trip every Saturday morning now :)

All the recipes that we made in the class featured produce and goods from the market like this Zucchini Noodle Salad which highlights the best of summer. I've mentioned my spiralizer before to make Sriracha Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. I highly recommend getting one of these kitchen tools.

Zucchini Noodle Salad | www.kettlercuisine.com

I like to serve this with fresh slices of Heirloom tomatoes, herbs and DesirĂ©e's Balsamic Vinaigrette. Amazing how some of the most healthy dishes can feel like complete indulgences! At least, they do for me :)

Zucchini Noodle Salad

Yields: 4 side servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

3 medium zucchini
1 large red pepper
1 small red onion
1 Tablespoon fresh basil
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
Desirée's Balsamic Vinaigrette
Fresh tomato slices (optional)

Prepare the dressing first and set aside.

Cut the ends off the zucchini and julienne the vegetables or use a spiralizer (I like this one) to create noodles. Sprinkle the noodles with salt and line a large colander with paper towels. Toss the noodles and put in the lined colainder to help drain off some of the moisture. Set this aside.

Slice the red onion thinly and place in a bowl of cold water, set aside. (This helps to cut the bite from the onion since they are raw in the salad).

Under a high broiler, roast the pepper until the skin is well blistered. Remove from the oven and place in a covered bowl. Once the peppers have cooled, peel off the skin, deseed and chop. Here are more detailed instructions on how to prepare roasted red peppers. (Alternatively, use jarred roasted red peppers).

Place the chopped red pepper, soaked onion slices and fresh herbs in a large bowl and gently toss. Add in the zucchini noodles and drizzle some of the dressing over top. Toss gently and serve with more fresh herbs and dressing if desired. This salad is best served immediately, although I enjoyed the leftovers the next day too!

Zucchini Noodle Salad | www.kettlercuisine.com


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