Zoodle Pasta Salad

Zoodle Pasta Salad

Zoodle Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are basically the epitome of childhood summer barbecue recipes. I bet every mother had one, recipe slightly different from the rest.

As a kid, I always loved the super creamy mayonnaisey ones, but yet my mom always made a vinegrette version. I never understood it!

But now I get the vinegrette love. There is so much more flavour in there especially if you let the whole thing marinate for a couple hours.

Plus what a delicious way to pack in some extra veggies while still eating “pasta” – right?!

After making my own version for a family gathering earlier this year, I knew I had to further “Healthfully Heather” customize it. Enter – the zucchini noodles!

You don’t even need to cook them, making this way easier than your standard pasta version – no cook or cooling time needed. Yet the spiralized zoodles still give you almost the same feeling.

Make this the day before and let the flavours sink in over night, and enjoy!

Zoodle Pasta Salad

Pasta salad recipe with tomato, cucumber, and greek dressing using zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 large Tomato diced
  • 1/2 Cucumber diced
  • 2 Shallots diced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley dried
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • pinch Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Peel the zucchini and cut off the ends. In order to create short noodles, like half moons, cut zucchini along the long side half-way through. Using a vegetable spiralizer with the thick noodle setting, spiralize into noodles.
  • In a large bowl, mix the zoodles, tomato, cucumber, and shallots together.
  • In a small bowl or jar, combine all dressing ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  • Pour dressing over vegetables, mixing well until evenly distributed.
  • Serve immediately or allow to marinate in the fridge for several hours for more depth of flavour. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have a vegetable spiralizer, skip cutting the zucchini lengthways. Instead use your vegetable peeler to create thin ribbons.
Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Last autumn my boyfriend and I spent a couple weeks driving around Italy in the region of Umbria (central Italy, a bit south of Tuscany / Florence). One of our favourite things to do when travelling is to experience the local flavours, and where better to do that than in Italy, right?

In order to be able to better bring those flavours back home we decided to spend a day following a cooking workshop. We spent several hours learning how to make different types of fresh pasta and ravioli as well as my boyfriend’s favourite dessert, panna cotta.

During a break in our cooking we spent a bit of time sitting out on the terrace, sipping some proper Italian red wine, and enjoying our teacher’s homemade bruschetta.

We didn’t get to make bruschetta ourselves as our teacher insisted it needed to rest overnight to allow the flavours to come together. However, I did pick up some valuable tips for this seemingly simple dish that has allowed me to recreate it at home!

The main tip was to not include any fresh garlic in your bruschetta mixture as it can easily overpower the other flavours. Instead, slice a clove of garlic in half and rub the cut side on your toasted bread before loading up on the bruschetta topping. It was a total game changer and I definitely recommend trying it yourself!

Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium tomatos, diced

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp (15mL) fresh basil, chopped

  • 1 tbsp (15mL) olive oil

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) apple cider vinegar

  • pinch each of sea salt & pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves, halved

  • bread

In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients except the garlic cloves and mix well.

Allow to sit for several hours or overnight for the flavours to develop (you can use right away if you want, of course!).

On a slice of freshly toasted bread, rub all over with the cut side of the garlic clove.

Load up your bread with the tomato mixture.

Enjoy!

Serves 4

Hasselback Potatoes

Sometimes I need to push myself to consume potatoes in any form other than fries! I love making sweet potato fries in the oven, but occasionally I need to change it up. Enter these hasselback potatoes! Their specific structure means you can get lots of flavour deep into the potato!

They’re pretty straight forward to make, and you could always play around with the different herbs or spices you use to suit your main dish.

Hasselback Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 880g (2lb) potatoes (any type, sweet potatoes included)

  • ¼ cup (60mL) olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ tsp (2mL) parsley

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) sea salt

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 360F.

Wash the potatoes and peel if desired. Slice the potatoes in roughly 0.5cm (¼ inch) slices being careful to leave around 1cm (½ inch) at the bottom uncut. Place potatoes cut side up in a lined baking dish.

In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Using a silicon cooking brush (or alternatively a spoon), spread the mixture generously over the potatoes, pushing the oil into the cuts of the potatoes. If necessary, use your fingers to push the garlic into the potato.

Bake potatoes in oven for around 45 minutes or until insides of potatoes are soft and easily pricked with a fork. (Timing could differ depending on the size of the potatoes and the thickness of the slices you made.)

Serve up as a side with your main dish!

Serves 4-6

Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples

Despite its long cook time, this red cabbage recipe is pretty quick and simple to prep and absolutely delicious as a side with almost any meal!

As a bonus, this recipe does freeze well, and since it makes quite a lot I would definitely recommend dividing off some portions to freeze and enjoy later on!

Why I love red cabbage:

  • concentrated source of polyphenols which are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory

  • excellent source of vitamins B6, C & K

  • very good source of vitamins B1 & B9 (folate) and minerals manganese, copper, & potassium

  • good source of vitamins B2, B3, B5 and minerals choline, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, magnesium, & iron

  • good source of fibre


Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 head red cabbage, chopped

  • 3 apples, cored, peeled, & diced

  • 3 tbsp (45mL) white wine vinegar

  • 2 tbsp (30mL) maple syrup or honey

  • 1 tbsp (15mL) butter or ghee (or coconut oil if dairy-free)

  • ½ tsp (2mL) cloves

  • ½ tsp (2mL) cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) sea salt

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) pepper

Pre-heat oven to 150C / 300F.

In a large mixing bowl, toss the chopped red cabbage with salt & pepper. In a small bowl, combine the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In a large, oven safe casserole dish, spread half of the red cabbage mixture. Layer on top half of the diced apples and sprinkle half the spice mixture and 1 tbsp of maple syrup.

Repeat with a second layer with the remaining cabbage, followed by the apples, spices and remaining 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Pour over white wine vinegar. Dot top of dish with butter.

Bake covered in oven for 2 hours, stirring mixture every 30-40 minutes. 

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Also freezes well. Re-heat on a low temperature until warm.

Serves 4-6

Mango-Avocado Salsa

This refreshing, tropical salsa is one of my favourite to have alongside seafood, or even chicken or pork!

It’s pretty simple to make, and you can even prep it ahead of time since the lemon juice helps the mango and avocado keep their bright colours, longer.

This recipe is also include in my free Real Food Reset sample meal plan! Head over here to grab the full thing.

Mango-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mango, diced

  • 1 Avocado, diced

  • 1 Red onion, diced

  • 30mL (2 tbsp) Lemon juice

  • 30mL (2 tbsp) Olive oil

  • Pinch each of sea salt & pepper

In a bowl, gently mix together all the ingredients until well combined.

Enjoy alongside seafood, chicken, or pork!

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