Spiralized Zucchini, Green Bean, Pea Salad with Parsley Salad Dressing

This is my new favourite salad 🙂 .  It is raw, crunchy and highly nutritious.  When I first made this salad a few weeks ago I never made the dressing, instead just had the salad with some freshly squeezed lemon juice.  I am not really a salad dressing kind of a person, often I feel a dressing takes over the salad and covers up the actual taste of the salad.  But, this dressing is somewhat light and does add a little twist to this salad. FYI I have not tried this salad warmed.  I know some people feel the urge to warm up zucchini in a salad, but really I like it raw. I am loving the sugar snap peas at the moment and for some reason I just can’t get enough of green beans, but they must be the ‘fine’ ones …who knows why….just a thing I am going through right now…Anyhow, salads are going to become a huge thing in my life right now, thanks to summer on it’s way…Ha, I say that, but really this weather in this part of the world, does not know what it wants to do, so I will just do what I do in summer and eat salad…I will pretend it is hot…well at lunch-time anyway……

Spiralized Zucchini, Green Bean, Pea Salad with Parsley Salad Dressing

Total time:  20 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups spiralized zucchini/courgettes/large marrow

75 grams fine green beans

75 grams sugar snap peas

For the Salad Dressing:

Makes about 100 milliliters

1/2 cup tightly packed fresh parsley, chopped

2 fat garlic cloves, minced and chopped finely (about 2 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard (I did not use the grainy one)

2 – 4 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Tablespoons water

Freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Blanch the beans in boiling water for about a minute, remove immediately and place in iced cold water to prevent any further cooking to take place.

Then, blanch the sugar snap peas for 30 seconds, remove immediately and place in a separate bowl of ice-cold water to prevent any further cooking to take place.

To make the dressing:

Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until all combined. Taste.  (If you feel the dressing needs a little more of anything, then add to get the taste to your liking.)

To assemble the salad:

Place the spiralized zucchini on a salad platter.

Cut some of the blanched beans and sugar snap peas up and add to the zucchini. Arrange some whole beans and sugar snap peas on top.  Drizzle the parsley dressing over and serve as a light meal or as a side salad. (I drizzled the dressing over the salad once plated up on separate plates.)

Enjoy 🙂

 

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Vegetable Spaghetti with Spinach Almond Pesto and Bacon

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Ha ! what is not to love?  This is the all time super quick easy meal….with bacon. You can easily make it totally vegetarian if you wanted by just not adding bacon, (or you could sub with mushrooms.  I always find mushrooms a great alternative) but, bacon is just soooooo cool, and there are times I wonder if I could possibly live without bacon.

So, it is a matter of spiralize the marrows/zucchini/courgettes, or whatever you call them in your part of the world, bomb all the pesto ingredients into the processor, process.  Cook bacon, (preferably at the same time) assemble on plates and boom, meal done !

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Vegetable Spaghetti with Spinach Almond Pesto and Bacon

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time:  approximately 10 minutes

Total time:  approximately 40 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

3 large marrows (zucchini/courgette) depending on the actual size

250 – 500 grams bacon chopped

Feta crumbled – optional

For the pesto: (makes 2 cups)

6 handfuls of raw almonds, soaked

2 handfuls of baby spinach (you can use ordinary spinach as well, but I suggest chopping it into smaller pieces)

2 blocks of feta cheese (the blocks I use are approx 100 grams each)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Instructions:

Soak almonds for at least 20 minutes in boiling water. This will slightly soften the almonds, so it wont be so hectic whilst the processing is taking place

Whilst the almonds are soaking, spiralize the marrows (zucchini/courgettes) if not done already, and set aside.

Add all the pesto ingredients into the food processor (including the almonds) and process until the pesto becomes the consistency you want.  I personally like to taste bits of the almonds in mine, you know me and crunch !

Once that is done, place marrow (zucchini/courgette) on plate, and mix through the pesto. Top with a generous amount of bacon.  You can also add extra feta if you want….

I like this meal cold.  I do not see the point of warming it up, but the choice is yours.

Enjoy 🙂