Zucchini ribbon salad is a light and refreshing salad that is simple to make and full of fresh flavor.
Here is what you will need
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- cherry tomatoes
- tamari sauce
- rice vinegar
- sesame oil
- honey or maple syrup
- fresh ginger
- fresh garlic
- optional Ingredients: sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, fresh herbs
- Y vegetable Peeler or a spiralizer
- salad Bowl
The combination of zucchini, tomatoes and onions tossed in an Asian salad dressing is the epitome of summer salad!
Zucchini doesn’t have much flavor on its own, but it soaks up what is added to it. The dressing adds a salty touch that is a perfect match for fresh tomatoes.
Serve it as a side dish with grilled seafood or meat for an easy summer dinner.
How to make zucchini ribbons
You might be thinking that it looks difficult to slice zucchini into thin strips, but it’s not. You can use a spiralizer or a Y vegetable peeler.
The spiralizer will make super thin and long ribbons while the vegetable peeler will make ones that are less thin. To spiralize the zucchini ribbons, place the zucchini into your spiralizer and turn the handle.
I think the vegetable peeler is much quicker and it’s my first choice for making zucchini ribbons.
Here is how to do it: Wash and dry the zucchini. Use a Y vegetable peeler to cut thin strips down the length of the vegetable peeler. For shorter noodles, cut the zucchini in half before using the vegetable peeler.
How to choose zucchini
Zucchini is in season in the summer, but it can be found in the supermarkets year round. Look for zucchini with dark green vibrant looking skin.
A smaller sized zucchini will be more tender, a softer texture and smaller seeds which are perfect for making zucchini ribbons.
The best tomatoes to use
Cherry or grape tomatoes work well in this salad; they are bite sized and sweet tasting. If they aren’t available look for meaty tomatoes such as plum tomatoes.
How to store it
Store lefetovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Make ahead instructions
This salad tastes best when it’s made fresh. It can be prepared partially ahead of time by mixing the dressing, slicing the zucchini ribbons, onions and tomatoes.
Store all of the ingredients separately in the refrigerator and put it all together just before serving.
- Replace the zucchini ribbons with cucumbers or use a combination of both
- Grill the zucchini ribbons: brush them with olive oil and place them on a grill for about 2 minutes one each side.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of hot pepper flakes to teh dressing
- Sprinkle the salad with toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, parsley or basil.
- Substitutions: Tamari can be replaced with an equal amout of soy sauce, white vinegar can be used in place of rice vinegar
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