While summer is technically coming to an end in Texas, it's still hotter than Channing Tatum up in here. Who are we kidding, winter doesn't REALLY exist. Last Christmas, I almost wore sandals to our family dinner, so I think that speaks for itself. Now that we've concluded it's not getting any cooler, it's safe to say zoodles are here to stay! Can I get a whoop whoop! Ok, I may be the only one excited about this. But zoodles (zucchini noodles) are refreshing raw, comforting cooked, and extremely versatile. Since summer is piggybacking into September, I'd love to share a bright zucchini noodle salad I've been making for days now. Zucchini noodles with spicy citrus cream sauce is crunchy, fresh, and herbaceous with a tiny bit of spice. Plus it's 100% raw vegan, nut free, oil free and boyfriend approved. And guess what? I don't even own a spiralizer.
People frown upon making veggie noodles because they don't own a spiralizer. Spiralizers are super handy tools that turn a chunky veg into beautiful ribbons. I don't own one, and never really have (yet). If this is you're dilemma, there are several solutions to creating pasta perfection without one.
- Hand cut noodles- All you need is a zucchini and a sharp knife. Slice the zucchini into 1/4 inch planks, then julienne the planks into thin strips to create a noodle effect. Youtube "hand cut zucchini noodles" for step by step instructions.
- Julienne peeler- You may have one of these things sitting around in a drawer somewhere and don't even know it. A julienne peeler is one of those tools your Mom gives you as a house warming gift, but chuck it somewhere when she's not looking. But man, this thing is so useful! It creates beautiful noodles with no fuss, no knife, and is like 4 bucks on Amazon.
- Vegetable peeler- Another tool you may have gotten from your Mother. Or maybe you actually use this to peel other veggies, I don't judge. Regardless, it works! It doesn't create "pasta" like noodles. The noodles are thin, wide ribbons perfect for a lightly dressed salad. Not so hot for cooking as they'll become mushy real quick.
- Store bought zucchini noodles- THANK GOD this is a thing. If you haven't been to Whole Foods lately, GO. Seriously, get in your car right now and get that booty into Whole Food's produce department. Why?? Because Whole Foods now carries pre spiralized veggie noodles. PRE SPIRALIZED!! Ecstatic is an understatement. New company, Veggie Noodle Co. changed the game and can now purchase veggie noodle galore at your local Whole Foods. I'm a cheater, and used these in this recipe. But sometimes you gotta break the rules, it's worth it friends.
Side note, if you are still wanting to purchase a spiralizer then go for it! Buy one off Amazon because it's always cheaper. The Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer is top notch, and under $30. If you want one right now, William Sanoma has them along with Bed Bath & Beyond. It may not be the Paderno brand, but they work just as great.
Now there is no excuse not to make this recipe. You're trapped, but with good intention. Once the noodle aspect is covered, one thing you'll need with out a doubt is a blender. In order to make the spicy citrus cream sauce super duper silky, all the ingredients are thrown into a blender. A high powered device like a Blendtec or Vitamix is recommended. If you have a normal blender though, no worries, just blend in stages. Blend harder ingredients first, incorporating the softer ingredients as the sauce becomes smoother. You may even have to add a couple tablespoons of water to get things going. So check out the recipe below! Serve as a meal, or as a side with protein. It takes 15 easy minutes (if even) and you can eat in good conscious knowing its 100% raw. Did I mention it's boyfriend approved?? I did. Just sayin'.