Soooo…I insisted on stopping at the grocery store this evening to browse the produce section for Spiralizer-friendly vegetables and came home with beets, zucchini, yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, cucumber, and a couple of gigantic carrots.
I started with a nice fat beet–the only one of the vegetables that needed to be peeled first:
Next came the enormous carrot…
Then onion and apple..
I tossed these with dried cranberries and blueberries and the dressing below.
Then I topped the salad with chopped cilantro, peanuts, and roasted chickpeas from my new Oh She Glows cookbook.
Pad Thai Salad Dressing (from Isa Does It)
Blend until smooth:
- 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Sriracha, or more if you like it hot
The result was AWESOMELY DELICIOUS!! I was so surprised….though I’m not really sure why. I guess I assumed the best part of the Spiralizer would be playing with it, not eating the result.
I downplayed the whole enterprise to James because I thought he’d hate it (he’s not normally a big fan of the chickpea), but he LOVED it and had a second helping of everything.
The other thing I tried spiralizing was a regular white potato, which was a complete success!
After spiralizing the potato, I placed it on a parchment-paper-covered baking sheet, sprayed it with cooking oil, and baked it for 25 minutes at 400. I turned the spirals after 15 minutes.
OH MY…were these EVER good!
And SO easy!
Addendum: The salad is even better the next day–it’s kind of like a chopped salad in that the vegetables are too dense to absorb the dressing and go limp. I refrigerated it in my new vehicle of choice: the mason jar. These babies are great for storage because they take up so little space in the fridge. Plus, if I’m giving soup to one of my soup people, it looks so much prettier in a mason jar than in a crappy off-brand tupperware container:
And the song of the evening is….”My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit: