May 27, 2014

Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Avocado and Edamame



Fresh, quick and delicious – this salad takes less than 5 minutes to make, start to finish and there's no cooking involved, so it's perfect for the summer because you won't heat up your kitchen!

This salad was inspired by an amazing vegan appetizer I had in Seaside Florida prepared for me by the staff at Raw and Juicy. It was so fresh and simple, I knew I was going to recreate it at home. Rather than dicing the zucchini into perfect little squares, I used my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer  (my all time FAVORITE cooking gadget) and spiralized it instead plus I added some cooked shelled edamame sold in the salad section of my supermarket for protein. The results were fresh and fantastic – a MUST try!


And speaking of summer, as shorter hemlines and bathing suit weather approaches, I want to introduce you to my friend Erin Stutland – a life and fitness coach and the creator of Shrink Session: Tone Your Body, Expand Your Mind. She has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Shape, Daily Candy and more and people all over the world are currently experiencing her work.

Erin and I got together last week in her little NYC kitchen to shoot a quick, fun cooking video to demonstrate just how easy this recipe is. Can you believe this is my FIRST cooking video on Skinnytaste? It's not perfect, but I don't think it's terrible for my first time. I plan on doing some more in the future to get more practice, you check it out here...



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Hope you enjoy the recipe – it's vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, clean, and delicious!




Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Avocado and Edamame
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 salad • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 254 • Fat: 18 g • Carb: 20 g • Fiber: 9 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 19 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed off
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 2 oz diced avocado (1/2 medium haas)
  • 1/3 cup shelled cooked edamame
  • 1 basil leaf, minced
  • 1 tsp minced chive

Directions:

Use a spiralizer or a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade and cut the zucchini into thin spaghetti-like strands. Trim the strands into bite size lengths, about 8 inches long and place it in a large work bowl. Drizzle the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss.

Dice the avocado into small pieces and add to the bowl along with the edamame, basil and chives. Serve right away and enjoy!

60 comments :

  1. LOVE the video!! And I am SO glad you recreated the zucchini dish we had in Florida. Just ordered my spiralizer!

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    1. It was too good not too : ) Yay, you need to make it!

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  2. Beautiful. I still haven't buy a spiralizer, but I'm seriously considering it. I love all the different recipes where you've used it. I've never tried the zucchini-avocado combination, but now you've intrigued me. Don't be surprised if it soon makes an appearance on my blog, lol. Thanks.

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  3. I'd love to get a spiralizer some day, these dishes look excellent and so healthy!

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  4. Is there a smaller spiralizer that you would recommend? I have a tiny kitchen and I don't think I have enough room for the larger one.

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    1. They do sell smaller hand held ones, you can search on Amazon, there are several out there.

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    2. The Vegetti is easy to use and can be found in Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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    3. the Zyliss Julieene handheld works great and was under $10. Love it!

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    4. I have a Vegetti, too, and it works great on zucchini especially. I got mine at Walgreen's in their "as seen on TV" section.

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  5. Saw this demonstrated on TV at "As Seen on TV", for sale at CVS, Walgreens, etc

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  6. Wow! This looks like a great summer dish. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  7. For someone who is allergic to avocado, would this salad be the same without it? Is there something I could add in its place? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, I love avocados but one of my daughters is allergic, you could replace the avocados with humus or I have used mashed green peas. We do a lot of Avocado stuff but when looking for a replacement the green peas seem to be the most popular.

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    2. This will still taste great without avocado, you can add some shaved parm!

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    3. Thank you Gina! :) And thank you for all of your delicious recipes. The bulk of what I make comes directly from your website!

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  8. I can't get enough cold food right now. This salad looks great!

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  9. Great salad...love it! I love your recipes and will be trying this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I just made this but substituted fresh dill for the basil and omitted the edamame (didn't have either)...OMG it was delish! Will definitely be making this again!!!!

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  11. SO cute!!! I have no idea you had such a strong Boston accent...not sure why I would know that lol....cute

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    1. LOL, it's actually a Long Island accent.

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  12. This looks simple yet so delicious! I love avocado. It goes well with so many different dishes!

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  13. Thank you so much, Gina, for these wonderful recipes. I plan to try this one soon as it looks fabulous. Having struggled for most of my life with my weight, I've only recently managed to lose the weight I needed to and keep it off (2+ years and going strong!). Your recipes have been a big part of my permanent lifestyle changes and have made healthy eating a real pleasure for me. There's so much variety among your recipes and there's really something for everyone. I even managed to get my husband to drop about 15 pounds without even trying just by feeding him your recipes. He loves them too and can't believe they've been lightened up. So, thank you again for the love and creativity you put into developing and sharing these recipes. You have truly made a difference for me!

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    1. Thank you Tina, I am so happy to hear that! 2+ years, keep it up!! And I love that your husband lost weight as well without trying :)

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  14. How long does the zucchini keep when you julienne/spiral it before adding to other recipes?

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    1. You can do it a day ahead and keep it tightly wrapped before mixing with the oil and lemon.

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  15. I bought myself a spiralizer for Mother's Day. I love it and so do the kids!!! Can't wait to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks!!!

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  16. ooo this looks delish! I just bought a spiralizer and I've been looking for the perfect recipe to try :) Yumm can't wait to try it out!

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  17. I made this receipe last night for today's lunch and it was DELISH! Also, I don't have a spiralizer but I do have a Veggetti that I bought form Bed, Bath and Beyond, to make the zoodles and it works great!

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  18. This recipe sounds delightful. I just got a spiralizer and have only used it once, but love it. When I make this recipe I would sub feta cheese for the avocado, partly to up the protein level, but also because my husband does NOT like avocado. Really looking forward to trying this; it will be nice when we're at the beach and I do not have access to a stove…

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  19. I know what I'm making tonight....Loved the video...keep up the great work!

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    1. Thank you, I hate seeing myself on video but I am trying to get past that :)

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  20. Postscript: Just watched the video - it's very well done. And I have decided to add some grilled chicken breast to make it into a whole meal (along with the feta).

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    1. Thank you! Grilled chicken and feta would be awesome!

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    2. I tried the recipe for lunch today, omitted avocado, added grilled chicken pieces and some sheep's milk feta… this recipe was a tremendous success. Both my husband and our guest were very pleased with it (our guest was surprised that the spaghetti was really zucchini). My husband doesn't offer compliments lightly. Thank you for such a great recipe, especially one that uses my new toy. Love my spiralizer!

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  21. Gosh! thanks for sharing this video. I love that salad you have made and shared with us. It looks tasty and healthy. that would be nice not only to vegetarians but could be of mix after meal. I want to try making one today. Thanks a million.

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  22. recipe looks great, but I wonder about the dressing, lemon juice and olive oil? Is there enough of a good taste still?

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  23. Didn't have edamame, so used garbanzo beans. YUM!

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    1. I would not use edamame either since most all of it is GMO in this country.

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  24. I followed this recipe exactly and it was delicious. My husband even enjoyed it and he is very picky and doesn't like some of the ingredients. He said he would eat this again.

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  25. This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week. :D

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  26. I have been waiting to make this since I saw the post, and finally got to make this for lunch today. It was AMAZING!! I added 1/4 of chick peas for additional protein, and I loved the basil in it. I love this spiralizer, it is so much fun! Keep the spiralizing ideas flowing......Thanks!!

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  27. Love this! I added some arugula, b/c I have an abundance growing in my garden and it was great in it. I think this will be replacing my usual spinach green salad for awhile :)

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  28. Made this tonight and LOVED it! Will be making again. Another winner! :)

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  29. Another great one, Gina! These look delicious!

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  30. This was truly delicious. I am doing some variation of this every week.

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  31. I made this for lunch today and it was amazing, so light and yet filling. This will definitely be on my summer menu a lot!

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  32. Shoving this salad into my mouth as I type and groaning in pleasure. WOW! I finally broke down and bought the sprializer after seeing this recipe. I just received it Wednesday and this salad is it's maiden try. HOLY COW! I was not expecting to like it this much. Everything about it is to die for! What really got me was how much I love the texture of the zoodles. The hubs is loving it too. Definitely going to be eating a lot of this this summer!

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  33. Ditto, ditto, ditto to Nikki above! OMG, this is soooo delicious! I can't believe how good it tastes. I could eat this all day...yum! I'm making it for my daughter today, she's going to love it!

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  34. My Paderno Spiraler arrived today, which I bought specifically because of you! This is the first thing I made with it, and it was freaking incredible. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about raw zucchini, but it has a nice crunch to it and it pairs very well with the basil, chive, and lemon in the dressing.

    I made zucchini noodles with a julienne peeler and it did the trick, but it took forever and I had a lot of waste. The Paderno machine did a huge zucchini in like 15 seconds and I had many more noodles than I got with my julienne peeler. Everyone should have this machine! And everyone should make this recipe!

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  35. To be honest I wasn't sure how I would like "raw zucchini". although after I mixed everything together, it tastes delicious!

    I bought my Paderno months ago and had been so hesitant to try a single dish I ended up storing it away and completely forgetting about it, crazy I know. But once I saw your post on Facebook with this picture, I knew it was time to dive in and try it and I am so glad I did. My husband loves it and says he can eat this everyday, thanks for sharing all your great finds!

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  36. I have this one and it works perfectly! http://tinyurl.com/qyw5xrf

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