Zucchini & Carrot Ribbon Salad
Ingredients (Serves 1)
-1 zucchini, washed (you will only use 1/2 but don't chop it yet)
-1 medium size carrot, washed
-½ cup washed and chopped mushrooms
-1-2 cups greens (arugula, spinach, lettuce, a mix)
-¼ avocado chopped
-½ tomato chopped (optional)
-3-4 radishes chopped
-¼ cup chopped cilantro
-½ lime or lemon, vinegar is fine too
-¼ cup seeds or nuts
-Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: Add anything else you would like (cucumbers, olive, capers, etc.). Sometimes I add vegan cheese if I have some.
Optional dressing: ½ tsp mustard, ½ tsp vinegar, ½ tsp maple or honey, ½ tsp tahini (optional), ¼ tsp salt, pepper to taste, water to thin if needed
Mix all ingredients except zucchini, carrots and mushrooms in a big bowl, stir it well with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper (or dressing) and set aside
Place the zucchini in a cutting board horizontal to you, using a potato peeler, peel the skin and “meat of zucchini” longwise to create thin and long ribbons. Peeling from top to bottom. It is easier to have a full zucchini and peel until you get half way.
Repeat the same technique with the carrot. Since you are peeling the whole carrot you might want to turn it once you get to the middle so it is easier to peel. You will get to a point where peeling is not possible but you have some carrot left. Eat it as a pre-lunch snack :)
Bring a big pan to medium heat, add 1 tsp of olive oil. Place zucchini, carrots and mushrooms in the pan with a pinch of salt. Sautee veggies, stirring often until mushrooms are brown and zucchini/carrots have softened to your liking. I like them a bit al dente.
Place the salad mix in a bowl and top it with cooked veggies.
I have a flat electrical grill and I sautee my veggies there, it works great if you have one.If you do, you can skip the oil since the flat iron is non stick. I also like to cook each veggie separate in the pan instead of mixing them all. I cook them at the same time I just don't mix them by keeping each in a corner, but it really does not matter, its more of a presentation thing