Hello Everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed your long weekends, what did you get up to?
Today I am sharing this Marinated Asian Zucchini Salad with you, and I think that you will enjoy it as much as I did. It is so easy to make and is a great salad to have when you are in a hurry or if you want to meal prep in advance! There are lots of different veggies and textures in this salad which made it really fun to eat! One thing that I have learned in my health and diet journey is that it is important to try new things..raw zucchini is something that has always freaked me out a bit and I would only eat it cooked..if it was ever in a salad raw I would pick it out, so admittedly I was a little hesitant to create this recipe but I am thrilled that I did because this is going to be a salad I make often! Keep reading for the recipe!
MARINATED ASIAN ZUCCHINI SALAD
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Marinade Time: At least 30 minutes/ Total Time: 40 minutes
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Plant Based/ Vegan/ Raw/ Salad/ Easy
*2 Whole Zucchinis
*1/2 Cup of Red Cabbage
*1/2 Cup of Julienned Carrots
*Chopped Red Pepper
*Handful of Chopped Snow Peas
*Handful of Cilantro (Garnish)
*Chopped Cashews (Garnish)
*Black Sesame Seeds (Garnish)
*1/2 a Cup of Olive Oil
*2 Tbsp of Sushi Vinegar
*2 Tbsp of Sesame Oil
*2 Tbsp of Coconut Aminos (or GF Soy Sauce)
*1 Tbsp of Liquid Sweetener (I used Agave)
*1/2 tsp of Ground Ginger
*1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
*1/2 tsp of Piri Piri
*1/2 tsp of Onion Powder
*Pinch of Dehydrated Garlic
*Pinch of Dehydrated Onion
*Pinch of Sea Salt
*First spiralize the zucchini (I have a Starfrit spiralizer which I LOVE, it works so well, the cleanup is next to nothing and I would highly recommend if you are looking to purchase one yourself!) and place zucchini into a medium sized bowl.
*Whisk together the olive oil, sushi vinegar, sesame oil, coconut aminos, liquid sweetener, ground ginger, garlic powder, piri piri, onion powder, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic and sea salt in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the spiralized zucchini. Cover and let it marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes..the longer the better on this one, I kept mine marinading for about an hour and it was perfect but if you are in a rush, make sure that it marinades for at least 30 mins. Another option that you could do is prepare this before you go to work and take it for lunch or have it for dinner once you get home!
*Chop the red cabbage, red pepper, snow peas, cashews and cilantro then julienne the carrots (you could also do this the night before if you are planning on taking this for your lunch!).
*Once the zucchini has marinaded, place it in the bottom of a large serving bowl and add in the other veggies. Top your salad with the chopped cashews, cilantro and sesame seeds. Mix together to dress the salad. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe! There is a salad that my Auntie makes when she is in town for summer BBQ's and Christmas Eve which I have mentioned a few times in previous posts, but I was inspired to create a new salad with a similar version of the dressing and see how it turned out..it was so worth it! I really enjoyed that the zucchini was softened with the marinade but you get a crunch with the red cabbage, peppers and snow peas! If you are looking for a quick and easy meal, I would definitely recommend trying this recipe out! If you do try it, make sure to let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram!
Hope that you all have a great week!