Mondays are always a really busy day for me. The weekend sees me in full mother mode. Although I love the family time with my husband, son and dogs there just isn’t much down time. So when Monday rolls around I have a list longer than my arm; work to catch up on, emails to respond, tidying, washing (a pile bigger than me – how does one small person go through so much clothing?!) … The list is endless really. I try and cram so much in and so being able to make food easily and quickly is really important so that I can nourish myself and get through my to do list.
I love making this raw zoodles salad on days when Phoenix is nursery. It’s a really cleansing salad but its simultaneously fulling and you feel pretty nourished too. I really recommend it if you need something quick and I think it’s a perfect starter dish if you are entertaining guests or great to make as a side.
This is based on for just one person so alter the quantities accordingly:
1/2 a zucchini
1/2 an avocado
olive oil, half a lemon & grey sea salt for the dressing
Nuts of your choice – in this particular instance I used chopped walnuts
Any other greens – I used a handful of kale & a few bits of asparagus
Set your oven to 180 celsius and pop some chopped up nuts in a dish into the oven for 10 minutes to toast them lightly. In the meantime, spiralise your zucchini into a bowl. Massage your kale in olive oil using your hands and add to the bowl. Chop up the avocado & asparagus and add to the salad. Drizzle the salad in olive oil and the juice of half a lemon. Sprinkle on a little sea salt and then mix the salad up. The avocado, olive oil and lemon juice combined creates a really yummy & simple dressing. When the oil and lemon mixes with the avocado it allows the avo’s creaminess to rub onto the other veggies in the bowl. Sprinkle with the toasted nuts and voila – a healthy, nourishing salad.
Nutritional Nugget: Zucchini has a high content of vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein and fibre. It contains significant quantities of potassium, folate and Vitamin A – all of which are important for good health.