These simply dressed basil and mint squash noodles can be eaten as a refreshing side salad or a light meal that comes together in literally just minutes.
But times are changing…
Last thing I need or want is another counter top kitchen gadget taking up space in my kitchen.
I have a weird obsession with clean counter tops – something that seldom happens because mail seems to ALWAYS accumulate at one end no matter how hard I try.
And then there’s the issue of having to store the appliance in what I lovingly refer to as the junk cabinet – where all random kitchen gadgets live 95% of their life.
But then Brandy got the Kitchen Aid spiralizer attachment and brought it over for me to try out on these basil and mint squash noodles from Amie Valpone’s cook, Eating Clean and now here I am, contemplating another damn kitchen gadget.
Wondering what attachment accessories are worthwhile for your KitchenAid mixer? Read this must have KitchenAid accessories guide. So helpful!
Try Thai Kohlrabi Noodle Salad for more ways to enjoy spiralized veggies!
Because, you guys, look at how fun those zucchini noodles are!
The curly yellow squash noodle at the bottom of the bowl above reminds me of the Burger King curly fries from back in the day as a kid when things like ingredient lists and fast food ethics occupied exactly zero space in my brain.
28 or so years later though, my brain is full of that stuff and spiralized zucchini noodles (or any other veggie noodle) are the closest I’m getting to deep fried curly fries.
Amie’s book is filled with over 200 plant-based recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, corn and processed ingredients.
How she even came up with that many recipes blows my mind but after slowly making my way page by page through the book and looking at each one, I’m even more impressed because the quality of these recipes is on point.
Real food, wholesome ingredients and a simple, clean outlook on health is what you’ll find.
Her story (healing herself from a decade of chronic autoimmune disease through food) is remarkable and she’s used that experience to try and help others not only through this book but also her site, A Healthy Apple which has a ton of information for those who may be suffering like she was.
This salad is so simple, (literally it takes just minutes to come together) you don’t even realize how much awesomeness is going on in it.
From the basil and mint which can both help fight inflammation and bacterial growth to the fact that its grain free, low carb and low sugar, it’s is pretty much the definition of health in a bowl.
The herby freshness going on in this side dish is reminiscent of my roasted kohlrabi recipe that includes a simple lemon vinaigrette and fresh tarragon. I think you’ll like that recipe as well if you’re into this one.
Try Simple Sautéed Swiss Chard for another great summer vegetable/side dish too!
It also tastes amazing.
I can foresee myself making it over and over again this summer once zucchini-geddon starts in late July along with other zucchini noodle recipes like these:
Check out, Eating Clean on Amazon for yourself.
Basil and Mint Squash Noodles
- 3 large yellow summer squash, cut into thin strands with a vegetable peeler or spiralizer or julienne peeler.
- 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, toss to coat and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.