Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate
Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD
Now that summer is just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about fresh summer salads! Lately I have been using my spiralizer as a fun way to add different vegetables to my salads, as well as for making “zoodles” to use as a fresh base for tomato sauce. Here is all you need to know about spiralizers, and some recipes to try for yourself.
There are many different types of spiralizers, which all have the same basic function: to turn any vegetable into noodles. There are handheld versions which are generally the least expensive; electric spiralizers, spiralizing attachments for your Kitchen Aid mixer, and my personal favourite, countertop spiralizers which are hand-cranked. No matter which kind you choose, the result is lovely vegetable noodles which can be used to top salads, as a replacement for spaghetti, as noodles in a soup or as a topping on a wrap.
The best vegetables to spiralize are:
– Sweet potatoes
– Butternut squash
I love to spiralize a bunch of beets, which are high in vitamin C and potassium, at the start of the week which can be stored in an airtight container and then quickly added as a topping to any salad for some extra colour, crunch and flavor. The same goes with carrots, which are high in vitamin A.
I love to swap out spaghetti for “zoodles” (a.k.a. zucchini noodles) and top them with my favourite tomato sauce.
My personal favourite way to use the spiralizer is to make “coodles” (cucumber noodles) as the base to my all-time favourite summer food; Greek cucumber salad. It is such a fun way to amp up a classic recipe, using cucumber, tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese with oil and vinegar as a dressing.
The possibilities for recipes with spiralized vegetables are endless, making the spiralizer a necessary addition to your kitchen. Try some of these recipes out for yourself!
Sweet Potato Cabbage Pad Thai
Red Cabbage Slaw with Vegan Chipotle-Lime Dressing
Asian Zoodle Salad with Chicken
Roasted Spiralized Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
Sesame Noodle Salad
Sweet Potato Enchilada Stir Fry
Mozzarella, Tomato, Pesto Zoodle Salad
Baked Oatmeal with Spiralized Apples
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OXO Good Grip Spiralizer
Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer
Hamilton Beach Spiralizer
Starfrit Electric Spiralizer
Kitchen Aid Attachment:
KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel