Every now and then I eat a creation that is so…beyond…good that I’m not quite sure how to convey it to you. All I can say is : TRY THIS! It is SO delicious and SO healthy. I don’t mind if you make it your main course (as we did) or have it as a side salad. Either way, it is so worth it. Thanks so much to Veggie head for the beautiful inspiration.
2 carrots, peeled and spiralized (see below)
2 zucchinis, spiralized
2 cups baby spinach
12 snow peas, julienned
1 avocado, flesh removed and chopped
2 T chia seeds
1 stem basil leaves
juice of 2 oranges
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup unhulled tahini *
1 garlic clove
chilli (fresh, or flakes)
salt and pepper
First of all, I used this little gizmo:
It turns veggies into spaghetti! You may have other means of doing this, and if not – just julienne the vegetables because that will work equally as well and certainly won’t affect the flavour!
After spiralizing the zucchini and carrot, salt them and set them aside whilst preparing the other things. It will draw out the moisture and soften the veggies. (Later, you will wash the salt off and squeeze out the extra moisture).
Place the juice, tahini, garlic, and a handful of basil leaves in the blender and mix. This is your dressing. Set aside.
The rest is now just to create your masterpiece.
I placed a bed of spinach and snow peas, and after washing and squeezing out the water from the carrot and zucchini, tossed it in the dressing, chilli and chia seeds.
Place the veggies in a stack on the greens. Season with salt (if you like) and pepper, and top with avocado and tamari pepitas on top.
* Unhulled tahini. So, it doesn’t really matter whether you buy hulled or unhulled tahini. The upshot is that I have started buying unhulled because a) it tastes better (less bitter) and b) the hulls are fibrous and I think that is beneficial. Having said that, both are really nutritious and full of calcium, protein, B vitamins, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It also has amino acid Methionine which helps the absorption of other amino acids. Good stuff!
**also, just a note. The dressing made WAYYY too much so I have put it in a jar in the fridge for future salads. Please reduce the amount if you’d prefer not to keep it for later. I left my measurements as is because it tasted superb but you can always reduce it.