Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Courgette Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

There are sometimes days when I just crave vegetables. There doesn't seem to be a clear pattern to this of any sort, given that it can occur just as strongly whether I've been eating fruit+vegfully for days or eating through a pack of Choices caramel chocolate (mmm). Suddenly I feel the urge to just chomp my way through a pile of greenery with no sauces or dressings or cooking or anything. No frills (no skills), just cold plain raw vegetables. Chomp.

You'll be pleased to know that this recipe does not just consist of vegetables and nothing else - to accompany meals such as the above, I've devised a very quick far Eastern-inspired sauce, which is insanely delicious - the spice kind of counteracts the "coldness," of the salad, too, which I love. Contrast and that.

As anyone who eats anything raw knows, this meal is pretty hefty chompwork. It will leave you feeling full and sated (if you're of a similar size and weight to me) but doesn't actually contain many calories, so don't be surprised if you need to snack soon after - or if you're well-accustomed to eating raw, increase the portion as required;)

Things are mega busy right now so this may be the last post from me for a while! Got a tonne of recipes to share though, and perhaps a certain upcoming event to promote too:D Stay tuned ~

Courgette Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

by Shonalika Tilak
Cook Time: 15-20 mins
    For Salad
    • 1 courgette/zucchini
    • 1 tomato
    • 1 cooked beetroot
    • 1 spring onion/scallion
    For Sauce
    • 1 tbsp peanut butter
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp milk (for thicker sauce, use soy - other milks tend to be thinner, so adjust other ingredients accordingly)
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    1. Mix sauce ingredients with a fork. (You can use a blender, but its not necessary.)
    2. Use a vegetable peeler/spiralizer on the courgette/zucchini, chop other veg and mix together.
    3. Use the sauce for pouring or dipping. Enjoy!


    You can vary up the veg quite a bit - another one of my favourite pairings with this sauce is to use carrot ribbons and chopped silken tofu in place of the beetroot and onion. Mmmhmm.

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    1. Yum yum! I love courgettes, and I'm one of those monsters that would probably put 10 in a personal salad ;) Peanut sauce is also amazing - it makes everything taste more decadent and delicious.

      1. I think the only reason I don't is because I get bored of eating the thing after a while so would rather just snack on other stuff to make up! Peanut butter is just the most wondrous ingredient in the universe. <3 There is nothing it cannot do. Apart from appeal to nut allergy sufferers xD

    2. Oh my! Never tried spicy peanut sauce before but this look amazing!

      1. Oho! You must! Even people who tend not to like "raw" dishes have enjoyed this:D Thanks!

    3. What a lovely dish!!