Monday 15 April 2019

Carrot and Zucchini Noodle Salad -Recipe Swap April 2018

This is my recipe swap challenge for the month of April. This Month my partner was Veena who blogs at Looking through Venna's blog was really interesting. She has a lot of really exciting recipes, some with ingredients that were new to me. I book marked a fair few of them and hope to cook my way through them.

For the challenge though, I chose her Carrot and Zucchini noodles recipe. It's a simple recipe but I love both the ingredients and it is a perfect salad idea for our lunch boxes. As a family we are also on a healthy eating programme so it made sense to make this recipe.

I did make a few minor changes to the recipes. I could not get black carrots so I used some asparagus together with the orange carrots and zucchini. The flavours in Veenas salad were simple so I pepped up my version by adding added a few more ingredients to the dressing to give the salad a little spicy kick.

Yield: 2

Carrot and Zucchini Salad with Peanut dressing

Spiralised Carrots and Zuccini with a tangy spicy peanut dressing.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 3 Mtotal time: 13 M


  •  Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 large carrot peeled and spiralised
  • 1 large zucchini spiralised
  • 10 stalks tendar asparagus
  • 40 g dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon  white sesame seeds


  1. In a pan add some water and when it comes to boil add the asparagus and boil for three minutes after which remove the asparagus with a slotted spoon and place in iced water to stop cooking. Drain and add to a large bowl.
  2. To the Asparagus add the spiralised carrot and zucchini.
  3.  Coarsely grind 30 g of peanuts and add to the salad.
  4. Add all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a lid and shake to emulsify.
  5. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  6. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with remaining whole peanuts and sesame seeds.
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  1. It looks and sounds delicious! I want to try it this week. I've never had raw zucchini before, does it taste like cucumbers?

  2. What with carrots and everybody seems to include it in their dishes?

  3. I absolutely love Thai-style salads with peanuts! I love how you have added various ingredients to this salad - asparagus, zucchini, carrot and garlic. Sweet and sour and spicy, this must have been such a delight to eat! :)

  4. That is a beautiful looking salad with a pop of colors and simple flavors...

  5. Such a delicious salad. I do agree veena's food is amazing. This salad is so very flavourful n pretty too.

  6. Salad sounds simple yet delicious and flavourful. Loved the use of peanuts and sesame seeds. Superb share.

  7. Such a simple and easy recipe! The whole platter looks so elegant. A vibrant and colorful meal, both Healthy and hearty !❤️

  8. This would definitely make a perfect salad. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. the salad look very delicious. I love the way taste of zucchini and sweetness of carrot work together

  10. I love peanut dressing! It's one of my all time favorites! I'll have to try this recipe.

  11. This looks so simple to make! Looking forward to making this delicious meal as I'm always looking to incorporate more veggies into my family's life.

  12. I have never heard of making peanut dressing but I LOVE anything with peanuts so I am sure I would love it... plus it is much healthier of a choice! Thank you!

  13. Ooh. So glad I came across this. I just bought a spiralizer. Can't wait to try.

  14. Recently we started having carrots and courgette noodle salad, and love it.You have nice dressing to with some crunch too.

  15. two of my favorite vegies in my favorite dish! wow! this is gold!

  16. This looks delicious. I feel like putting in a seasame seed dressing for this!

  17. Getting a spiralizer has been on my list for so long but I still don't have one however I do often buy the ready made spiralized veg from the supermarket. Next time I am definitely going to try this delicious looking salad.

  18. Yum. I love a salad that features crisp carrots and zucchini. It's perfect for spring.

  19. This is such a healthy noodle recipe .. I had seen in a cookery show also recently. Would love to try it out if I could find these ready noodles in India

  20. such a beautiful looking salad with colors and simple flavors. the taste of zucchini and sweetness of carrot must be awesome one altogether

  21. I am not sure if my daughter would love this, but I know I have had to make some meals for my parents and this is something they would love I'm sure. Looks fairly simple to make too, which is nice.

  22. that's such a great and healthy option for any meal during the day... thanks for the idea, I need to switch things up a bit!

  23. Carrot zucchini noodles salad is such a nice side dish for any meal. The weather here in NY is getting better and all I can think of is bbqs . This could make an excellent side for grilled meats!

  24. What a hearty and soulful salad..I love the crunch of peanuts

  25. I am glad you liked it. Thanks for the mention. This salad looks so colourful , refreshing and very inviting. Love the changes you have made. Let me try with these changes too and you have presented it so well

  26. This post makes me want to buy the spiralizer really soon. Love the beautiful salad and so healthy! Love the asparagus in the recipe to give a different layer of flavor!

  27. The salad looks so delicious and colourful with all the healthy veggies. Lovely share.

  28. Healthy and tasty YES please - qick and easy - always a winner


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