Sunday, 16 August 2015

Vegetable Noodles with a Dill Dressing

Surely this salad looks a little more exciting than the classic side salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber? With a good dressing, a nice presentation and many different colours eating vegetables never has to to feel boring. The combination of dill and lemon feels so amazingly fresh and summery, and therefore they are included in the dressing for this salad and many other of my meals during the summer. The dressing also contains hemp seeds, which are mixed with the rest of the ingredients for a smooth and creamy dressing that is difficult to get enough of.

Hemp seeds are rich in protein and some minerals, and they are also a very good source of omega 3 fatty acids. I love using shelled hemp seeds because they are very easy to blend with a liquid to a creamy consistency. They are also fairly neutral in taste, so they are very useful in many different kinds of dishes and also in sweets. They can of course also be sprinkled directly on e.g. a salad or muesli and porridge. One tip is to keep all nuts, seeds and oils in the fridge, which reduces the risk of the healthy fats turning rancid.

If you don't have a spiralizer you could try to do noodles with a vegetable peeler instead. Or maybe even cutting the vegetables into very thin coins instead of making noodles. Carrots may also be added to the salad for some extra flavour, colour and nutrients.

Vegetable Noodles with a Dill Dressing

Serves 2

1 zucchini 

1 cucumber

1 1/2 small or 1 large lemon, squeezed 
4 tbsp shelled hemp seeds 
Herbal salt and black pepper to taste 
1 tablespoon oat milk or unsweetened nut milk 
1 tbsp olive oil 
3 tbsp finely chopped dill 

Tomatoes and possibly some marigold petals, for serving 

1. Make zucchini and cucumber noodles with a spiralizer. 
2. Blend all the dressing ingredients except for the dill with a hand blender until the dressing is as smooth as possible. Then add the dill and quickly blend again. 
3. Add half of the dressing to the noodles and mix it in with your hands until all the noodles are covered with dressing. 
4. Top off the noodle salad with the rest of the dressing, tomatoes and possibly some marigold. Enjoy!

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