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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Angel Hair Salad

This one is perfect for late summer. Fresh, cool and tangy. No boiling pasta either, because this angel hair happens to be yellow summer squash. Love it!

I used my spiral slicer to turn the summer squash into tiny thin strands, much like angel hair pasta. They retain the crispness--not soggy like pasta. Add to that the great summer veggies. Healthy meal in no time.

In the August Diner News, I published a copycat recipe for Olive Garden Italian Dressing.  This is what goes on top. Make that recipe up, use it to flavor everything, and you won't even need salt and pepper. You can use any kind of creamy Italian dressing, or just keep an oil based dressing, It will still be good. I did add a little Parmesan cheese, though. If you don't do cheese, you may prefer a little salt.

This is one of the method recipes more than a get out the measuring cups and scales. Love those, as I am seldom disciplined enough to measure. If I include this in another volume of Low Carbing Among Friends, I will have to try to measure more closely!

Angel Hair Salad

1 large yellow summer squash, or two small ones
1 medium green bell pepper
6 grape tomatoes
1/4 red onion
1 ounce pepperoni slices or cubes
1/2 -3/4 cup creamy Italian dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Cut squash into noodle shapes with a spiral slicer. Finely dice the bell pepper, tomatoes, onion and pepperoni. Toss vegetables and pepperoni together with the Italian dressing. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Chill one hour before serving.

Like I said, this is a method. You could leave out the pepperoni all together, or add in ham or salami strips. Change up the veggies- go Greek by adding cucumber and olives. I think banana pepper slices would be awesome too. The spiral slicer I use is just one of the cheap little models like this one. I treat it delicately, but it hasn't broken in a couple of years....

With the temperatures here, this is about the best I have to offer. We have had wildfires around and temps over 110 degrees. Craziness for sure. I am so ready for fall!

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Connie said...

I have this spiral slicer and LOVE it! I use Zucchini angel hair all the time and love it al dente!

DeAnnah said...

Where can you purchase a spiral slicer? I've never heard of it, but I'm intrigued!!

Lisa Marshall said...

DeAnnah, you can order them online or buy them at health food stores. My version is really cheap, and got several bad reviews. I am really careful with it and it has lasted more than two years. Here is the link.

Elle @ (Eat.Style.Play) said...

I brought one of these once and I didn't get this much "noodle" out of it! I want to try again! THis looks soooo yummy!

KatoWi said...

I have this spiral slicer for a while now and haven't had any trouble with it:

It can do angel hair veggies plus really thin medallions by a flip of a lever. I really like it!

Lisa Marshall said...

They look just the same--mine makes ribbons too.

Retta said...

I almost didn't read this one, since I thought you were talking about shiratake noodles. I'm so glad I read it! This sounds perfect for these hot days.Yesterday was 108! I have a yellow squash, and am SO making this tomorrow. Thanks Lisa!

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