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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thai Sesame Lime Zoodle Haystack Salad

This was my contribution to my second potluck cookout of the day. Granted, I took the lazy way out and brought cheese to the first. But the second brought out a tad bit more effort today. After the weekend I have had, that is a big deal. Graduation week at school is a whirlwind of activity!

This salad is gorgeous. Put it into a trifle bowl, and you have a showstopper. It is light and flavorful too. And the secret is that I didn't even make the dressing from scratch. Just tried out the Aldi salad dressing. Like all things Aldi, you never know how long it is going to be around...but for now, I really like this. The sesame is not overbearing and the lime is just the right amount of citrus. It really brings out the flavors of the fresh veggies, but it is more interesting than the normal vinaigrette.

The recipe is more of a method. Just go with what you like! This is enough for a crowd, so you may want to half it for a family. This pretty much filled my trifle bowl. The idea of the haystack is the little pile of veggies you make on the plate. Go for a  mound like a haystack and have fun finding the little treasures of pepper, onion and tomatoes inside the zoodle strings.  It is fun to eat. I saw some friends swirling the noodle like spaghetti. I did bring leftovers home, but we had at least half a dozen terrific salads to choose burgers, chips and desserts.

Thai Sesame Lime Zoodle Haystack Salad

3 large zucchini squash
1 red or orange bell pepper
1/2 pint yellow or red cherry tomatoes
1/2 red onion
6 oz Aldi Specially Selected Thai Sesame Lime Dressing

Spiral cut the zucchini. Use kitchen shears to cut some of the strands so the salad will be easier to eat and serve. Dice pepper. Cut tomatoes in halves. Finely dice onion. Toss all vegetables with the dressing and chill for several hours. Stir again before serving.

Serves 12:   100 calories  4 net g carb (7)

If I had time today, I would have added some diced fresh cilantro and a few toasted sesame seeds to the salad. Truth is this morning, I couldn't decide whether to use this dressing or another Aldi offering--Roasted Bell Pepper Dressing. I didn't have time in my schedule to toast the seeds, and I hadn't purchased cilantro. Go ahead and plan to add them if you make this salad. Both dressings were good, so if you don't like tahini, go the pepper dressing route. If you don't have an Aldi nearby, just go with any favorite salad dressing. The veggies will love anything!

I recently ordered these cool bowl and plate toppers on Amazon.
They are so helpful when you want to cover a plate or serving bowl. I hate putting everything in ugly plasticware when I go to social events. These fit the bill. With so many sizes, there will be one to fit every dish, from dessert cups up to dinner plates. I love using them for my salads I take to school. No spills no mess and no plastic wrap coming undone. Order them from this link and I will make a little extra cash.  And if you don't have a spiral slicer, check this one out.

This would be excellent for a Memorial Day get together. No mayo to be worried about. I will have some other great ideas coming out soon too. This June Newsletter is going to be awesome!

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