Sometimes all you need for lunch is a big plate of vegetables doused in good fat sitting alongside a tall glass of raw milk. And sometimes it’s just what I need in the heat of the summer when I try to make breakfast the heaviest meal of the day, getting all of my cooking in before my kitchen and I hit the melting point.
But who needs to argue for a vegetable salad at a time of year when there’s all the zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, and peppers you can eat. I combine a few of these, cut into noodle shapes, with our homegrown garlic and sunflower seeds for extra crunch and protein.
Dressed simply with olive oil and vinegar and with just a pinch of turmeric to color it a beautiful golden hue, this salad will be gracing our table again and again as we beat the heat and try to stay ahead of the garden produce.
Mid-Summer Vegetable Noodle Salad
Recipe Note: Feel free to exchange some of the squash or cucumber for bell pepper strips.
- 3 medium summer squash of any variety
- 1 large cucumber, peeled if desired
- 3 cups green beans, trimmed and snapped into bite-sized pieces
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil (where to buy olive oil)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (where to buy raw apple cider vinegar)
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (where to buy organic, raw sunflower seeds)
- sea salt to taste
- Steam green beans until tender. Set aside to cool.
- Cut squash into noodles using either a spiral slicer (I use this one), a julienne peeler (this is mine), or by slicing long thin strips from the vegetables with your knife. Repeat using cucumber. If the cucumber doesn’t slice well due to the high water content, simply cut it into bite-sized pieces.
- Add sliced vegetables to medium-sized bowl and sprinkle with just a little bit of salt. Let stand 5-10 minutes. Squeeze as much excess moisture as you can out of vegetable noodles.
- Mix in green beans, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, turmeric, and sunflower seeds. Season gently with salt and mix well to combine.
- Taste and adjust salt and vinegar as desired. Serve as a main dish lunch salad alongside with some raw milk or cheese, or as a vegetable addition to a summer cook out spread.