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Asian Zoodle Salad Jars

Asian Zoodle Salad Jars - Spiralized zucchini noodles, yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges, crunchy wonton strips and sesame-ginger dressing. A portable and healthful make-ahead lunch! | foxeslovelemons.com

For several years now, a trip to Williams-Sonoma or any other kitchen store just hasn’t held the same allure. Don’t get me wrong, they’re full of amazing kitchen equipment and products. But the thing is – I’m all set. I’m not the biggest fan of single-purpose gadgets, so since I already have a beautiful set of pots and pans, some sharp knives, and a few high-quality small appliances (as well as a tiny kitchen with limited storage), I’ve resisted bringing anything new home for awhile now.

Asian Zoodle Salad Jars - Spiralized zucchini noodles, yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges, crunchy wonton strips and sesame-ginger dressing. A portable and healthful make-ahead lunch! | foxeslovelemons.com

I recently made an exception when I came across the gorgeous and healthy recipes over at Inspiralized. Using a tabletop, hand-crank machine called a spiralizer, vegetables can be cut into spirals that resemble noodles. It’s a fresh, fun new way to eat your veggies, and I just had to try it for myself! After a quick trip to Williams-Sonoma, I was in business. I guess every once in awhile, a little something new can keep me inspired in the kitchen.

Asian Zoodle Salad Jars - Spiralized zucchini noodles, yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges, crunchy wonton strips and sesame-ginger dressing. A portable and healthful make-ahead lunch! | foxeslovelemons.com

First up, a re-make of my Asian Noodle Salad Jars, using “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) in place of regular noodles. It’s just amazing how the zoodles really do take on the texture of traditional noodles! I also layered in some yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges and crunchy wonton strips. The Sesame-Ginger dressing stays in the bottom of the jar until you’re ready to stir and eat. Whip up a few of these Asian Zoodle Salad Jars this week and have a ready-made lunch waiting for you in the fridge!

Asian Zoodle Salad Jars - Spiralized zucchini noodles, yellow bell pepper, sugar snap peas, mandarin oranges, crunchy wonton strips and sesame-ginger dressing. A portable and healthful make-ahead lunch! | foxeslovelemons.com

Asian Zoodle Salad Jars

Yield: 4 jars

Ingredients:

For the Salad Jars:

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
  • 1 can (14 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup crunchy wonton strips

For the Sesame-Ginger Dressing:

  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Directions:

  1. Make zucchini noodles: Using a spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into noodles (you can also thinly slice the zucchini into strips). Lay zucchini noodles on clean kitchen towel. Lightly sprinkle with salt; let stand 15 minutes. Squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette: In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, ginger and sriracha. While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil, then sesame oil, until all oil is incorporated.
  3. Divide Sesame-Ginger Dressing equally among 4 pint-sized mason jars. Divide zucchini noodles over dressing. Layer with bell pepper, snap peas and oranges. If not serving right away, top with lids and refrigerate up to 2 days (storing wonton strips separately). When ready to serve, remove lid and pour off any excess moisture that may have come out of zucchini noodles (the dressing will remain in bottom of jar). Pour onto plate or bowl, top with wonton strips, stir and enjoy.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

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17 Responses to “Asian Zoodle Salad Jars”

  1. Inspiralized — April 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Looks fantastic! Pinned this !

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  2. Angela@JoyouslyDomestic — April 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    There’s that spiralizer! This looks scrumptious!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — April 29th, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

      Thanks Angela! I can see myself getting TOTALLY obsessed with zucchini noodles this summer.

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  3. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — April 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I love mine too-so much fun to play with.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — April 29th, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

      Have you blogged about any of your spiralized recipes yet, Jane? I need to come scope them out. I’ve been such a slacker on my blog reading lately 🙁

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  4. Sophia Del Gigante — April 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this and totally pinning!!! I have one of those jullienne slices that will come in handy!

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  5. littleredkitchen — April 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m finally forcing myself to buy one by putting a spiralized recipe on my editorial calendar. I think this will help me get through summer CSA season!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — April 29th, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

      Oh how I wish I would have had one of these when I was a CSA member! It really does make eating veggies just a tad more enjoyable 🙂

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  6. Mary Frances — April 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    These are so clever and beautiful to look at, and I’m sure the flavor is stellar! Great recipe!

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  7. The Hubs — April 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I had a couple questions that any husband would have upon entering into the kitchen to his wife using a spiralizer to make zoodles. 1) What is that? 2) How much did it cost? 3) Can I eat what it makes? Ultimately, this first recipe of zoodles answered all of those questions and, might I say, very well. I loved the dish and I made potato chips like two days later.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — April 29th, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

      But did I ever really tell you how much it cost? hahaha. It wasn’t much.

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    • Lyssa H replied: — September 2nd, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

      I got a vegetti (same concept) at walmart for like 12$

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  8. debattinella — May 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Now I want one!!! Fun looking gadget and I love gadgets! The salad looks pretty tasty too Lori.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — May 2nd, 2014 @ 9:36 am

      I gotta say…the spiralizer is pretty fun. And, it’s small, so it really doesn’t take up too much space in my storage cupboard.

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