These no-cook zucchini noodles with quick Italian dressing are a veggie-centric take on classic pasta salad. This crowd-pleasing side dish comes together in hardly any time at all and is the perfect addition to any summer gathering!
Do you ever get excited about an idea and then just put off taking action? You have all the tools, you know what you want to do, and then… you don’t do anything at all. Why? Well, you’re probably afraid it won’t work out. You’re afraid of failing.
I hate to admit it, but I do it all the time.
I gather up all of my textbooks, crack open my laptop, grab my notebook, and sit down to do my homework. I end up spending two hours scrolling through social media, chatting with my roommates, and finding random snacks. I mean, all of those things are easier and more appealing than the homework – at least until deadlines loom nearer.
I make a list of 2309821 recipes I want to make, and then I don’t develop them for way too long. You know, the ideas could be a total flop, and I don’t want that. That’s a waste of time and ingredients, and then I have to go back to the drawing board.
I want to try a new workout, and I know mixing it up is good for me, but I fall back on some “regulars” when the time comes. That new workout might be above my fitness level, and then I’ll feel weak if I can’t do it immediately, so I don’t even try.
I get the Inspiralizer I’ve been wanting and I don’t use it for 3 months because it’s obviously going to be the hardest thing in the entire world and I don’t want to feel stupid. Also, the outside world will probably judge me for making noodles out of vegetables.
Make sense? Well, I know it doesn’t actually make sense, but I’d be willing to bet you’ve done this before. No one wants to fail.
Overcoming the problem
Honestly, the only way to do this is to just do it – “it” being whatever you were putting off before.
For me, this means I recently got off the couch and spent the evening getting familiar with my Inspiralizer. You want to know something? It really is super easy. It took a little playing around to get the hang of it, but once I did, I was twirling my way through carrots and zucchini and having a blast.
Yes, I’m a little bit weird. Cutting veggies into different shapes is fun for me. It’s okay.
What happens when you get through your mental blocks? Well, you usually feel pretty great.
If you were putting off work, the work gets done and you can do what you really want to do guilt-free.
When you finally decide to make a new recipe, it either turns out to be delicious or you learn how to make it more delicious. Win-win.
Every time you choose a new workout, you get a little stronger. The next time you do it, it gets a little bit easier.
And when you start spiralizing your veggies, you (can) end up with No-Cook Zucchini Noodles with Quick Italian Dressing.
I made this incredibly simple side dish to give newly-paleo me something extra to eat at a family gathering, and it was a hit all around. Pasta salad is a staple summer gathering side, and I wanted to do a veggie-packed take on that. I mixed up a light Italian-style dressing and tossed it with some carrot and zucchini “noodles”. It turned out to be super tasty and pairs great with everything from burgers to chicken.
Bonus: you can totally make this the night before, and it stays good for about three days. So, it’s as good for gatherings as for early-week meal prep.
- 1 carrot (~110 g.)
- 2 zucchini (~600 g.)
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 t. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 t. garlic powder
- 1/2 t. oregano
- 1/2 t. basil
- 1/4 t. dried lemon peel
- Pinch salt
- Spiralize your zucchini and carrot (I used a spaghetti blade) and combine in a medium bowl. If you don't have a spiralizer, you could use a vegetable peeler to get long, thin ribbons.
- Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and spices.
- Toss the dressing with the zucchini and carrot noodles. Refrigerate overnight or serve immediately. Salad stays fresh for three days in the fridge.
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Do you put things off out of fear of failure?
Have you spiralized anything? What’s your favorite?