This simple healthy courgetti salad flavoured with lemon juice and baharat spice mix makes a perfect bbq side dish or side salad for an easy weeknight meal.
This month The Recipe Redux challenged us to ‘get your fruits and veggies in shape‘. After all, this time of year really is the best for enjoying freshly picked fruits and vegetables. There’s so much in season at the moment and everything tastes so much better than in the middle of winter.
You don’t even need to put in a lot of effort to enjoy all the fresh produce. This courgetti salad for example, uses spiralized raw courgette (zucchini) and it’s so quick to make that it really is worth getting the spiralizer out of the cupboard for. But even if you don’t have a spiralizer, a simple vegetable peeler would make a perfectly acceptable substitute.
This salad is a seasonal mix of courgette and spring onion, tossed with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing but with the addition of Barts baharat spice mix, which is what really gives this salad its lovely spiced flavour.
Baharat is a peppery spice mix from the Middle East that combines paprika, coriander, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cloves and nutmeg. It’s great to add a little bit of heat to a salad dressing, lovely in a stew and delicious as a rub for foods that are going to be cooked on the barbecue. Or in my case, inside on the griddle pan. I’m using baharat a lot at the moment although this is just my first recent blog post to feature it.
This recipe represents quite a success in my own little world. Mr SearchingforSpice does not like courgettes. Even if I hide a few cooked ones in a pasta sauce he will pick them out and refuse to eat them. More for me! He’s rather good at picking out vegetable pieces he thinks he doesn’t like. Well, I fully expected him to not even try this courgetti salad but he not only tried a little, he ate rather a lot. I just wonder how soon I can get away with making it again. I may even be able to remake this lemon and courgette spaghetti one day!
A simple spiralized courgette salad with a lemon and baharat dressing.
- 1 large courgette
- 2 spring onions, sliced lengthwise and then into pieces about 5cm long
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 - 1 tsp baharat seasoning
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Spiralize the courgette or if you don't have a spiralizer you could slice it into thin strips using a vegetable peeler.
- Put the courgetti and spring onion in a bowl
- In a small bowl or jar mix together the remaining ingredients for the dresssing. Mix well or shake.
- Pour the dressing over the courgetti and toss together.
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