This bright and little stunner of a salad is invigorating, bursting with flavour and uber simple to knock up. Spiralized butternut squash and cucumber compliment each other in sweetness and refreshing flavours, mixed with delicious little bites of bacon, goats cheese bound in a dressing of flat leaf parsley, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar.
It’s a great meal to take with you for a lunch on the go and will only take you minutes to prepare.
l find most cooking is straightforward and when you weigh up the benefits of knowing what’s in your food, the satisfactions of creating something nourishing, full of flavour and tweaked to your own personal taste buds is a no brainer for me.
But it hasn’t always been. I am one of the biggest suckers for marketing. And one thing the food industry is in a super league of their own is marketing and advertising.
For the last 40 years they’ve been gently guiding us to an ‘easier life’ of food, that we are told (via their marketing) we don’t have the time or inclination to cook. ‘We can do the mundane hard work for you’ or ‘help you make your own with our beautifully packaged sauce straight from the Italian masters’.
In reality its probably made in a factory in Dagenham and full of unpronounceable ingredients only the manufactures recognise as they create a specific colour ha, last an unnatural amount of time and save money. Who needs real tomatoes in a tomato sauce?
As well as being a sucker for marketing, I have been know to be partial to the odd kitchen gadget or two. Since starting this blog and cooking more I’ve realised how redundant most of them are and how easy it is to create great food simply with good ingredients.
There are kitchen utensils you can’t live without , a peeler, saucepan etc and for me my Spiralizer has now joined this haloed collection
If you don’t already own a spiralizer you can use a julienne peeler. And if your looking to buy one your be spoilt for choice from £10 hand help ones, to stand alone ones that can cost up to £45, but most are around £20.
And I think this is £20 very well spent as you can create some beautiful veggie ‘spaghetti’ and ‘noodles’ from courgettes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. As well as using it for raw ingredients such as onions, cucumber and celeriac.
There are sites and blogs dedicated to spriralizing and many recipes from food blogers and chefs and as this Lunch To Go demonstrates its super easy to create your own delicious creations.
LUNCH TO GO: SPIRALIZED SALAD
An super quick and delicious nourishing salad to enjoy anywhere simply pack in a lunchbox or Kilner jar.
Quantities given make two portions.
- 1 X Butternut Squash
- 1 x Cucumber
- 4 rashes or bacon (ideally nitrate free, from free range pasture reared pigs). For a vegan option sub for green olives.
- 2 x tablespoons of Coconut Oil
- 1 x tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 50g, 1.76 oz of goats cheese diced into small cubes For a DF option sub for nuts to add texture and flavour.
- 1 x handful of chopped parsley
- Peel and spiralize the butternut squash and put to one side
- Spriralize the cucumber and put to one side
- Cook your bacon how you prefer. I grill mine or put it on a baking sheet in the oven on 180c, gas mark 4, 350f for 10 minutes and then chop into .5cm slices.
- At the same time add your oil to a large roasting tin and put in the oven to melt, for approx. 1 min. Before adding the butternut squash and roasting for approx. 8 mins until it is soft and cooked through. If your take a piece out and taste it to check.
- Add your bacon pieces, chopped parsley and apple cider vinegar and warm through for another minute before adding the diced goats cheese and seasoning with salt and pepper to your taste. Enjoy immediately or leave and enjoy as a cold salad.
Notes : This salad will keep for up to 3 days covered in a fridge.