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Tomato-Basil Zucchini Noodle Salad

Posted in Salads by Janet M on August 7, 2013

Tomato-Basil Zucchini Noodle Salad

You don’t know how good you had it until you leave.

Except I already knew how great Toronto was… Sure, it had its quirks but it has been my favourite city to live in.

This weekend, Rob and I watched a movie that epitomized why I adore Toronto, and then some. Take This Waltz unashamedly showcases the beauty of Toronto. The colourful palate of Parkdale, the quirkiness of Kensington Market (although, to be fair, I have never seen a picnic bench outside Essence of Life) and the touristy rickety rickshaws. Despite living in Toronto for 5 years, both of us discovered more fun things about Toronto. There is an indoor scrambler at Centreville, complete with dance music and lights.  Even I think that sounds awesome!

Despite Hannah’s latest ode to Toronto, complete with Kensington jenga and mung bean ice cream, my heart tugs only gently.

In the meantime, while I am accumulating more ideas for things to see and do when I return, I am focusing on where I am now. Because, you know what – Houston is pretty awesome, too! My time here will be short, so I better capitalize on these evenings which are a balmy 25C. Perfect when relaxing/napping on a hilltop while next to an outdoor Shakespeare performance.

And that mung bean ice cream? I bet it can’t compare to Ripe’s (vegan, homemade) coconut-almond peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chips and date caramel. (SOOO good!)

Anyways, it is salad week. Here is a simple zucchini noodle salad with a bruschetta-like topping with tomatoes, basil and garlic. Late summer in a bowl. A salad in another form, without leafy greens, but with long zucchini noodles. The next time I made this, I added chopped almonds for a bit more crunch. Delicious!

Tomato-Basil Zucchini Noodle Salad

This is my submission to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes.

Tomato-Basil Zucchini Noodle Salad
Adapted from Post Punk Kitchen

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
2 tbsp fresh basil, slivered
1 small tomato, chopped
1 medium zucchini, spiralized
chopped almonds, optional
salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, basil and tomato.

2. Stir in zucchini noodles. Season to taste and top with chopped almonds.

Serves 1.

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  1. sandrajsm said, on August 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I have to try making zucchini noodles. What a great idea. And I know what you mean about leaving – I always say the best reason for taking vacations is to realize how much you love where you are.

  2. Davida @The Healthy Maven said, on August 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Ohhh Toronto how I love thee. It took living in Montreal and NYC to really get a sense of how much a loved it! Toronto isn’t going anywhere though and I’m sure you’re making fabulous memories where you are now!

  3. heathergfc said, on August 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    This raw meal has my name written all over it! I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner tonight so I’m hopping through my favorite blogs. Thank you!!

  4. Joanne said, on August 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I feel like you can’t really appreciate a place until it’s gone. But all you can do right now is make the most of your current surroundings! This zucchini pasta dish sounds awesome!

  5. kimmythevegan said, on August 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Oh this sounds good!! I think I just might make this for dinner later this week =) I have everything already. I even have yellow zucchini to make it look more past-y ;p

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Thanks, Kimmy. It is funny because the Italian zucchinis here are cheaper than the green zucchinis, which is the opposite of Canada… but the little flecks of yellow definitely make a prettier mock pasta. :)

  6. Hannah said, on August 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Oh heck, I’m with you. That ice cream sounds/looks EPIC. :D

  7. sprint2thetable said, on August 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the South! I love this dish, but I have to say… the ice cream stopped my in a tracks. :)

  8. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    This salad sounds wonderful! And I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home even as the old one tugs a little at times :)

  9. Gaby said, on August 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Toronto does sound pretty amazing! I’d love to visit again, I went once when I was 14, so way too long ago! But, I am excited to share more of Houston with you! I admit the giant scrabble board is cool and I don’t know if we have one of those, but I can take you to giant jenga, and if you haven’t been to our china town, it’s basically like going to Asia. All kinds of ice creams and ice desserts and food and $20 foot massages. It’s one of our favorite date nights, cheap sushi and massages!
    I have yet to try Ripe cuisine at the market! I think this weekends is a mint chocolate :)

  10. Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies said, on August 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    It’s hard moving all the time isn’t it! I moved every year since I was 18 and now we’ve been in our current location for 2 years we thought we would settle here but we’re so used to moving now that we’re not sure if we’ll ever be able to settle anywhere. I really hope you settle in soon there for the time you are there.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Wow, what an interesting way to look at it… I definitely love Toronto and want to return to settle there. We’ll see how it all pans out, though.

  11. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on August 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I am loving living in Toronto but still feel I have so much to experience and see. It’s just never ending! I am definitely going to have what to try and watch that movie so I can learn more about it.

    It’s funny how moving away makes you appreciate what you had in your old home. I got so homesick living in Ireland I came back early. Which is funny because I desperately wanted to leave Kingston when I moved initially. Funny time away does :)

    This salad looks so fresh and seasonal! I was just gifted some fresh from the garden tomatoes and this sounds perfect!

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  14. Miachel (Spiced Curiosity) said, on August 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Looks delicioso! :)

    I found your sweet recipe from Healthy Vegan Friday. Have a great week!

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    this looks great!

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