This spiralized apple and cucumber salad is a perfect light side dish to accompany those heavier winter meals – and even makes a great snack!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by NOW Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.
Let me ask you guys a question – how is it possible that it’s almost Thanksgiving time?! I feel like the fall has completely flown by. That said, I’m getting overly excited at the thoughts of celebrating with family and friends, big ‘ol delicious meals, and putting up my Christmas decorations.
OK, OK. The Christmas decorations are already up. What can I say? Despite the fact that it always seems to approach so rapidly, I love this time of year! 😉
One thing that I do struggle with in November and December, though, is the abundance of heavier meals and treats that seem to find their way into my routine. I’m not going to use scare tactics and tell you people gain a ton of weight over the holidays. The truth is, they don’t – the average holiday weight gain is really only 1-2 pounds. And I’m all about enjoying some of those dishes, because it is the holiday season after all.
But what does seem to happen is just feeling more sluggish and “blah” from eating some of those less-healthy options more frequently. Do you guys know what I mean?
So here’s where this spiralized apple and cucumber salad comes in. When I’m feeling like “ugh, I think I overdid that dinner last night”, this salad is a go to for lunch along with a piece of grilled chicken. It’s also the perfect healthy side dish to serve alongside those heavier meals, or to simply eat as a delish snack.
What do I love about this salad? It’s super fresh, with those hydrating cucumbers alongside crisp, tart green apples. The dressing combines nutty, smooth pumpkin seed oil with tangy apple cider vinegar and sweet honey. All together, these few simple ingredients create flavorful and visually stunning salad.
And if you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t despair – you can still make this salad the way I’ve been doing veggie noodles for years. Simply run a peeler over the fruit or vegetable (either the long way or in a circular pattern) to create ribbon-style noodles.
I was inspired to create this spiralized cucumber and apple salad when I snagged some pumpkin seed oil in my NOW Foods monthly order. They have an amazing selection of cooking and finishing oils – think pumpkin seed oil, avocado oil, brazil nut oil, and flavor-infused coconut oils! I highly recommend checking them out for your own cooking delights – or to create a fun fancy oil gift basket this holiday season for the chef in your life.
Back to the pumpkin seed oil – I had only eaten this a few times previously, but I knew that it had a deep, nutty flavor. Just like the name sounds, the oil is created by roasting the pumpkin seeds, then cold-pressing them. The result is a delicate and flavorful oil that retains more nutritional value than some of the other oils on the market.
Pumpkin seed oil is used for drizzling, dressings, and finishing dishes. Most advise not to cook with it, as the oil can turn bitter when heated.
It works wonderfully in the dressing for this salad – I think you’ll be surprised just how well it pairs with the apples and cucumbers. I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think!
This spiralized apple and cucumber salad combines hydrating cucumbers alongside crisp, tart green apples, all tossed in a nutty pumpkin seed oil dressing.
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 2 tsp pumpkin seed oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
Peel your cucumber and apple. Spiralize each of them and place in a bowl or on a plate.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin seed oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over your salad and toss until well combined. Enjoy!
- If you don’t have a 1/8 tsp measure, it’s really just a pinch of salt and pepper. Or add it to taste.
- If you don’t have a spiralizer, simply run a vegetable peeler over the cucumber and apple to create ribbon-like noodles for this salad.
- This makes 1-2 servings, depending on how you’re using it (i.e. side vs. snack vs. most of main meal).
Nutrition facts (approximate for entire recipe):
230 calories, 10 grams fat, 2 g sat fat, 34 grams carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g protein, Vitamin A: 4%, Vitamin C: 22%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 4%