My foray into the world of vegetables turned into noodles has been slow. There’s the whole textural thing happening that has given me pause. They may be shaped like a noodle, but clearly are not pasta, just like riced cauliflower and broccoli are not rice. Don’t get me wrong, I love them both, and I do adore vegetables. I guess I’m being contrary in the naming process.
Setting my little rant aside, there’s beauty and gloriousness in spinning a contraption which turns heaps of garden delights into strips and curlicues that resemble noodles, or purchasing them already spiralized at the market for a few bucks in the produce section.
Recipes are everywhere for zoodles and ziddles topped with cheese and marinara; sautéed with garlic or layered in a casserole dish with stuff. Mostly, they look like something I’d much rather have with real pasta.
One day, though, along came a summer salad-ish dish with roasted summer corn and tons of cilantro, all tossed together with sweet potato noodles and a chipotle dressing which was heavy with lime. Let me tell you, my taste buds perked up. What an enthralling dish, but how to pass off the sweet potato on my guy who definitely has a negative attitude toward sweet potatoes. You know, some story about eating way too many of the things while living in Africa as a kid.
Pinch of Yum – you were my muse into this foray; one of which I’m now continuing to explore with food-centric anticipation! In fact, last week we had a beet noodle salad with avocados, oranges and toasted pumpkin seeds. The sad part is I didn’t take any photos. The glad part is it was delicious.
Sweet Potato Noodle Salad
Recipe is courtesy of Pinch of Yum, slightly adapted.
For the sweet potato salad
- olive oil
- 2 sweet potatoes, spiralized (or purchased noodles)
- 4 ears sweet corn (kernels cut off the cob)
- 1 generous cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ cup pepitas
For the dressing
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 individual chipotle peppers, canned in adobo sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons agave or honey
- juice of one orange
- juice of one lemon or lime (I used lime juice in place of orange and lemon, approximately 1/3 cup)
- generous pinch of salt
- Heat a little bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potato noodles and toss for a minute or two until softened. (I cooked mine about 5 minutes.)
- Wipe the skillet out so it’s dry. Add the corn kernels and turn the heat to medium high. Toss around in the pan every few minutes until roasted.
- Toss the noodles, corn, cilantro, and pepitas together. Save a little of each ingredient for garnishing the salad.
- Pulse the dressing ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust to your liking.
- Toss with the salad ingredients.
As for my guy, he ate it and loved it! Score one for the sweet potato.
Happy eating, my friends –