Easy Greek Znoodle Salad
A while back I got a ton of zucchini squash on sale for a dollar a bag. I ended up grabbing three bags and each weighed over 3 or 4 lbs of squash. We had some for several nights that week for dinner but after a few days, I knew I better come up with some new ways to use it up or start processing it for the freezer.
We love zucchini, but I knew eating 12 lbs before it went bad would be tough so I did slice several lbs up and put those in the freezer for things like soup and stir fry later. I left some of the squash in the fridge so I could cook up some veggies for my lunches. A lot of the time I use any leftover protein from the night before and toss it in with some zucchini strips, aka zoodles and that’s lunch. Quick, easy and super tasty.
This easy salad was one of my lunches and it was a tasty and refreshing change for my zoodle routine. I still had it with some leftover chicken breast but instead of my usual butter and Parmesan cooked zucchini, I used my veggie peeler and left the zucchini strips uncooked. I love raw veggies so I already knew the uncooked zoodles would taste great but added in some amazing toppings that set this dish from good to super yummy!
Tasty and Quick!
The same day I found the zucchini on sale, I was so excited to find three containers of Feta crumbles for .49! No, that is not a typo! These containers I found were normally priced at 2.99 and since they were dated for the end of that month they had marked them down. Of course, cheese lasts longer than the store’s sale by date and Feta freezes well so I didn’t hesitate to grab all I could. I love that stuff and believe it or not so does my eight your old, so it doesn’t last long enough to go bad in our home.
This salad is super quick to put together. Along with the zucchini noodles and the feta cheese, you just toss in the olives cherry tomatoes and you’re ready for the dressing. The dressing is just as simple and can be mixed up and stored in a jar for up to a week. Since zucchini is a veggie that has lots of moister, it does start to release its water after a few hours in the dressing so I don’t like to add my dressing until I am ready to toss and serve. Even if there is some extra liquid in the bottom of the bowl it is still delicious and not an issue.
You could easily make a single serve or a double batch of this fresh salad. It’s great to have the dressing made up in the fridge so you can just grab a bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of dressing with your leftover proteins and have a healthy and filling lunch. If you are serving the salad right away you can add as much or as little of the dressing as you like then toss and serve. I like to chill mine some first before serving and when you do that it is best to keep the dressing separate until you are ready to dish it up and serve.