Zucchini Noodle & Cherry Salad

July has gone by fast! I was in Whistler for a week for training camp #1, then headed to Penticton right away for 10 days, and training camp #2. I love the Okanagan for many reasons, and one of them is the fruit... Especially the cherries, which are absolutely amazing. The wine and sunshine are high on the list too!

I ate so many cherries on their own before I decided I really need to get more creative and cook/bake with them too... Here are my creations: Zucchini & cherry salad, Cherry espresso cake and Cherry almond waffles. All gluten free, of course.


Zucchini Noodle & Cherry Salad

I have posted recipes using zucchini noodles before, here, here and here. You can use a spirooli (like I do), or a vegetable peeler to create long, thin zucchini stripes. There are also those handy julienne peelers, which are pretty versatile and cost effective!

Ingredients

  • 2 sausage of choice *
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 small-medium fennel
  • 1 mini cucumber
  • 6-8 cherries
  • 2 scallion1 tbsp silvered almonds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat. In the meantime, remove sausage from its casing and cut into bite size pieces. Cook sausages, turning every now and then until fully cooked
  2. While the sausages are cooking, prepare the rest of the dish
  3. Using a spirooli, make zucchini noodles. Place in a bowl
  4. Thinly slice the fennel, scallions and cucumber and add to bowl
  5. Remove pit from cherries, then quarter or slice. Add to bowl
  6. Once sausages are fully cooked, add to the bowl and mix
  7. Mix 1 tbsp olive oil with vinegar, mustard and honey in a small bowl. Shake well to mix. Add to the bowl and toss to combine everything
  8. Top with silvered almonds

Notes

Pick a good quality sausage, with no fillers, preservatives, etc. I used pork-apple sausage from Whole Foods for this one. If you in Victoria, Red Barn market is the place to go!


Next up are the cherry espresso cake and almond cherry waffles recipes! Hopefully all within the next week or so.

In other news, I have been wanting to create a meal plan subscription service for a while now... And I am hoping to have it all set up and ready to go by the end of September. The goal is to provide athletes and active individuals a weekly plan with 3 meals and 2 snacks for each day of the week. Real, tasty food and recipes that are easy and fast enough for anyone to make.

Given this is a general meal plan, not an individualized plan, the goal is to keep the cost of this subscription to under $1/day and there will be a guide to provide information about meal timing, substitutions and other useful pieces of information.

If you are interested, make a comment or send me a note.