Spiralized Zucchini Panzanella Salad

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This fresh Spiralized Zucchini Panzanella Salad is made with zucchini, mushrooms, vine-ripened tomatoes, and homemade crouton dressed in a zesty Lemon Vinaigrette. This recipe can be easily adapted to suit both gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyles.

Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad with Asian Dressing by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Zucchini Panzanella Salad

Plant-based eating continues to be a popular trend in the health and wellness space, and for good reason. Not only is plant-based eating better for the environment, but it is better for your overall health as well.

Studies show that consuming more whole, plant-based foods on a daily basis can help to reduce the risk of several chronic illnesses.

I always tell my students that the best way to enjoy more plant-based foods is to swap some of the traditional ingredients in your favorite dishes for plant-based options for a fresh and nutritious twist.

This summer at your family BBQ, try this fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad instead of your traditional anti-pasta salad made with white pasta and processed meat. This delicious twist that will help you to enjoy a mouth-watering plant-based salad swap with an extra serving of veggies!

Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad with Asian Dressing by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Heart Healthy Ingredient Swaps

One message I am passionate about is that everyone – regardless of their health – should enjoy their food and lifestyle while being mindful of their wellness. By making heart-healthy ingredient swaps, you can make a popular dish better for your heart.

By swapping this Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad for the traditional anti-pasta salad made with white pasta and processed meat, you are deciding to support your heart heath. Some other delicious heart healthy ingredient swaps include:

  • Using plant proteins rather than meat – think tofu, tempeh, or beans
  • Replace cow’s milk with hemp milk, sunflower seed milk, or almond milk
  • Use whole grains rather than refined grains
  • Load up on fresh herbs and spices to give your meals a little extra kick of flavor
  • When in need of sweetener, use a natural sugar substitute such as maple syrup, honey, or stevia
Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad with Asian Dressing by Emily Kyle Nutrition
Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Spiralized Zucchini Panzanella Salad

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Enjoy the fresh taste of summer with this Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad made with zucchini, mushrooms, vine ripened tomatoes, and homemade croutons. 

Ingredients

Homemade Croutons

  • ¼ loaf (or 2 slices) day-old bread of choice*, torn into 1" pieces
  • ½ teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley

Zucchini Salad

  • 2 small zucchini, spiralized
  • ½ pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 4 ounces baby portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 whole scallions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • ¼ cup Lemon Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the torn bread pieces in a single flat layer. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, and parsley. Toss gently to coat.
  2. Bake the croutons for 10-minutes, stirring once halfway through. The cooked croutons should be toasted and golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. If you haven't already, spiralize your zucchini into 'zoodles'. If you do not have a spiralizer, simply use a vegetable peeler to make thin strips of zucchini 'noodles'.
  4. In a large mixing bowl add the spiralized zucchini, grape tomatoes, roasted red pepper, sliced mushrooms, scallions. Toss well.
  5. Add the Lemon Vinaigrette to the bowl and toss well until all ingredients are lightly coated.
  6. Gently toss in the homemade croutons and fresh mozzarella. Serve immediately.

Notes

*To make this recipe gluten-free, start with a gluten-free loaf of bread instead of French bread, and follow the same process. Ensure all of your other ingredients are gluten-free as well including your soy sauce and other dressing ingredients.

**To make this recipe dairy-free, eliminate the mozzarella or opt for a plant-based cheese alternative.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 470mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 21g

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Fresh Zucchini Panzanella Salad with Asian Dressing by Emily Kyle Nutrition

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