Asian-Style Spaghetti Squash Slaw
Updated: Jan 29, 2018
This recipe was made out of sheer boredom of the same old spaghetti squash recipes. I find the texture of the spaghetti squash when it's steamed to be different than when it's baked and it lends itself well to fresh salads. This recipe can be used as a side dish, in homemade rice paper rolls, or topped with lean protein like grilled chicken or tofu. Spaghetti squash is high in beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that gives fruits and vegetables it's orange/yellow pigment, and is essential to so many bodily functions like vision as well as skin and reproductive health. So you really can't go wrong with this one.
FOR THE SALAD:
½ spaghetti squash, cut lengthwise, seeds removed
¼ small purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 stalk of green onion, thinly sliced & a little more for garnish
1 tbsp. sesame seeds & a little more for garnish
FOR THE DRESSING:
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger (or ground dried ginger)
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 ½ tbsp. honey
¼ tsp. sesame oil
½ tsp Sriracha or other chili sauce
In a glass baking dish, place spaghetti squash face down and cover bottom with about 1 inch of water. Microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until the skin is easily pierced with a fork.
While the squash is cooking, prepare the dressing. Add all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until combined. Set aside.
Remove squash from microwave, scoop out the flesh with a fork onto a dish and let cool in the fridge about 20 minutes. Once completely cooled, remove from the fridge and drain excess water using a paper towel. Give the squash a rough chop so the strings are smaller in size.
Add squash, purple cabbage, carrots, green onions, and sesame seeds in a medium bowl. Toss together.
Add dressing to salad and toss until well coated.
Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.
NUMBER OF SERVINGS: 6
NUTRITION PROFILE (per portion): Calories: 60 kcal, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 2 g, Fiber: 2 g
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy