I’ve did it. I’ve found my “go-to” healthy dish when I’m in a crunch. This spiralized cucumber and watermelon salad is going to be my “I’m too busy to cook doing _______ and I need something quick!” dish that I make. At home, for a grill out, or even a potluck, this easy salad is full of flavor, easy on the waistline, and screams “summer is here!”
Have you ever noticed how you get a fresh lemon on the side when your order salmon or other seafood dishes? Do you use it? Trust me when I tell you to squeeze all the life you can out of that lemon slice and onto your seafood.
My go-to salad has always been a really well made chicken caesar salad. On the whole, my salad eating tends to go in waves. I like salad, but I’ve never been that woman who orders it for lunch.
I’m not going to lie – I was scared to make this dish. I love butternut squash noodles, but after redoing this recipe a handful of times to make sure I’d calculated everything correctly, I thought to myself “how is anything under 200 calories going to satisfy me?!”
Let’s get the elephant out of the room – if you don’t have a spiralizer, what are you waiting for?! Unless of course you don’t like zucchini noodles, then I suppose you probably aren’t wasting your time reading this…but if you like veggie noodles or are interested in trying them, then I repeat – what are you waiting for?! Let’s be honest, you’ve likely spent $30 on worse things.
Who said comfort food couldn’t be healthy? And low carb. And under 500 calories. And filled with zucchini noodles and ricotta meatballs. Eat all the baby carrots you want, but sometimes you need a filling, hearty meal, and you don’t have to break your diet or your waistline to get it.
Spiralizing! If you’re not doing it, than it’s time to get on board with this healthy lifestyle! I’ve been spiralizing for almost 2 years now, and it’s opened up my mind to so many healthy alternatives to actual, carby, high-calorie pasta. While I started with zucchini noodles, since then I’ve spiralized so many other foods – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, apples, broccoli stems, parsnips, and kohlrabi. One vegetable that I hadn’t tried and was excited to was an onion. Any short cut I can take with onions is a win in my book. I cry like a baby and end up with puffy eyes that are past ridiculous; all from dicing some damn onions. And I LOVE onion, so not having it in my food is simply not an option.