Each Saturday I pick up our bag of organic fruits and vegetables from our CSA share and I let this dictate what we will be eating for the week. I hit our local Co-Op and our grocery store to get any pantry items or other things I may need, and I just create each week’s meals inspired by what is in season and available from our farm.
I love this because it forces me to be creative and to come up with new recipes each week. It is hard to fall into a rut with eating and cooking when every week you get a bag with new produce. I am definitely going to miss this when the season ends in November.
I know many people serve spaghetti squash covered in sauce, just like it were regular noodles, but I wanted to do something a little different. Using some of the other beautiful produce from our CSA and adding in some fresh herbs from my garden, I was inspired to create this Mediterranean-esque salad. It has a wonderful crunch to it and it is full of beautiful fresh flavors and colors.
If you aren’t vegan or dairy-free, this salad is wonderful served with some crumbled feta cheese on top.
Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Salad – Gluten-free + Vegan
1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 small red onion, diced
1 banana pepper (or bell pepper), diced
1/2 cup kalamata olives (or black olives), chopped
1/4 cup fresh herbs, roughly chopped – I used a blend of oregano, mint and parsley
4 oz feta cheese (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon raw sugar or other sweetener
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, puncture a handful of holes all over the squash, on all sides, to keep it from bursting while baking.
Place the whole squash in a glass pan and bake for 1 hour, until the flesh is soft. Allow to cool until you can easily handle it and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibrous strings from the center of the cooked spaghetti squash. Using a fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash, gently scrape to shred the pulp into strands. It will happen very easily. Place the spaghetti squash in a large serving bowl, and place in the fridge to cool.
Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Once the squash has cooled to about room temperature or colder (I just make the squash the night before, place it in the fridge to cool overnight and toss the salad together the next day), add all of the other ingredients to the squash and toss well to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine.
Serve topped with additional fresh herbs and some crumbled feta cheese, if you wish!
For more of Beth’s recipes visit her blog Tasty Yummies.
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