Ooh, I’m having so much fun creating fast, easy recipes for The Sparkle Project!

This Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad is fresh and healthy, ridiculously easy to make, and makes a gorgeously festive side dish for your holiday parties.

Add avocado slices or a sprinkle of spice (cayenne pepper?) if you’re in an adventurous mood, or just enjoy the simple, delicious flavour combination as is.

If (like me) you don’t own a mandoline, you can just use your vegetable peeler.  Press down firmly and move it slowly along the zucchini or check out this demo video.  These ‘ribbons’ also work really well in Raw Lasagne or Raw Green Spaghetti. A fun, gluten-free alternative brimming with antioxidants and Vitamin C.  xx
 

Raw Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad

 

Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad
 
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Goodies
  • 2 Zucchini (courgette)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt & cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Lay zucchini lengthwise on a chopping board.
  2. Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, remove one outer strip of skin and discard. Peel again, in long strips and periodically rotating the zucchini, to create 'ribbons' from all around the core. Discard the core or use it in another recipe (or juice it!).
  3. Place zucchini ribbons in a large bowl and drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Mix well (but gently) to coat all ribbons.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. Rinse frozen peas under warm water.
  6. Arrange zucchini ribbons on serving plate, top with peas and mint leaves, and serve.

 Raw Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad

 

15 Comments on Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad

  1. Brittany
    December 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    This is GORGEOUS!! SO much green and so vibrant!! YUM!

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      December 12, 2013 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Britt! It’s a great one to take along to ‘wow’ them at holiday parties, right? Who says you don’t win friends with salad?? 😉 x

      Reply
  2. Koren
    December 12, 2013 at 2:59 am (4 years ago)

    I seriously CANNOT WAIT to try this! I seem to always have a hankering for greens and this vivd plateful is sure to satisfy, methinks. Thanks!

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      December 12, 2013 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

      Oh, get into it, Koren! You’ll love it. The sweet peas & the zesty lemon with fresh mint… it’s a killer combo! 🙂 x

      Reply
  3. Natalie Tamara
    February 15, 2014 at 12:48 am (3 years ago)

    I really am falling in love with your salad recipes – they all sound so fresh!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      February 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Natalie. 🙂 This is another super quick and easy one! x

      Reply
  4. Jessica Perez
    June 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m sorry if this is a silly question, but are you supposed to cook the zucchini in any way? I am thinking of serving this to non-vegans and wondering if I should blanche them a little? Thanks so much.

    Reply
    • Vegan Sparkles
      June 16, 2015 at 4:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Nope, just raw, crunchy and delicious, Jessica! You can blanche them a little if you like, but they really are delicious raw, I promise! 🙂 xx

      Reply
      • Jessica Perez
        June 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm (2 years ago)

        Great! Thank you so much! I really love your site. It has helped me a lot in making the transition to vegan this year.

      • Vegan Sparkles
        June 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

        Oh I’m so happy to hear that, Jessica! Please just shout if I can help with any other questions. xx

  5. Robyn Smith
    December 24, 2015 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    Does the zucchini discolour at all, if the salad is made the day before?

    Reply
    • Vegan Sparkles
      December 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm (1 year ago)

      It doesn’t discolour, Robyn, but it might dry out a little. If you wrap it tightly and keep it in the fridge (sans dressing) it should be fine for the next day. 🙂

      Reply

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