The holidays are in FULL swing, which for me means brainstorming and planning 2014; this month also heralds the beginning of a hectic season of catering. As I get busy during the day, I sometimes come up for air and realize I haven’t had food in hours, which leaves me hungry and scrambling for a sustenance.
This zucchini salad has quickly become my stand-by quick food source during the day, because it couldn’t be easier to prepare; this salad is an exercise in make ahead food! The salsa can be made ahead, and the zucchini can be shaved days in advance, so when the time comes for quick, high frequency food to fuel your day, this salad is ready in a pinch- it’s all assembly!
I want to stress the importance of food as fuel during stressful times; when we are under nourished AND stressed, the result is sickness. I don’t know about you, but getting sick during the holidays does all sorts of sabotage to my yuletide cheer. Raw food is a friend to us all during the winter, despite what you might think; because raw foods are brimming with nutrients that fortify the body and promote immunity- Eat RAW, be WELL!
In the nature of keeping it brief, because we are all phenomenally busy, I present to you Shaved Zucchini and Black Bean Salsa Salad- perfect food for the busy!
Shaved Zucchini and Black Bean Salsa Salad
1 lrg zucchini, washed and shaved with a peeler
3 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 small onion, minced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 can BPA Free Black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp salt
In a bowl combine, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, onion, jalapeno and beans, and toss with lime juice and oil; season with salt and reserve.
When you are ready to serve the salad, fold in the shaved zucchini. PERFECT food for the busy!
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