Salsa Zoodles (Spiralized Zucchini Noodles)

I finally made my first real recipe with my spiralizer.  I love the addition of that little machine to our kitchen tools.  All the times I've used the spiralizer before was just to learn how to use it.   I'm so glad the first time I used the zucchini noodles was with a homemade "salsa."  I was very pleased with it!  If you like a little heat in your dishes, you'll be pleased as well.

I love salsa more than any one person should, BUT I don't like just any salsa.  A lot of the jarred salsas are sweeter than I like and the tomatoes are smushy.  I'm not a sweet salsa kinda girl and the "smushy" tomatoes?  NO thank you!!  There's one place in town that has awesome salsa, just the way I like it. . . . all tomato-y, salty, spicy and not sweet at all.  I could go broke eating salsa at that place.   Because I love salsa (and we're on a budget), and because I'm a picky salsa eater, I sometimes make my own.

The most recent salsa I made was an olive salsa.  I was looking for an "authentic" Mexican recipe to make for our Disney party.  The olive salsa recipe was on a site that had a lot of recipes listed that were supposed to be authentic. I liked it because I LOVE olives.  It had olives, capers, pickled jalapenos, onions. . .

I wanted to use it as my inspiration for this recipe.  Alas, I did not make these zucchini noodles with an olive salsa because my hubby does NOT love olives as much as I do.  He also doesn't like spicy things, so maybe he wouldn't eat it anyway, but I erred on the side of caution!

This recipe uses all fresh ingredients except for the olive oil and pickled jalapenos, both of which we keep in our kitchen pantry or fridge, and lightly dried cilantro.

I had no idea there was such thing as lightly dried cilantro until my hubby showed up with it when I asked him if he could get cilantro for me a couple weeks ago.  Apparently, they didn't have any fresh cilantro.  That's okay.  This lightly dried cilantro lasts longer than fresh cilantro.  This little container is supposed to be one bunch, chopped and lightly dried.  I like it! I can't believe I didn't know about it before now. And BONUS!!~~ this one happens to be organic.

Here's what I used for this super-yummy salsa zoodle dish~~

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 green pepper, diced
about 1 cup of grape tomatoes, quartered
7 pickled jalapeno rings, chopped
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 medium zucchini, spiralized

green onion and cilantro for garnish

Directions
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet.
Add green peppers and cook for about 6 minutes until soft.
Add grape tomatoes and cook for about 1 - 2 minutes longer.

Add the jalapenos, garlic powder, tomato paste and cumin and cook for about 1 minute longer while mixing the tomato paste into everything.
Add the zucchini noodles and toss to incorporate all ingredients, turn burner to low and cook for about 2 minutes longer.

Top with green onions and cilantro.
Enjoy!

Have you ever tried a spiralizer?  If so, what's your favorite recipe?  Or do you have anther favorite kitchen tool?



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