Spaghetti Squash Is The Ultimate Low-Carb, Low-Calorie, And Gluten-Free Substitute For Regular Wheat Pasta. In This Tasty Vegan Salad, Tender Strands Of Spaghetti Squash Are Tossed With A Flavorful Assortment Of Italian-Inspired Ingredients.

Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-carb, low-calorie, and gluten-free substitute for regular wheat pasta. In this tasty vegan salad, tender strands of spaghetti squash are tossed with a flavorful assortment of Italian-inspired ingredients.
Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-carb, low-calorie, and gluten-free substitute for regular wheat pasta. In this tasty vegan salad, tender strands of spaghetti squash are tossed with a flavorful assortment of Italian-inspired ingredients.



Italian Spaghetti Squash Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or more to taste

  •  1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers

  • 1/2 cup sliced, pitted Kalamata olives

  • 1/4 cup finely shredded fresh basil

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts

  • Sprinkling of dried Italian seasoning


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Prick squash all over with a fork and place in a baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes or until squash is soft when squeezed.

  3. Set squash on a cutting board and let cool enough to handle. Use a sharp knife to cut squash in half lengthwise.

  4. Scoop seeds out of squash then use a large fork to shred the squash into a large mixing bowl.

  5. Add olive oil, vinegar, onion, peppers, olives, basil, and lemon zest, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. If you want to serve warm, immediately garnish with pine nuts and Italian seasoning. If you prefer a chilled salad, refrigerate for a few hours, garnishing with pine nuts and seasoning right before serving.


Cook's note: You can also garnish with a sprinkling of vegan cheese or nutritional yeast to give this vegan salad a cheesy flavor.

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