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Sjögren-Friendly Zucchini Salad Bowl


Zucchini, also known as courgette was completely unknown to me until I came to Canada. Unlike other vegetables, zucchini has a high-water content, an ideal option for people suffering from dry mouth or swallowing difficulties. This vegetable is low in calories and rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene. All great antioxidants for eye health. Zucchini is packed with essential nutrients that support bone and muscle health, such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese, but they are found mostly in the skin. Why not enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits of this simple, yet delicious summer salad!


Sjögren-Friendly Zucchini Salad Bowl


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

*2-3 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini ends trimmed

  • 1/2 medium lime, juiced

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 Hass avocado, diced

  • 1/3 cup frozen edamame cooked (as per package instructions)

  • 3 stalks of green onions, chopped

  • 1/3 cup sliced Kalamata olives

  • Fresh oregano, parsley, and basil to taste (optional)

Equipment

  • Spiralizer (if available)

  • Small bowl

  • Large bowl

  • Cutting board

  • Arthritis-friendly knife (click here for helpful tips)


Instructions

  • Using a spiralizer, cut the zucchini into thin spaghetti-like strands. Trim the strands into bite-size lengths, about 8-inches long and place them in a large bowl.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

  • Add diced avocado, olives, edamame, green onions, and herbs to the work bowl. Mix in the vinaigrette.

  • Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese to taste.

  • Serve immediately!


Extra tips:

✔ Pre-spiralized zucchini can be found in most major grocery stores (arthritis-friendly).


✔ You may serve it as a side dish, an appetizer, or a main meal.


✔ Store in refrigerator up to one day only. Avocado and zucchini tend to oxidate and darken with exposure to light.


Have you applied to the Let's Get Real Anti-inflammatory Nutrition & Lifestyle Program? I would love to hear from you. Let's thrive together!





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