Apr 112015

Raw Rainbow Ribbon Swirl with Peanut Sauce

Raw Rainbow Ribbon Salad DetailThis may be the most beautiful salad you ever make, Bright, colorful spiral ribbons of fresh raw vegetables are impossible to resist. You can pair this with a variety of dressings but we especially like a Spicy Peanut Dressing. By using Tamari it’s gluten-free dish. If soy’s not a worry, regular soy sauce is perfect.

Skill: Easy/Intermediate
Cost: $$$$
Nutrition: ♥♥♥
Skills: slicing, spiraling, measuring
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Rainbow Ribbon Summer Squash Salad

  • 1 small zucchini (green summer squash)
  • 1 small yellow summer squash
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • cilantro, chopped to garnish


  1. Slice both summer squash in half crosswise
  2. Use a spiralizer to make ribbons of squash. Trim long ribbons in half for easier eating.
  3. Add all ingredients to salad bowl and toss well to mix
  4. Top with cilantro.
  5. Serve in small salad bowls.
  6. Add dressing at the table.

Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy (tamari works great too)
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine or cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark sesame Oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil (optional though not for us!)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  1. Directions:
  2. Put peanut butter in a large bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds to soften.
  3. Remove from microwave. Careful the bowl may be hot.
  4. Add say, water ginger, garlic, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, scallions, and chili oil.
  5. Stir until well combined.

Dress salad just before eating, Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.


Very excitable and prone to fits of glee, Christine cooks on a vintage 1950 General Electric double-oven stove, does not have a dishwasher unless you count the husband, and is guilty of posting cat cuteness on the interwebs. She photographs and blogs about food and other joyful topics from her home in Vermont.

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3 Responses to Raw Rainbow Ribbon Swirl with Peanut Sauce
  1. […] can also use it for carrots and other squashes (the hunt for more uses continues). I plan on trying ... https://testedkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/zoodles-with-roasted-tomatoes-and-pine-nuts
  2. Jean Reply

    Very good! The peanut sauce is amazing! I could drink it! But I believe tamari is indeed made from soy.

    • Christine Reply

      Yes! You’re right Jean, the post should have read gluten-free, we fixed it. Thank you!

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