No, thankfully it doesn’t take any hocus-pocus to turn your vegetables into suitable pasta substitutes. However, if you’re trying to cut calories, and carbohydrates, or if you’re intolerant to gluten, certain vegetables can make the ideal noodle alternatives thanks to some slicing, dicing, peeling, and julienne techniques.
Here are seven vegetables that make the perfect pasta posers…
1. Julienne Cucumber
Now not all veggies will work in cooked dishes as well as they work in cold “pasta” dishes. One of these is cucumbers. Due to the water nature of this veggie, cucumbers would turn to mush when cooked. However, when cut thin into strips or spirals, cucumber makes a great substitute in cold salads for pasta.
For instance, assemble your regular Greek pasta salad using julienne cucumber strips. Stick to the edge of the veggie to avoid cutting into the seedy center. You can put that part aside and use it for chunks in your salad. Mix cucumber “noodles” with Feta, Greek yogurt, garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives, and a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.