It looks and smells a lot like raw cacao powder with a rich, chocolaty smell. And it seems like it’s used in a lot of raw chocolate desserts and savory chili recipes.
So I got experimental to create a raw chili noodle salad.
Mesquite Noodle Salad
- 1 large or 2 medium cucumbers, spiralized
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne (optional)
- 1 tsp. raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp. mesquite powder
- 1 tsp. chili powder
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy. Makes about 4 servings.
Cucumbers spiralize very well, but tend to be moist and produce a lot of liquid in salads which is great for tossing with dry seasonings.
And makes a pretty presentation for a noodle salad.
The flavors worked great together, like a fresh and cool chili mac salad with a hefty amount of kick. You can skip the cayenne pepper if you’re not a fan of a lot of spice.
Veggie noodles are just fun to eat, my World Cuisine Spiralizer is probably one of my favorite summertime kitchen gadgets. And Smokey’s too since she’s obsessed with veggie noodles, like dental floss, watching me eat intently looking for an attack opportunity.
Thankfully, she hasn’t gone after them yet. But those little wheels are turning.