Spiralizer Beginner’s Guide: 10 Vegetables to Spiralize
Spiralizer Beginner’s Guide
If you just bought your first spiralizer, congratulations. You’ve purchased one of my absolute favorite kitchen tools. And if you’re reading this post because you’re wondering if a spiralizer is worth it (meaning, should you really splurge on yet another kitchen tool) – well, the quick answer is yes. But I hope the video and information below will inspire you.
Most of you are well aware of my love for zucchini noodles. It’s the number one vegetable I spiralize. In fact, the most popular post on Downshiftology is all about making and cooking zucchini noodles. Yep, I’m smitten with zoodles.
But if you were to only spiralize zucchini noodles, you’d be greatly missing out. Because there are dozens of different vegetables that you can spiralize for salads, casseroles, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Spiralizing is an easy way to get more veggies into your diet and doing so will save you time in the kitchen – always a lovely bonus.
If you’re celiac or gluten-free (as I am) or simply avoiding grains, vegetable noodles make for delicious and nutritious meals replacing beige pasta with all the colors of the rainbow.
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The Best Vegetables to Spiralize
Today, I’m sharing some of the best vegetables to spiralize and the ones I spiralize most frequently. Of course, there are many more options than these and I’d love to hear in the comments below what your favorites are. Below each vegetable I’ve also listed a little spiralizer recipe inspiration on Downshiftology to boost your creativity in using that spiralized vegetable.
If you’re wondering which spiralizer I use most frequently, it’s the Paderno Spiralizer. In my post and video on zucchini noodles I compare and contrast all the best spiralizers, so if you’re still on the hunt make sure to check that out.
After you’ve watched the video above and have become an expert on spiralizing (it’s easy to do) have fun experimenting with all the different vegetables. I’m always adding new recipes so make sure to check back often for the latest or subscribe to my newsletter at the top of this page. That way you’ll never miss my newest spiralizer recipes.
My Favorite Spiralizer Recipes & Vegetables
Zucchini is the go-to vegetable when it comes to spiralizing and that’s for good reason – it’s soft and easy to spiralize with a neutral flavor that adapts well to many traditional pasta dishes. I leave the peel on for added nutrition (after giving it a good wash), but don’t forget to include yellow squash in your zoodle repetoire as well.
Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Spinach and ParmesanZucchini Noodle CapreseCarrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber SauceZucchini Noodle Spaghetti BologneseZucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic ShrimpMexican Chicken Zucchini Noodles
With cucumber I use the large spiral slicing blade (for added crunch) or the straight blade to create beautiful ribbons of cucumber. These ribbons are quite the show stopper and in just a few seconds you’ll have plenty of cucumber for your favorite salad.
Easy Cucumber Salad
Spiralized Bell Pepper
As a Cali girl some of my favorite recipes are Mexican-inspired and there’s no easier way to slice up a sweet bell pepper for fajitas or tacos. Use the straight blade to easily and quickly slice an entire bell pepper. Just remove the white pith and seeds when you’re done.
Steak Fajitas with Cassava Flour Tortillas
Parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, celeriac and other root vegetables are a breeze to spiralize. The fine or medium spiral slicing blades are your best options for creating vegetable noodles that look strikingly similar to pasta. Just toss these in a pan for a quick sauté for the perfect al dente veggie noodle.
Parsnip Noodle Chicken Alfredo
Spiralized carrots are a great alternative to shredding or slicing for salads or stir fry and let’s be honest, they look way fancier. Grab the largest carrots you can find for easier spiralizing and use a fine or medium spiral slicing blade.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Citrus Carrot SlawCarrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce
Spiralized Sweet Potato
If you want to whip up fast food-style curly fries at home (in a much healthier incarnation) then you’re in luck. Just peel the sweet potato and spiralize away. Of course, you can easily spiralize white potatoes as well. I opt for the largest spiral slicing blade when making my curly sweet potato fries.
Curly Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic AioliSpiralized Sweet Potato Egg NestsSweet Potato Noodles, Cabbage and Lentil Salad
Spiralized Red Onion
Red onion may just be my favorite vegetable to spiralize – want to know why? No streaming tears! My eyes are hyper-sensitive to onions and I’ve never been able to cut one the traditional way and walk away without crying. But with the spiralizer I can slice an entire onion and never shed a tear because it’s so darn quick. Love that.
Recipes: Any salad you want to top with onions. Also perfect for pickled red onions or caramelized onions.
Whether you use green or red cabbage, you can slice an entire cabbage for coleslaw or braised cabbage in mere seconds. If your cabbage is extra-large you may need to cut it in half, but if it’s average-size just pop on the straight blade and twirl away.
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro, Lime, Bacon SlawSweet Potato Noodles, Cabbage and Lentil Salad
My love for beets has increased as I’ve gotten older and I’m now extremely fond of these nutrient-packed veggies. Spiralize either golden or red beets for a vibrant addition to any salad. Pro tip: use gloves when handling beets so you don’t stain your hands.
Recipe: Spiralized Beet Salad (coming soon)
To finish off this list I’m swapping a veggie for a fruit because why not end with something sweet – apples. Use any of the spiral blades for curly apple noodles, perfect for salads, or use the straight blade to quickly slice your apple for apple chips.
Apple ChipsBraised Red Cabbage with Apples (coming soon)
Vegetable Spiralizer Tips
Play around with the different blades. You may like your slices thicker or thinner depending on the vegetable and recipe.Orange and red/purple colored veggies are packed with nutrients and get their color from beta carotene and anthocyanin – but these colors can also stain your tool. Remember to immediately wash your spiralizer (and cutting board) after slicing brightly colored veggies.When it comes to carrots, parsnips and other “narrow” vegetables, grab the largest you can find. The wider the better.While not on this list (because it’s the middle of summer and I couldn’t find one), my favorite winter vegetable to spiralize is butternut squash.Many spiralized veggies make for great healthy meal prep. Slice zucchini, carrot, onion and beets on the weekend and store in a ziploc bag or glass storage container in the fridge for various recipes throughout the week.Again, I use the Paderno Spiralizer (the one you see above), but if you have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, you may love the KitchenAid Spiralizer. Watch my video on zucchini noodles where I compare and contrast five different spiralizers.And if you’re ready for the next evolution in spiralizing, make sure to check out the new Vegetable Sheet Cutter. Your veggie recipe repertoire will grow exponentially.
What’s your favorite vegetable to spiralize? Let me know in the comments below!
Originally published July 2017 and updated December 2019.