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Finally – another recipe! It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted a recipe because last week I shared why I log my food and macros and how to get started logging your own food. I’m excited to be sharing a recipe that’s been on the list of recipes to publish for a few weeks now!
This Asian-inspired sesame and cilantro carrot salad is a variation on a carrot salad I had at a potluck picnic about a month ago. I pretty much can’t eat a dish (even my own creations!) without thinking about how I might change it up. This carrot salad was particularly appealing because I realized with a couple quick changes it could easily become Paleo, and it was already vegetarian. Just leave out the honey and it becomes vegan, too!
You do make carrot “noodles” for this recipe, but the neat thing is that it’s best to use a peeler. You don’t need a spiralizer, mandoline slicer, or anything difficult to find. It does really help if you nave a “Y” peeler, though. My favorites are the Kuhn Rikon Swiss peelers – I have a whole set!
The only “tricky” part of this entire recipe is peeling the carrots into strips. Once the carrots are ready, you simply mix the dressing, then toss the dressing, carrots, and cilantro together in a bowl! This salad holds up pretty well overnight, too, so it’s a great make ahead choice.
As you know from my posts on tracking food, I am all about weighing ingredients. I used 4 medium/large carrots for this recipe. So what does that actually equate to? The whole carrots weighed about 1.5 pounds, but I didn’t peel all the way through the core on each carrot, so the finished weight was about 1 1/4 pounds. If your carrots have woody/tough inner cores, you’ll probably want to skip using them, too.
Yes, that really is it! So simple, but the flavors are wonderful. If you have “good” carrots, they will taste sweet compared to the vinegar, so the carrot salad will be sweet, sour, spicy, and nutty all at the same time! What a delicious combination.
I’m really looking forward to trying this one out on my husband when he gets home. He enjoys eating vegetables, but doesn’t usually like them cooked. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare raw vegetables in interesting ways! What’s your favorite “not normal salad” way to serve uncooked veggies?