Lemony Carrot Salad with Fig & Pistachio


SUMMER! The rains are finally here. It took a long time this year, so long we began to wonder if they would ever get here. But now it is officially summer. Hot, sticky days beg for cold, crunchy salads.

You know how much I love me some carrot salad. It’s a summer staple in our house. I made this one for my mom’s birthday lunch, and loved it so much I’ve made it again and again.
This is an easy-peasy salad, almost like that carrot raisin salad from childhood, but with a grown-up (and mayonnaise-free!) twist.

1# fresh carrots, peeled and grated (about 3 to 4 c.)
¼ c. dried figs, sliced in thin rounds
¼ c. toasted pistachio meats, coarsely chopped
Zest of ½ lemon (1 tsp.)
Juice of ½ lemon (2 Tbps.)
1 Tbsp. agave sweetener (or sugar, or honey)
1 Tbsp. mild vegetable oil

Use a food processor to grate the carrots. Or use children – free labor, quick healers, and all that.

In a medium-sized salad bowl, whisk together the lemon, agave, oil. Dump in the rest, stir and serve. Or, you can stick it in the fridge and eat it later. It is good both ways: crisper with less sauce the first day, crunchy and juicier the next.
This is fantasic for picnics and barbecues (no mayo!), or with a sammie at lunch.
Going with four servings, the calorie calculator at verywell.com says each serving has:
Calories 163
Fat 7.3g
Carbs 23.9g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 14.8g
Protein 3.1g
and…..632% of your Vitamin A for the day!

Spicy Sweet Curried Carrot Salad

The pretty carrots were SO worth the extra fifty cents!
The pretty carrots were SO worth the extra fifty cents!

Another carrot salad in time for Easter.  Hmm…..maybe if this happens again next year, we’ll have a real pattern.

Anywho….got this bag of pretty carrots at TJ’s to cook with the brisket for Saint Pat’s. Only thing is, the red ones lose the red when cooked and just look normal. So, a cold recipe would keep the prettiness.

That was the first time we’ve had carrots in the house since himself had to change his diet – they are on the verbotten list, along with peas and bananas.  But I digress.

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Hey, Mikey! He liked it.  I went easy on the hot pepper at first; when I added more Himself was disappointed that he could taste the curry less. Sigh. Your tongue can only process so much data at a time.

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 Give this a whirl. If you don’t have curry paste lying about, use powder. It’ll still be yummy.
For the salad
3 carrots, peeled then shaved in to strips
½ shallot, cut in to thin rings
¼ c. craisins or currants or sultanas
¼ c. pistachio meats
For the sauce
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. dijon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp. curry paste
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
S&P
2 Tbsp. red or white wine vinegar
3-4 Tbsp. avocado or olive oil
Instructions
Use your veg peeler to shave the carrots. Cut the carrots in half across the middle first, or you will wind up with a papardelle like salad.
Put all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
Whisk together the sauce in another bowl.
Dress the salad right before serving.

Servings 4
Calories 134
Fat 5 g
Sodium 44 mg
Carbs 23 g
Protein 2 g

Cucumber, Carrot & Jicama Salad

Do you go through phases where you just want to eat the same thing all the time? This may surprise you, but I am currently fixated on carrots. Specifically shredded carrots.  My friend Karen introduced me to this one fantastic Lao/Thai dish a long time ago – green papaya salad. It is scrumptious, and was the inspiration for Carrot Salad #2.  

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This was quick and easy. Now I just wish I had some sticky rice.

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 For the carrots and the jicama, I used that blue doodad in the pic above – I got it for a couple bucks at the asian market.  It shreds – but the shreds are triangular in the cross section, and you can make them as long as you want – a longer carrot or stroke of the tool makes a longer shred. It’s pretty cool – I was totally stoked when Karen told me about that puppy. Oh, and this recipe has fish sauce. You could leave it out, but you’ll be sad. You don’t taste the fish, promise, unless you’re like a super sniffer or pregnant or otherwise olfactorily enhanced. And, I totally cheated on the dressing and just used some sweet chili sauce with the lime juice and fish sauce.  

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Carrot Salad with Ginger Clementine Vinaigrette

A carrot recipe! Just in time for Easter! 

Shredded carrot salad is my favorite – remember the one grandma used to make with mayonnaise and raisins?  Me, too.  This one is a little lighter, with some asian ingredients. 

Carrots, sesame, ginger. Yum.
Carrots, sesame, ginger. Yum.

 

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This is pretty quick….as long as you have a Cuisinart.

Clementine Ginger Dressing

 This recipe makes a whole batch of dressing – it’s really good on a crispy lettuce salad with some chicken, or in a shredded broccoli salad.CarrotSalad3C

 

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