Raw Carrot Salad
August 15, 2023
Raw Carrot Salad
Shaved Raw Carrot Salad - A Refreshing and Nutritious Plant-Based Delight
Are you looking for a light, refreshing, and nutritious salad to brighten up your Summer days and beyond? Look no further! Our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad with a sweet, savory, tangy balsamic twist is the perfect addition to your salad rotation. This plant-based delight takes just minutes to prepare and is bursting with flavors that will leave you satisfied and craving more. Join us on this culinary journey as we explore the benefits of this delectable carrot salad and the versatile options to customize it to your liking.
Why You'll Love This Raw Carrot Salad Recipe
Our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad has quickly become a fan favorite for several reasons:
- Quick & Simple
We understand the importance of quick and easy meals, especially during the warmest months of the year. With just a handful of ingredients, a vegetable peeler, and under 10 minutes of your time, you can have this refreshing carrot salad ready to serve.
- Satisfying & Flavorful
The combination of ribboned carrots with the delightful balsamic dressing creates a salad bursting with flavors. The sweet and tangy dressing complements the fresh, crunchy carrots, making it a satisfying and robust summery salad that's perfect for picnics, potlucks, and BBQs.
- Health Benefits
Beyond its delightful taste, our Raw Carrot Salad comes with a host of health benefits. Carrots are an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A, and C, promoting a healthy immune system, heart health, gut health, and vision. Combined with fresh herbs, heart-healthy olive oil, and beneficial vinegar, this salad is a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet.
Our Raw Carrot Salad is suitable for various dietary preferences. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and optionally Paleo. Its versatility allows you to adapt the salad to your taste by adding beneficial add-ins or swapping out herbs and dressing options.
The Ingredients and Substitutes
To make our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad, you'll need the following ingredients:
The Shaved Carrot Salad
- Carrots: Any type of carrot will work perfectly for this salad, whether they are regular, no-peel, or organic.
- Fresh Herbs: We recommend a combination of minced flat-leaf parsley and fresh mint (or dill). Feel free to use mint if you prefer a hint of freshness, while dill adds its unique flavor. These herbs are optional, so you can adjust according to your taste.
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional): If you enjoy a spicy kick, add some red pepper flakes as a garnish for a spicy carrot salad. You can use regular pepper flakes or Korean chili flakes (gochugaru) for a milder, slightly fruity, sweeter heat. Tajin is another option if you want a little extra flavor without excessive salt and vinegar.
- Sesame Seeds (optional): For added texture and taste, consider garnishing the salad with raw or lightly toasted sesame seeds.
The Balsamic Dressing
- Vinegar: Our dressing combines apple cider vinegar (or rice vinegar) with balsamic vinegar, creating a rich, tangy, and slightly sweet vinaigrette packed with robust flavor. If you're feeling adventurous, try replacing the balsamic with lime juice for a different flavor profile.
- Sweetener: A small amount of sweetener perfectly balances and enhances the dressing and carrots in this cold carrot salad. We love using maple syrup, but agave or other liquid sweeteners (including sugar-free options) will work well too. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
- Salt & Black Pepper: Season the carrot ribbon salad to your taste with salt and black pepper.
- Olive Oil (optional): Olive oil is optional and can create a silkier mouthfeel. For a rich, toasty, nutty flavor, you can also use a small amount of toasted sesame oil as an alternative.
What Could I Add to Shaved Carrot Salad?
One of the beauties of our Raw Carrot Salad is its versatility, making it the perfect canvas for creative additions. Here are some suggestions to explore:
- Vegan Fish Sauce: If you want to infuse an umami-rich flavor into the salad, replace the balsamic with lime juice and add a splash of vegan fish sauce.
- Ginger: For added depth and heat, include a small amount of minced ginger.
- Beets: Combine shredded beets with carrots for an antioxidant-rich and visually stunning salad.
- Other Vegetables: Consider adding ribboned, sliced, or match-sticked radishes, cucumber, and/or edamame for extra flavor, color, and nutrients.
- Avocado: Finely dice avocado for a creamy texture, healthy fats, and extra antioxidants.
- Fruit: Shredded tart apple or orange segments pair wonderfully with carrots.
- Dried Fruit: For little bursts of sweetness, add raisins, sultanas, or dried cranberries.
- Legumes: Create a fiber and protein-dense carrot lentil salad or complement the carrots with white beans or chickpeas.
- Nuts/Seeds: Garnish the raw carrot salad with crunch and heart-healthy fats and protein. Options include walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.
How to Make Shaved Carrot Salad
Making our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad is a breeze. Here's a step-by-step guide to preparing this delightful dish:
- Thinly Slice the Carrots: Start by washing the carrots thoroughly. Then, using a vegetable peeler, carefully slice them into thin, long ribbons. Alternatively, you can use a mandoline or a food processor with a slicing disk to speed up the process.
- Prepare the Balsamic Dressing: In a jar or small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, olive oil (if using), balsamic vinegar, agave or maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Mix the ingredients well to form a delicious dressing.
- Add Fresh Herbs and Dressing: In a large bowl, add the minced parsley (and mint if using) to the carrot ribbons. Pour the balsamic dressing over the top. Toss the salad well to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.
- Garnish and Serve: For a touch of spice and texture, optionally garnish the salad with red pepper flakes and/or sesame seeds. Enjoy the salad either at room temperature or chilled.
Recipe Pro Tips
Achieve the perfect Raw Carrot Salad with these pro tips:
- Thin Slices: When slicing the carrots, aim for thin ribbons that are super flexible and not too tough. This step is crucial for the salad's overall texture and mouthfeel.
- Speed up Prep: If you're short on time, using a mandoline or a food processor slicing disk can efficiently create the carrot ribbons in seconds.
- Texture Adjustment: You can modify the texture of the salad by changing the thickness and cut of the carrots. You may choose to make slices, spirals, or a shredded carrot salad, depending on your preference.
- Let the Flavors Meld: For the best taste, allow the shaved carrot salad to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This resting period will not only allow the dressing to meld with the carrots but also allows the flavors to develop further.
- Tweak the Dressing: The best way to perfect the dressing is by allowing the flavors to meld and then adjusting any of the ingredients to your liking. However, if you plan to serve the salad immediately, you can adjust it right away.
Our Raw Carrot Salad Recipe:
2 carrots, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons of olive oil (optional)
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of agave or maple syrup
Salt and pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoon of crushed red peppers (optional)
2 tablespoons of parsley, roughly mined
1 teaspoon of mint, minced (optional)
Sesame seeds, garnish (optional)
Wash the carrots, then using a peeler carefully slice thin and long slices. Set aside in a large bowl.
In a jar or small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, oil, balsamic vinegar, agave or maple syrup, salt and pepper, and mix to combine. Set aside.
To the bowl with the carrots, add the parsley and dressing. Toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.
Make the slices thin enough: They should be super flexible, not too tough.
To speed up prep: A mandoline or food processor slicing disk can get the carrots ribboned in seconds.
Adjust the texture: By changing the thickness and cut (aka into slices, spirals, or making a shredded carrot salad).
Allow the flavors to meld: If you have the time, leaving the carrot ribbons to ‘marinate’ for at least 30 minutes (1-2 hours is even better) before serving will not only allow the dressing to meld but give it time to start soaking into the carrots.
Here are some common questions about our Raw Carrot Salad:
Do I need to peel carrots for carrot salad?
If you're using no-peel varieties, organic carrots, and/or well-scrubbed carrots, there's no need to peel them. However, some people may prefer to peel them for aesthetic and textural reasons.
Can I use canned carrots for this salad?
While fresh carrots provide the best taste and texture for this cold carrot salad, canned carrots may work in a pinch if you don't mind a very soft, tender carrot salad.
Our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes and is perfect for several meal options:
- Grains: Enjoy the salad with fluffy white or brown rice, vegetable fried rice, or quinoa.
- Noodles: Serve the salad with warm or chilled noodles for a delightful twist.
- Tofu: Pair the salad with grilled tofu for a protein-packed meal.
- More Veggies: Complement the salad with grilled or roasted broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or other vegetables of your choice.
- Bowl Meals: Create a sushi bowl, poke bowl, or other noodle/rice bowl and add the carrot salad for an extra dose of freshness.
- Ramen or Sushi: Enjoy the salad as a side with your favorite ramen or sushi.
- Crusty Bread: Use the salad as a dressing dip for crusty bread.
- Sandwiches and Wraps: Add the cold carrot salad to sandwiches and wraps for added crunch and tang.
How to Store Raw Carrot Salad
To make the most of our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad, follow these storage tips:
- Marinate Before Serving: For optimal flavor, we highly recommend preparing the dressing (or the entire assembled carrot salad) 1-2 hours before serving or even overnight. This marinating process allows the flavors to develop fully and allows the carrots to absorb the dressing.
- Leftovers: If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will keep well for 3-4 days.
- Refresh Before Serving: Before serving any leftovers, you can add a few more crunchy carrot ribbons or a little extra vinegar for a refreshing taste.
More Easy Vegan Salad Recipes
We're passionate about delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-make vegan salads. Here are a few more recipes you might enjoy:
- Mediterranean Lentil Chickpea Salad: A flavorful and protein-rich salad that's perfect for a light lunch or dinner.
- Rainbow Salad: A colorful and vibrant salad packed with nutrients and delicious flavors.
- Pita Panzanella Salad: A twist on the classic panzanella, this salad features pita bread, fresh vegetables, and a tangy vinaigrette.
- Crunchy Peanut Salad: A delightful and satisfying salad with a peanut dressing that's bursting with flavor.
- Texas Caviar: A protein-packed, Tex-Mex inspired salad that's perfect for gatherings and potlucks.
- Quinoa Salad: A hearty and protein-rich quinoa salad with fresh vegetables and a zesty dressing.
Our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad is a delightful and nutritious addition to your plant-based culinary repertoire. With its vibrant colors, refreshing taste, and health benefits, this salad is sure to become a staple in your Summer and all-year-long meal planning. The versatility of the salad allows for endless possibilities to customize it to your liking, making it perfect for any occasion. So, whether you're attending a picnic, hosting a BBQ, or simply craving a light and tasty salad, our Shaved Raw Carrot Salad is the answer you've been looking for!
Enjoy the goodness of fresh, raw veggies and the tangy balsamic dressing - a match made in plant-based heaven. Savor the delightful flavors, and let this salad become your go-to recipe for quick, nutritious, and delicious meals. Make it once, and it's guaranteed to be a favorite you'll keep coming back to again and again!
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