ThThis exciting, fresh, and delicious dish would be an outstanding complementary side dish to a summer cookout!
Recently, I graduated from a 6-week cooking class titled Cooking Matters, which is a grant funded program provided by the the local YMCA. Attending this course brought me so much excitement because 1) I enjoy cooking; 2) each recipe inspired me; and 3) I needed to diversify my salad consumption. Let’s face it…salads can get boring.
On the last day of attending the 6-week course, my class and I made Moroccan Carrot Salad. My taste buds were “a humming.” It was because of this response I knew I had to share this recipe with you. Just so you know, I made a couple modifications for added nutrition- for instance the original recipe called for canola oil. NO! We ain’t doing that…EVOO it is!
Carrot salad is full of nutrition. Carrots are packed with the following vitamins and minerals- B-Complex, Calcium, carotenoids, fiber and beta carotene. These minerals help with alertness, contain antioxidants and provides a “smooth move” in the digestive track.
Here is what you need:
1 bag of shredded carrots
1/2 small onion
1 large lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil (not included in picture)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup dark/golden raisins- or craisins.
Rinse the shredded carrots
Dice the small onion
Rinse the lemon and cut into halves- in a small bowl squeeze the lemon juice (discard seeds)
In a medium bowl combine the carrots and onions
.In another bowl, combine all other ingredients- except the raisins.
Let the mix sit for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to intensify the taste.
Pour liquid mixture over the carrot and onions.
Add in raisins and Mix well.
Replace half of the carrots with grated apples or jicama
Use colorful carrots which can be purchased in a mixed bundle of purple, white and yellow.
This recipe tastes even better the next day!!!
This salad was inspired by the Cooking Matters For Adults Book- based off Chef Nadine Nelson of Boston, Mass.
So what do you think? Comment below your experience with carrots and carrot salad.
Written by: Reynelda Jones, LMSW, CAADC,ADS
Owner and Therapist of A Solution B
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