From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Citrus Carrot Salad
This lightly sweet and spiced carrot citrus salad is a healthy and refreshing raw food salad that can be added to any meal, whether lunch or dinner, holiday or weekday.
Traditional Carrot Salad Recipes
Traditional carrot salads are loaded with mayonnaise or oil and sometimes include tuna fish or eggs. I know that many of us grew up eating salad topped with heavy oil or mayonnaise based dressings but there are a few reasons for us to let that habit go.
Oil-Free As An Informed Health Choice
First and foremost, oil and mayonnaise are not needed to create a delicious salad. Mayonnaise is made from eggs and oil and it is one of those condiments that seem like they have always been a bad idea for our health.
On the issue of oil, there is a lot of chatter and nutritional debate about its value. I wrote a post about my top three reasons for not including oil in my diet. If you want another opinion, here is an article that clearly lays out how oil is not a whole food and how oil is the #1 culprit for calorie density. As a result of nutritional information about oil, I choose to leave it out of recipes.
About This Healthier Plant-Based Carrot Salad Recipe
The salad can be garnished with sliced green onions and chopped parsley. The parsley provides a fresh, earthy edge and its bright green colour contrasts beautifully with the zingy citrus colour of the carrots.
This carrot salad salad recipe is fresh and delicious. It is also mayo-free, oil-fee and dairy-free. Instead of all those heavy ingredients, this recipe includes raw vegetables, dried apricots, fresh parsley and spices, orange juice and lemon juice.
This is a simple salad to add to any table. It has a vibrant color and fresh,sweet and tangy taste. Adding more minimally processed whole foods to your diet is always a good idea.
About The Simple and Delicious Oil-Free Dressing
The dressing is tangy and fresh and is made from orange juice, lemon juice and salt and pepper. The sweet and sour dressing complements the sweet carrots.
About the Ingredients in this Carrot Salad
Carrots: eating carrots in their minimally processed guarantees we get the full impacts of their vitamin and mineral content. Eating uncooked produce also provides fiber, much needed by our digestive system whatever our age. Many of us were raised on the belief that eating carrots would grant us the gift of night vision. While this is not strictly true, the high level of Vitamin A they contain does help to protect our vision. Available year-round and able to survive for an incredibly long time in the cupboard or fridge, carrots are a family favourite to have in constant supply.
Orange Juice: Orange juice is another favorite salad dressing ingredient because it is naturally sweet and easy to make fresh. You can use the same citrus juicer here to make your kitchen life easier.
Parsley: Fresh herbs are so good for us because they add scent, flavor and medicinal properties to our food. To read about all the health benefits of parsley, click here.
Cinnamon: This warm spice is full of powerful antioxidants – even more so than garlic! It has anti-inflammatory effects, is great for heart-health and can even improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin. Read more about the wonders of this delicious ingredient here. Click here to see the a beautiful organic cinnamon powder I used in this recipe.
Cumin: A common ingredient in Indian cuisine, cumin is excellent for digestion and is often used as a breath freshener at the end of a meal. Did you know it is also full of iron? That’s great news for anyone concerned about how to cover all nutritional bases when transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Click here to see the organic cumin powder I used in this recipe. If you prefer whole seeds, try these organic cumin seeds.
Carrot Salad Tips
Here are some simple tips and potential variations for the perfect carrot salad.
Adding more greens: serve it on a bed of lightly steamed spring greens or kale
Add more protein: Add a can of drained chickpeas and/or a tablespoon of tahini to the dressing.
Add more sweetness: Add a small handful of dried raisins to the salad.
Add more spice + heat: sprinkle with freshly pressed garlic and freshly ground pepper.