I simply cannot call this salad “carrot slaw.” “Gorgeous” must be in the title because, duh: it is so divine to look at! I placed that blue vase (pronounced “vahs” for effect) in the background as it makes such a stylish contrast. I am so artsy-shmartsy.
My carrots slaw recipe is tweaked and a bit simplified from Once Upon a Chef. I eased up on a few ingredients but it could be because the farmers market carrots I get don’t need as much stuff on’em; I don’t know.
The photo above is made with hand grated carrots as I couldn’t find the correct attachment for my food processor that I hardly ever use. Lucky for me, child labor laws are a bit lax at my house…
“Mommy, my arm is getting tired…” “Hang in there, honey. Only 10 more carrots to go!”
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 pound grated carrots, or 1-1/3 pounds carrots, peeled and grated (if you wash them well, don’t have to peel)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from one lemon
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, from one orange (or a splash of orange juice)
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- a little bundle of green onion, white and green parts, diced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
- dash of salt
- dash of pepper
Here’s what all the yummy stuff looked like before I mixed it up. It’s already getting pretty! I went ahead and and tossed my walnuts in as our mouths were beginning to water at this point and I was fairly certain the salad wouldn’t last long. I was right.
Bake walnuts at 350 for about 5-7 minutes. Set aside. Throw remaining ingredients into a bowl and toss it up a bit. This salad will keep well in the fridge for a few days, but don’t add the walnuts until you’re ready to eat.
I made my gorgeous carrot slaw for a potluck last night with a few bags of store-bought shredded carrots. Much less work and a different texture than the hand grated method. What made it still yummalicious was that I made the salad 24 hours in advance so the flavors had time to really get to know each other. They got along great, btw.