Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carrot Salad

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I have company this weekend, and while I dearly love them, a couple of my guests are picky eaters. There are few vegetables they will eat, so it's always a challenge to come up with something that is acceptable to them. After all, it wouldn't be right to serve dinner without veggies! So I made a very simple dish that has been a favorite in my family for a long time -- a
raw carrot salad. One of my guests, fearful of eating carrots, tried half a spoonful, and asked for a full serving minutes later. This is a great way to get kids to try vegetables, and the salad is so versatile that you can add a lot of different vitamin laden fruits and veggies once the kids are used to the texture.

Carrot Salad

6 - 7 average carrots
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Peel the carrots and cut into large chunks. Pulse them in the food processor until they are fairly fine. Scrape the sides, add the sugar and lemon, and pulse again to combine. Serve.

It's that simple. You can substitute agave or honey for the sugar. If your picky eater likes raisins, toss in a handful and stir. Once it's popular, you can add an apple or pineapple, a handful of coconut, or one of my favorites, a raw red beet. Just pulse and you're done!

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  1. Sounds good. Luckily my family is not full of picky eaters. The sons-in-law however are. We always had the one bit to try it rule and it worked well. Unfortunately, you can't do that with company.

  2. I love easy recipes. This one sounds great! My family loves veggies so I know this one will be a hit!


  3. Easy recipes are the best. Moms should love this!

  4. This looks perfect for my family--my kids love carrots.

    Good luck with your picky house guests! :)


  5. LibraryPat, you're cracking me up. Can't make the company try one bite? LOL!

    I love easy recipes, too. And this one is nice because it tastes good.

  6. I already eat way too many carrots, but I think I may have to try this. Looks delish! I only have one son-in-law and he'll eat almost everything, I think. Plus he cooks (our daughter scored!).

    Thanks for the simple recipe.

  7. I love carrot salad. Never added lemon juice, will try that.

    My gift card arrived today. thanks,

    Ellen In jax. fl

  8. You don't cook them at all? I guess cooking them would make it a little baby-food like. The pineapple addition sounds nice. Would raisins be too lumpy?

  9. I LOVE carrot salad. This recipe sounds amazingly easy, though I think I'd add some coconut and pineapple, simply because I love both of these ingredients. I've actually tried a lot of recipes for this relatively simple dish and I think Ina Garten has one of the best: