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Carrot Salad

Carrot Salad

Gorgeous ribbons of fresh carrots are marinated here in a gaaahlicky, gingery, lemony, honey vinaigrette. Light and refreshing.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound carrots, ends trimmed off, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus V teaspoon if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or mint leaves, or a combination


  • Holding a carrot over a medium bowl, create ribbons by running a vegetable peeler along the length. You will have wider ribbons if you keep the carrot steady and peel two opposing sides until you are left with a core. (Discard the cores or save them in your freezer for stock, chop them and add them to a soup, or add them to your compost pile.)

  • Fill a medium bowl with ice and cold water, and set it aside.

  • Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, add the carrot ribbons, and cook for 10 seconds. Drain, and immediately plunge the carrots into the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Once they are com- pletely cooled, remove the carrot ribbons from the ice bath, lay them on a kitchen towel, and gently roll them up in the towel so that they are thoroughly dried.

  • Make the vinaigrette:

    Combine the canola oil, cumin seeds, ginger, and garlic in a small sauté pan, set it over low heat, and heat until the garlic sizzles, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a mortar, and grind it with a pestle. Transfer this mixture to a small bowl, and add the shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking to combine. Add the 1/4 teaspoon salt and the crushed red pepper. Stir in the parsley.

  • Combine the carrot ribbons with the vinaigrette, and set the salad aside to marinate for at least 10 minutes before serving. Taste, and season with the remaining V teaspoon salt if desired.