Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Meatless Monday: Carrot Salad

Last fall, I shared a new tradition that my husband and I had started, which we call Magnificent Meal Monday. To fight against the Monday doldrums, I prepare a delicious meal every Monday night.

After reading that post, several of my readers suggested Meatless Monday. I admit that my husband's love of meat means that Meatless Monday is not an option for us, but I would still like to share a few of my favorite meatless recipes with you all.

Growing up, my family ate vegetarian multiple times per week, and my mom was great at finding healthy and delicious recipes. I'll start with a side dish.

Did you know that carrots are bursting with nutrition? In addition to beta carotene, they also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, fiber, riboflavin, and even a bit of protein. This carrot salad recipe was one of my favorites as a child.

Powerhouse Carrot Salad

Ingredients: 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup Ocean Spray Craisins
  • 3 Tablespoons chives, green onions, or regular onions
  • 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, mustard, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, combine carrots, Craisins, and onion. 
  3. Add dressing to carrot mixture, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Optional: Add almonds just before serving.

This is one of those recipes that tastes exceptional the next day after all the flavors mix. If you like carrots, you will love this salad. Go on and give it a try!

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/23/2016

    This is a nice recipe and I think I should try it soon. Thanks!

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    1. My pleasure! Let me know what you think!

      Ellie

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  2. Oohh...I'll be watching for more meatless recipes for sure! Always a struggle for me to come up with something yummy during Lent, when 3/4 of us don't like fish and we get sick of pasta! :-) Thanks!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Jennie! :)

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous2/23/2016

    Also great are fresh, cooked green beans with olive oil, salt + pepper, and toasted slivered almonds

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    1. That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous2/23/2016

    I'm going to have to try making your recipe. I love carrots and this sounds yummy and delicious!

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  5. Anonymous2/23/2016

    It looks good. I'll have to try it.

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  6. Anonymous2/23/2016

    This is a good meal for catholics can't have meat on fridays during lent.

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    1. Yes, that's very true. :)

      Ellie

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  7. Thanks, it sounds and looks delicious! I LOVE Craisins!!!

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  8. Anonymous2/24/2016

    I never had Craisin something new for me to try.

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    1. Craisins are delicious!

      Ellie

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  9. Hi Ellie- Thanks for posting this. I made it as a side for dinner last night and it was really good! Everyone ten and over loved it...which means a keeper in my house. :) I am on a restricted nursing diet and can't have dairy and soy right now so it was nice to have something else to add to my dairy free recipes. I just saw you posted a pasta salad that I think I can also have so I am excited to try that too.

    Blessings,
    Jen

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Jen! Let me know what you think of the pasta salad.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  10. Anonymous2/29/2016

    "Meatless Monday" is a campaign started about 10 years ago with funding from a wealthy New York socialite with ties to animal-rights campaigns. Their agenda is to eradicate all animal agriculture and take away your right to eat a burger. Please do not promote them.

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    1. Anonymous2/29/2016

      That is not true. There is no conspiracy to take away your hamburgers. Some people want to eat healthy and care about the environment. I love Meatless Mondays!

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  11. Anonymous2/29/2016

    Thank you for posting a Meatless Monday recipe! We always do Meatless Mondays in our home. I have made a carrot salad before, but it was a different version. Can't wait to try yours.

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  12. My pleasure! Let me know what you think of it.

    Ellie

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  13. Anonymous3/30/2016

    I just made this carrot salad and it was good. For 1 person I had a lot left over. But I was good
    Thanks for the recipe .

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! If you eat them within a few days, the leftovers of this salad taste great.

      Ellie

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