Some like cooked carrots, while others prefer them grated to make a crunchy salad. You can do either with this recipe--just toss steamed carrot coins with the dressing. The sweetness of the carrots is balanced by the fresh bite of the sambal oelek and chopped herbs. I suggest a mix of cilantro and mint, but you could use 3 tablespoons of just one or the other, if you wish; minced chives are an optional extra. One teaspoon sambal gives subtle heat; two give a noticeable punch. You can also make this salad with boiled sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks--a delicious version.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add carrot and salt; toss to coat. Let stand 30 minutes. Just before serving, add cilantro, mint, and chives, if desired; toss to combine.
This dish has fantastic color to add to the table with fall dishes like pork or turkey and stuffing. Kind of looks like orange coleslaw which might have been what I didn't like. I think the heat got lost a bit and would have added a bit more. Solid side dish.