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Carrot Salad with a Hit of Heat

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
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.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 4 cups coarsely grated carrot (about 1 pound)
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 138
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 7.4 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 11.5 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 259 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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.