Carrot Salad with a Hit of Heat

Carrot Salad with a Hit of HeatRecipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
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.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
Total time: 40 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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)


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.