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Carottes Râpées (Grated Carrot Salad)

Carrots - so many kids hate them with a passion. Even my hubby won't touch that stuff no matter how deliciously it has been cooked or presented to him. I think I know why. When Little One started on her first solid food - guess what was the first most recommended food to introduce to a baby? Carrots. Since they are sweet, babies love them and as it is full of nutrients it's a baby's classic along with other infamous spinach. Unfortunately my baby didn't get to eat much either because of digestion issues. Oh well!

Thankfully there are a few ways to serve carrots to people who don't enjoy them so much. Carrot cake is one. Another one is Carottes Râpées (Grated Carrot Salad) that I'm going to introduce today. It is a very popular side French dish that my mom-in-law often prepares at home. It's available at many café and bistro menus, even at charcuteries and supermarkets where it is often sold in small plastic boxes ready to go. It's pretty easily done, requires very little time to prepare and the best of all: it's healthy, fresh and delicious. This is perfect for those who are trying to get kids or adults to eat carrot, because the lemon flavor is dominant over the carrot one. A ninja got to be sneaky;-)

Carottes Râpées (Grated Carrot Salad)
Ingredients
  • 5 fresh carrot (medium size)
  • 1/2 organic lemon (home grown)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • parsley (chopped)
  • salt & pepper
  • 5 tbsp olive oil (approx.)
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Directions
  1. Grate the carrots and lemon together and put it in a big salad bowl.
  2. Throw in the chopped garlic and parsley. Season it with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in about 5 tbsp olive oil, mix until everything is combined.
  4. Serve cold.
The Verdict

I'm so surprised by the taste and aroma of this simple salad. The fragrant lemon skin and juice dominates but doesn't overwhelm the sweet taste of the carrots, in fact the combination brings out the best of both fruit and vegetable. I'm not a big fan of carrots but this is really good. I went for a 2nd, 3rd and 4th helping without any guilt, as its so low in calories.:-)

Notes

Home-grown lemon has very thick skin which gives this salad a fantastic aroma and taste. If you are using a lemon from supermarket (it's preferable to buy an organic one as the skin is non-treated), use only 1/3 of it if the lemon is very juicy.

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11 comments.
#1, by Sophie (05/18/2009)

MMMMM...a simple yet ooh so lovely carrot salad!!

#2, by Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 (05/18/2009)

This is so simple and nice! I will definitely try it. We have a village BBQ this Thurs, I think it will go with BBQ very well. Thanks for sharing!

#3, by katie (05/18/2009)

I've been thinking about making a carrot salad for awhile, but haven't taken the time to find a recipe... And I love lemon and oil - perfect!

#4, by Joelen (05/18/2009)

What a great salad for the warmer weather!

#5, by LCOM (05/19/2009)

Luckily my girls like carrot so I have no problem in serving it. But onion and green onion is another story. Your carrot salad must taste really refreshing.

#6, by KJ (05/20/2009)

My Dad hates carrot, so my Mum would always chop it into a tiny dice so that he couldn't pick it out of his food. He would have no chance with this salad. I would love it though!

#7, by simplyjoyful (05/23/2009)

Do you grate the whole entire 1/2 lemon into the salad? Wow, this really sounds interesting. will give it a go.

#8, by The Cooking Ninja (05/23/2009)

@simplyjoyful: yes we grate the whole half lemon into the salad but this half of lemon must be thick in skin like the one in the photo. If the skin is thin and very juicy, use only 1/3 of the lemon.

#9, by Juliana (06/02/2009)

Love the simplicity of the recipe...great for the Summer...I look forward to have lemon tree as well...shopping for one so I can pick fresh lemon from my backyard. Nice pictures!

#10, by Flavia (06/03/2009)

Carrot rapè is my favorite, ever tried carrots and beetroots? and one little tip from my father is a spoonful of icy cold water!
I just posted the English version of Potato and nettle gnocchi!! I hope they work well...!I should be writing in English but I'm so lazy!

#11, by tigerfish (06/04/2009)

Simple salad - I love it!