Have you made a resolution to eat more salad? Great! This triple carrot ginger salad has just about everything you’re looking for.
Let’s break it down: If you think of a salad as an obligation, or as a monotonous stream of green lettuce leaves, you’re making it a lot more tedious than it really needs to be. Some of the best, easiest, and tastiest salads feature every color of the rainbow and don’t have a leaf of lettuce in sight. That’s a bonus for you if you’re easily bored by lettuce. It’s also a bonus for your kids if they turn up their noses at anything green and leafy.
On our Pinterest board, “Sumptuous Salads,” you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, ranging from radish leaves to millet to Beluga lentils. And in honor of the new year, we thought we’d share one of our family’s recent favorite “not-salad” salads, the Triple Carrot Ginger Salad.
True story: We happened to have this salad sitting on the counter when our 10-year-old walked by. We asked him, “Do you want to try some salad?” This caused him to do a literal double-take and two steps back. “That’s a salad?!?” (For the record – He tried it and he liked it.)
Triple-Carrot Ginger Salad
A salad that doesn't look like a salad: Three kinds of carrots and bright purple cabbage make this a colorful treat.
- 3 carrots, one red, one orange, and one yellow
- 1 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of one lime
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- dash of salt
- 1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
Slice the carrots very thinly (we used a mandoline on a thin setting and held the carrots on a diagonal). Combine the carrots, purple cabbage, and green onions in a salad bowl. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, ginger, and salt. Toss the dressing with the carrot mixture. For a heartier salad, add cashew pieces. Serve immediately.
Note: Adding cashew pieces is optional, but it does give the salad a nice “heft.” That way you can make a meal out of the salad – and you don’t have to think of it as an obligatory “side dish.”
One more note: If you’re looking for another super-colorful salad, check out our Vegan Spelt Salad with Watermelon Radishes.
So…what’s in your salad bowl for the year?