Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.
And adult meals can be hard sometimes.
Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.
But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!
So simple, but so powerful.
It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.
In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?
Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.
This carrot salad is made for pairing with your hearty + rich winter dishes. Literally ready for anything – from roasted chicken to seared salt and pepper pork chops to twice baked sweet potatoes.
And the dressing for this shaved carrot and parsley salad is made in a jar with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Which, in IMHO, are the best types of recipes. The one’s that don’t require a store run or fancy ingredients that you have to order online.
so what’s in the dressing?
- fresh lemon juice
- olive oil
- white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, this dressing recipe is just dying to be customized)
- maple syrup
- chili flakes (if you like the spice!)
THAT’S IT! See? Crazy easy. And I bet you already have a bag of carrots hanging out in your fridge right now, as well.
The carrots are thinly sliced for just the right amount of bite, and drenched in that tangy lemon vinaigrette that soaks into each carrot slice in just the right way. With a handful of herbs for a little extra flavor (and more color! yay!), you’ll be feeling like you’re back on track with the whole eat the rainbow and nourish the body thing like *that*.
And then we can get back to the cookies and parties knowing that we’ve still got that fresh and healthy food love alive in our hearts, waiting for us when we need it most.
equipment used for this recipe
Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
- 2 bunches of multi colored carrots (about 10 large carrots)
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or another vinegar of choice)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
- Using a mandolin, vegetable peeler, or a sharp knife, shave carrots as thinly as possible. As long as they’re organic, I don’t usually peel the carrots. Just give them a good scrub before slicing and you’ll be good to go.
- Shake together dressing ingredients in a jar and pour over sliced carrots. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate in dressing for about 20 minutes for the best flavor. Stir occasionally to coat.
- Mix in chopped parsley and season with a little more salt and some black pepper if desired.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
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