I first discovered this carrot salad when I was 20 years old and living in France, and it’s been part of my repertoire ever since. I don’t know why it’s not more popular in the States, but one bite of these parsley-speckled carrots doused with lemon and olive oil and you’ll know why it’s standard fare in every French bistro, market and home kitchen. To tempt you further: it’s a cinch to make, keeps well, and is good for you. The hardest thing about making it is getting out your food processor but once you hoist your machine onto the countertop, the rest is quick and easy. If you can, make it a few hours ahead of time to give the carrots a chance to soak up the dressing.
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French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
- 1 pound carrots, peeled
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
- 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste
- Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 finely sliced scallions (or 1tablespoon finely chopped shallots)
- Grate the carrots in a food processor. Set aside.
- In a salad bowl, combine the dijon mustard, lemon juice, honey, vegetable oil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the carrots, fresh parsley and scallions (or shallots) and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Notes: Depending on the sweetness of the carrots, you may want to add more or less honey. Also, if you make this salad ahead of time, be sure to check the seasoning again before serving as the flavors tend to mellow.
- Serving size: about 3/4 cup
- Calories: 150
- Fat: 11 g
- Saturated fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 14 g
- Sugar: 8 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 1 g
- Sodium: 253 mg
- Cholesterol: 0
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