zesty grated carrot salad

4 Mar

photo-11It’s easy to see a carrot and think, “oh what a great snack!” but what about seeing a carrot and thinking, “oh the endless possibilities!”

Carrots are an incredible root vegetable filled with vitamins and minerals that make it one of our favorite vegetables to cook with.

At lunch, our students eat them roasted with olive oil, glazed with honey, raw with a dip, baked into carrot cake, paired with celery and onions for a mirepoix, or pureed into soups.

We all know that carrots are great for our eyes due to their beta-carotene and vitamin A content, but they also benefit our skin, hair, digestion and blood.

With their sweet flavor, beautiful color and myriad of health benefits, who could ask for anything more?

Here’s a fun way to incorporate more carrots into your day. If you make this recipe the old fashioned way, you will even get a small workout!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clementine or 2 orange wedges (optional)

Directions:

1. Wash your carrots.

2. Prep your lemon and clementine/orange, cut into wedges.

3. Grate carrot by hand on larger grater opening. Divide carrot shreds evenly into two bowls.

4. Dress your carrots by squeezing 1 lemon wedge per bowl (and 1/2 clementine or 1 orange wedge). Top with 1 tsp of olive oil.

5. Mix it all up, and dig in!

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