An old-fashioned stand-up box grater with the hole grate, which is getting harder and harder to find on our days.
And my all-time favorite, Vitamix food processorwith the smallest #3 grate. Cut them 3 inches long for a more uniform shredding carrot.
I use my food processor at least once a week and I do not know what I would do without it. If using the hand box grater, you may want to toss the core. Do not worry about the core if using the food processor.
TIPS to a perfect French Carrot Salad
The lemon adds that perfect bite to it while balancing off the sweetness of the carrots. However, a good French vinegar will be a good substitute if you must.
Light flavorless oil is best with this recipe. Do not use strong extra virgin olive oil. It will alter the flavor and you will completely change the taste.
The chopped parsley brings out another bitter element that balances off nicely.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, that is pretty much all you need.
I decided to add cranberries to it. Quite delicious, I may add.
Chopped pistachios are fun too. Make sure that they are not chopped too small.
Toasted pine nuts are another great alternative. Brings some crunchiness to it.
Raisins can replace cranberries. Adding the toasted pine nuts with the raisins adds some complexity to this dish.
A great side dish to any fish and poultry dinner.
Serve them alone in a small side dish to keep their sweet flavor separate from other ingredients on your plates.
During the warmer months, this salad will come on handy as it is very refreshing and does store well overnight. And because there is no mayonnaise, you can keep it out as well and it will not turn on you.
Make extras as it will keep well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, with great leftovers.
Benefits of eating carrots
Carrots are extremely nutritious packed with nutrients that our body needs on a daily basis.
Potassium, vitamin A, K, and C. Beta-carotene, and antioxidants. Great for your heart as well as being good for your eyes. Although they do contain more natural sugar than any other vegetables.
Grate the carrots by pushing them lengthwise along the grater teeth. Or if you have a food processor use the finest shredder attachment.
Toss the grated carrots with lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, cranberries, salt, and pepper. Taste the carrots and adjust the seasoning according to your taste buds.
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