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two pounds of carrots for two people

bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:17 PM

I wound up with a two-pound bag of organic carrots, and I'm looking for ideas to use them. I'd rather not cook them, as it's 100+ degrees here these days, and I like them raw better anyhow. Do you have a favorite carrot salad, or some other dish that uses raw carrots?

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    wattacetti RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:23 PM

    I'd just eat the carrots straight. You could also juice them if there are problems chewing.

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      TroyTempest RE: wattacetti Jun 18, 2013 11:13 AM

      +1 on the juicing. Of course you have to have a juicer.

    2. Musie RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:32 PM

      You could also make dips to dip the carrots in, such as hummus or tzatziki.

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        LaLa RE: Musie Jun 18, 2013 08:42 AM

        Or beer cheese
        Or spinach dip

      2. biondanonima RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:39 PM

        I like to shave carrots into cold peanut noodle salads - if they're in long strips, they sort of mimic the noodles while providing a textural context.

        1. tcamp RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:43 PM

          This is really tasty. You need to use the stove top but not for long so perfect for hot days.


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            LisaN RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 06:49 PM


            That salad was good. Ere is another one but I can't find it, it had shredded carrots, cilantro and a lemon dressing

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              MrsJonesey RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 07:11 PM

              I just recommended Giardinera to use up cauliflower in another thread, but it also uses carrots. It is delicious. It's good as a side salad, but also on sandwiches. In fact, I make a sub with just the drained giardinera and Boursin cheese smeared on the bread.


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                relizabeth RE: MrsJonesey Jun 17, 2013 07:12 PM

                That sounds really good!

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                relizabeth RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 07:12 PM

                Pickle some! So when it is BLT season, you can have them with a side of pickled carrots.

                1. mrsfury RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 07:19 PM

                  I like to shred and put on tuna sandwiches with shredded swiss, avocado, sprouts and mayo. I also like them in a salad, shredded, with some honey French dressing.

                  1. JonParker RE: bitchincook Jun 17, 2013 07:29 PM

                    Cole slaw! Here's the recipe I use, and one of the few that I haven't changed at all. It's still good even if you omit the cheese.


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                      LaLa RE: JonParker Jun 18, 2013 08:45 AM

                      Another good Ina recipe for carrots


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                        1sweetpea RE: LaLa Jun 18, 2013 08:51 AM

                        A very fresh salad recipe I encountered in Romania is the following: Shred raw peeled beets and place them in martini glasses. Shred raw peeled carrots and place them atop the beets. Shred peeled tart green apples and place them atop the carrots. Drizzle a bit of tasteless oil (grapeseed, safflower, etc.) and raw apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) over all and enjoy. Allow diners to use salt and pepper individually. It seems too simple to be elegant, but the combination is lovely.

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                          smaki RE: 1sweetpea Jun 18, 2013 04:05 PM

                          Any cabbage sliced fine slaw or with grated carrots. Grated carrots and beets with a little oil good-season's like home made would be tasty.

                          For slaw dressing: I often use 2 cups home made mayo (optional can use 1/2 cup EVOO with this), with 1tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper, 1T vinegar, 1 T fresh lime juice (lemon works in a pinch), 2 T sugar (evaporated cane juice), with one large onion minced as small as can get it. Can tune the sugar and vinegar to your preference. My favorite vinegar is rice vinegar. While can use any kind of vinegar combination including malt, wine, champagne, ... but only a little bit of good balsamic.

                          OPTIONAL: add your favorite chili pepper grind to the mix.

                          The combination with spicy sweet sour and good EVOO oil cutting it is Yum to me over a green salad also.

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                      GilaB RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 09:06 AM

                      Moroccan-Israeli carrot salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
                      I prefer versions with cooked carrots, personally, so that's how I make it, but the raw one is quite popular, too.

                      If I were you, I'd probably be steaming some of the carrots quickly in the microwave, which wouldn't heat up the house but will give you more flexibility in terms of recipes.

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                        cheesecake17 RE: GilaB Jun 18, 2013 02:00 PM

                        I use shredded carrots, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, salt/pepper, and raisins plumped in orange juice. Also excellent with roasted carrot coins

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                          HillsofBeverly RE: GilaB Jun 19, 2013 04:27 PM

                          Just made the cooked carrot version of the recipe posted by GilaB - delicious and loved by all members of the household. I like it better than raw shredded versions now too.

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                            GilaB RE: HillsofBeverly Jun 20, 2013 09:58 AM

                            Glad you enjoyed!

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                            hotoynoodle RE: GilaB Jun 20, 2013 10:09 AM

                            i love this kind of raw salad and use sumac instead of cumin.

                            shaved carrot salad is wonderful with a dash of orange-blossom water.

                            you can also steam them, then whizz in the food pro with some ginger and either olive oil or yogurt and some herbs to make a dip/spread. some peanut or almond butter works too.

                            these carrots will last a week or two so no need to plow through them!

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                              jeanmarieok RE: GilaB Jun 20, 2013 10:16 AM

                              I've made a simple version of this with just grated carrots, lemon juice and olive oil, a pinch of cumin and garlic. It's really yummy.

                            2. Veggo RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 09:18 AM

                              It wouldn't require much cooking time to make a chilled carrot soup.

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                                bte576 RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 10:19 AM

                                A friend brought these honey roasted carrots over for a dinner once and we really enjoyed them. I like to make this now with half carrots/half parsnips and add fresh herbs.


                                1. weezieduzzit RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 11:34 AM

                                  We've been cooking almost everything on the grill lately. I don't see why you couldn't cut them in half lengthwise, brush with oil and grill like you would sweet potato or any other firm veggie.

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: weezieduzzit Jun 18, 2013 02:01 PM

                                    Grilled carrots are great. Steaming them first lessens the risk of charred outsides/raw insides

                                  2. mebby RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 02:51 PM

                                    This carrot salad from this month's COTM, Burma, sounds fantastic and very refreshing in the heat:

                                    1. foodieX2 RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 02:55 PM

                                      carrot ginger soup. Tastes great hot or cold, Freeze wonderfully. Make it in a slow cooker and you wont heat up your kitchen.

                                      1. MidwesternerTT RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 07:40 PM

                                        This was my favorite no-cook combination to use up excess carrots.

                                        Shredded Carrot Apple Cranberry salad

                                        3 large carrots - peeled & shredded
                                        1 large apple - half shreded, half sliced for garnish
                                        1/4 - 1/2 C. dried cranberries
                                        2 T. light mayonnaise
                                        2 T. apple cider

                                        Mix shredded carrots & apples.
                                        Add 1/4 - 1/2 C. dried cranberries (craisins).
                                        Stir in equal-parts light mayonnaise and apple cider. I used 2 T. of each.

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                                          HandLikeAFist RE: bitchincook Jun 18, 2013 10:17 PM

                                          Grate the carrots. In a mini-food processor blitz lemon juice, good olive oil, a clove of garlic, sea salt, and maybe a half-cup of toasted sesame seeds. Amounts to taste. Pour over carrots.

                                          1. MidwesternerTT RE: bitchincook Jun 19, 2013 09:10 AM

                                            If you decide to cook some, perhaps make carrot waffles? CH gimlis1mum recommended the Dorie Greenspan recipe Carrot Muffins on a Grid, that looks good to me although I've not tried it yet. Her comments on the recipe are on this thread
                                            and the recipe is here

                                            1. iowagirl RE: bitchincook Jun 19, 2013 09:29 AM

                                              We really like this carrot and kale salad - i've made my own baked tofu and have used store-bought and it's good both ways!


                                              1. LindaWhit RE: bitchincook Jun 19, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                Shred them, add it to shredded cabbage for coleslaw.

                                                Or shred them all, add raisins, and make a coleslaw-type dressing for carrot-raisin salad.

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                                                  Querencia RE: bitchincook Jun 19, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                  Jello salads are out of fashion but at our house it wouldn't be summer without orange jello with grated (raw) carrots and canned) crushed pineapple in it. Very refreshing with cold chicken etc. (I "grate" carrots by putting them in the Cuisinart.)

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                                                    Gastronomos RE: Querencia Jun 19, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                    please gimme the exact method used to make this. Thanks!

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                                                    RavaIdli RE: bitchincook Jun 19, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                    Nigella's carrot peanut salad. Habit forming:

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                                                      MrsJonesey RE: RavaIdli Jun 19, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                      Nigella calls for groundnut oil. May I ask what oil you use? Thanks.

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                                                        hotoynoodle RE: MrsJonesey Jun 20, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                        groundnut oil is peanut oil. any neutral oil will do.

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                                                          MrsJonesey RE: hotoynoodle Jun 20, 2013 05:00 PM

                                                          Boy, I feel stupid now. Groundnut. Of course, it's a peanut. I was thinking a nut which has been ground to extract the oil. lol. Thanks!

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                                                      happybaker RE: bitchincook Jun 20, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                      This is one of my favorite salads and I happily eat the leftovers (if there are any!) with a spoon as a treat.

                                                      Make sure to grate the carrots finely, it DOES make a difference.


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