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Esalen Garden Carrot Salad

Summer is in full swing and our Garden is producing carrots in a wide spectrum of colors that are both lovely to behold and tasty to eat. As the heat starts to climb, it's a good time to enjoy a nice cool, refreshing salad that is easy to pack for an afternoon picnic or having friends over for a backyard BBQ. Carrots can be the star of a salad and even surpass the more famous versions of summer salads like potato and macaroni. This recipe gives it a nice lemon-ginger accent to help keep it light and invigorating while remaining an easy dish to prepare on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs carrots 
  • 1 bunch green onions   
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise *
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice   
  • ⅛ cup cashews   
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup   
  • 1 teaspoon salt   
  • 1 teaspoon ginger  

*If you desire a vegan version, freely substitute any vegan version of mayonnaise available. There are several versions based on tofu or avocado, and even some made from rice milk.

Instructions

  1. First, let’s shred those carrots. Scrub them thoroughly and make sure any dirt or debris is cleaned off. If you do this there is no need to peel them. Unpeeled carrots are delicious and safe. Plus it means extra vitamin A for you and not the compost pile. There are many ways to shred the carrots; the easiest being the use of a food processor. If you do not have one, simply use a box grater like you would for cheese.
  2. Clean the green onions and trim off the root end, tossing that into the compost.
  3. Slice the green onions on a thin, diagonal bias cut about one inch in length.
  4. Raisins often come together in little sticky clumps, but you can soak them in hot water for a minute and break them apart with your fingers. The water will plump them up a bit and improve their bite.
  5. Mince the ginger fine by peeling it and then cutting it into coins about the size of a quarter. Then you can lay them down on your cutting board, smash them with the side of your knife, and proceed to mincing.
  6. Place the carrots, green onions, ginger and raisins in a large bowl. Mix with the remaining ingredients; be sure to mix thoroughly so all is evenly distributed.
  7. Taste and adjust the salt if needed. Or up the ginger if you desire a little more kick.
  8. Share and enjoy!

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