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Author Notes: It's disappointing that carrots are the forgotten stepchild of the the vegetable bin. They're readily available and have global diversity; they're adaptable to the flavor profile of so many cuisines. Just think - carrots quietly inhabit the background and remain a staple ingredient in recipes around the world: American, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean. - FamilyStyle Food
This Vietnamese-inspired recipe highlights the essence of carrots while making them a centerpiece; raw carrots have a sweet, refreshing crunch that can showcase the tang and heat of Southeast Asian flavors.
Food52 Review: I love the combination of peanuts and carrots with a little acid and this salad is an interesting twist. The flavors are bright and fresh and will be a great addition to a buffet or alongside some other Asian-themed dishes. My teens also liked this dish! When I make it again, I'll probably cut back the lime juice just a little. Serve this soon after making, when it's at its tastiest! —healthierkitchen
- 1 pound bunched carrots w/ fresh green tops
- 1 cup shredded Savoy cabbage
- 4 green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, shredded
- 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts; chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons roasted peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons Asian chili garlic sauce, to taste
- 1 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
- 1 crushed, chopped garlic clove
- Trim off the carrot tops; peel and cut carrots into thin ribbons or matchsticks using a knife, mandoline or vegetable peeler.
- Toss the carrots with the cabbage, green onions, mint and peanuts in a large bowl.
- To make dressing, whisk the lime juice, peanut oil, fish sauce, sugar, chili sauce, ginger and garlic in a small bowl until blended and sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture and gently toss to coat.