Southeast Asian Carrot Salad with Mint and Roasted Peanuts

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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.
FamilyStyle Food

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

Serves 4

  • 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
  1. Trim off the carrot tops; peel and cut carrots into thin ribbons or matchsticks using a knife, mandoline or vegetable peeler.
  2. Toss the carrots with the cabbage, green onions, mint and peanuts in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture and gently toss to coat.
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1 day ago ECMotherwell

I made this last night for a dinner party (the main entree was banh mi) and folks really liked it a lot. Thank you for a great recipe, and a lovely dish!

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over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

sounds really tasty!