Apparently I’m a creature of habit because I’ve eaten a variation of this salad several times a week for over six months. I thought for sure I’d be sick of it by now, but nope, still loving it and I’m pretty sure I’ll still be enjoying it in a few months time. For some reason the combination of carrots and ginger just gets me. And when you throw in red onion for a punch and raisins for sweetness, it apparently makes for a salad I can’t live without.
When it’s on the chilly side, my daily green smoothie usually ends up getting swapped with this salad. So after my workout, I come home and have some fruit, wait about 30 minutes and then follow it up with my carrot salad. Whereas in the summer, I workout in the morning and follow-up with an oversized smoothie topped full of fruit and crisp raw veggies.
For this variation, I used garlic infused olive oil and coconut aminos (both featured in the picture below); however, I normally use Tamari and toasted sesame oil which is what I included in the recipe details below. Both are delicious, it really just depends on what I have on hand. The coconut aminos is sweeter than the Tamari so if I use it, I’ll sometimes leave out the raisins. I also like to sauté onions and mushrooms to toss in if I’m feeling a warm dish. Feel free to substitute with what you have on hand and mix and match. The options are endless!
One of the best things about this latest trend I’m on – is that even in the dead of winter – my skin never got pasty! I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard, “wow, you’re so tan” this past winter when I had no tan lines and hadn’t been in the sun. And no, I don’t naturally have tan skin. Before I transitioned to a whole food plant based diet, I got sickly white in the middle of the winter. All I can say is thank you carrots and your precious beta carotene.
Beta carotene is responsible for giving carrots their beautiful orange pigment and when we eat them, we get to reap the reward and take on the color too. Even Steve Jobs was known for having a “sunset hue” skin tone for eating nothing but carrot salads for weeks on end.
Studies show that the yellow glow achieved from eating fruits and veggies is found to be more attractive than the brown glow from a suntan. And that holds true for all skin colors.
So if you’re looking for a ‘golden’ skin glow that people instinctively see as healthy and attractive, eat your carrots!
- 1 large handful of baby spinach
- 1-2 carrots, shredded
- 1/2 inch chopped ginger
- 2 tbls chopped red onion
- 1 tbls raisins
- 1 tbls hemp seeds (optional)
- 2 tbls cilantro for garnish or chopped into salad (optional)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 tbls toasted sesame oil
- Juice from a 1/3 lime
- Sea salt to taste
- Toss all ingredients together and enjoy!