When it comes to seasonal vegetables in the winter, carrots are where it’s at!
This root vegetable doesn’t usually get to take the front seat when it comes to the primary ingredient in a dish and you can typically find it in abundance during the winter. And so it just seems like a shame not to highlight it in a recipe.
When my sister Amanda told me I should use some of her carrots to make something, I was totally game! She had a huge amount of carrots in her cellar from her winter storage stock up from their CSA farmers and she wanted to make a dent in them.
When it came to creating this recipe, I wanted to highlight the carrots specifically and I also wanted to use the spiralizer.
I’ve used my spiralizer to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) many times and I’ve also prepared duck fat sweet potato shoestring fries (this recipe can be found in Pigskin Paleo) and I wanted to expand the recipes here on the blog that use that kitchen gadget. Plus it’s just fun to play with the spiralizer (not so much when it comes to cleaning it tho). And that’s how this Carroodle Salad came to be.
Everyday or Holiday?
I prepared this salad to bring as a side dish for Thanksgiving while celebrating with my sister & friends in Missoula, Montana this year. It makes for a great dish to contribute to a potluck but it can also serve as a meal.
If you want to add a little protein throw a fried egg on top. Or serve it as a side dish during a weeknight meal alongside some chicken, pork or turkey.
Pft…I don’t own fancy gadgets!
Even though my values align with minimalism, I find value in the kitchen equipment that I own. I only keep what I actually use.
If you don’t own a spiralizer, not to worry. Using the spiralizer is not something that will make or break this recipe.
You can easily do one of the following instead.
- Thinly slice the carrots by hand using a knife and cutting board.
- Shred the carrots using a food processor.
- Use a peeler to produce carrot ribbons. I highly recommend a Y peeler, especially if you love your fingers. ;)
- And you may even want to check your local library or ask a friend to borrow theirs. Even better, prepare this recipe together and you can both enjoy it.