Carrot Sesame Slaw

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Rainbow carrots are lovely, aren’t they? Lovely in the way that you really don’t need to do much to make them look and taste really spectacular and special–because they already are. Lovely in the way that somehow, just by flashing a fancy color, an ordinary root vegetable is transformed in to something extraordinary. Lovely in the way that in about the five minutes it takes to julienne them, you can have a crisp and tasty slaw that goes well with just about anything….but I’m really getting ahead of myself here.

First it’s necessary to pull off those green stems and give them a good scrub. Rainbow carrots shouldn’t be peeled (or only peeled very lightly) because the brilliant purple color is only on the outer layer. So just make sure they are good and clean and any little root fibers are rubbed off.

Then comes the small matter of julienning them. I have a mandoline, which is perfect for a job like this, if you like doing dishes. But come the end of the day, I have usually been doing dishes for hours and hours so that is not something I really look forward to. Nor do I have the impeccable knife skills required to cut such long slivers of carrots (and I have the scars to prove it). So luckily, I found this peeler that actually slices the carrots into julienne strips and fits into my dishwasher’s silverware compartment. Cool, right? Alternately, you can cut the carrots into thicker ribbons using your regular vegetable peeler, which isn’t as slaw-ish, but also does the job.

Finally, these gorgeous ribbons of carrot are tossed with lime juice, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil for a delicious, and nutritious (and beautiful) salad. If you can’t find them in your farmers’ market, don’t despair! Plain orange carrots will work just fine!


Carrot Sesame Slaw
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This recipe is spectacular with rainbow carrots if you can find them (your farmers' market or natural foods store is your best bet), but it works equally well with the standard orange variety as well. I love this salad as a light lunch or as a side dish at dinner time. It keeps very well and I think it tastes even better the next day.
Serves: serves 4
  • 1 bunch of carrots, cut into long julienned slices
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoons gluten free tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free fish sauce (or additional tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  1. Place the carrots in a medium bowl. In another smaller bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sesame oil, tamari, fish sauce and honey.
  2. Drizzle over the carrots and toss well (I use my hands).
  3. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro and serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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  1. Beautiful slaw! Looks delicious. Love the combo of sesame and tamari. I’m excited to grow carrots in our garden again this year. We had a bumper crop last season!

    Cheers, Pete

  2. Your photos are spectacular! Love when yellow and purple carrots arrive at the farmers market

  3. Can you use raw julienned beets for half the carrots?

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