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Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad

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This bright and colorful Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad will refresh any dinner table. Used a humble vegetable peeler to turn raw fresh carrots into beautiful and crunchy carrot ribbons. Paired with a flavorful sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette and some tangy feta, this is the perfect way to use up extra carrots without turning on a single kitchen appliance!
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This bright and colorful Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad will refresh any dinner table. Used a humble vegetable peeler to turn raw fresh carrots into beautiful and crunchy carrot ribbons. Paired with a flavorful sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette and some tangy feta, this is the perfect way to use up extra carrots without turning on a single kitchen appliance!

How To Make Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad

How To Prepare the Carrot Ribbons

Start with cutting the tops of your large carrots and peeling the outer skin with your trusted vegetable peeler. Using your peeler, shave the carrots to get long and even ribbons. If you’re ever left with some carrot chunks, don’t just throw them away. You can still use them in your other dishes or even toss them into your Homemade Vegetable Broth.

How To Prepare Spicy Dressing

You can either use a mason jar or whisk to emulsify your spicy vinaigrette dressing. Combine the garlic paste, olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, Tabasco, ground ginger, and salt and pepper. If you’re using a mason jar, make sure the lid is properly sealed, and you can begin with your best dance shake to combine it fully. If you're using the more traditional whisking method, whisk until your dressing is well combined.

How To Assemble Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad

In a mixing bowl, toss your carrot ribbons with your spicy vinaigrette until fully coated. When ready to serve, add your cilantro leaves and crumbled feta cheese. Toss everything together until well combined. You can serve it in the same bowl or transfer it to a serving plate. Garnish with some more freshly ground black pepper, crumbled feta cheese, and cilantro leaves.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Carrots - known for being rich in beta-carotene that turns into vitamin A. Its sweet and earthy flavor with crunchy texture is easily the perfect base for this salad. Make sure to use fresh carrots for this dish.
  • Feta - the most popular cheese in Mediterranean cuisines. This crumbly white cheese’s briny, salty, and tangy flavor is a great addition to flavor with every bite.
  • Cilantro - also known as coriander, most popular in Latin American, Asian, and Caribbean cuisines. Cilantro has a vibrant, herby, and citrusy flavor. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute it with fresh parsley.
  • Olive Oil - the rich flavor of this heart-healthy fat made from crushed olives is always the go-to for vinaigrettes. In this recipe, you can use your preferred olive oil, if you want a stronger flavor, opt for the extra virgin variety.
  • White Wine Vinegar - has a light fruity tone and is more delicate in flavor compared to red wine vinegar. If you don’t have one in your pantry, both apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar can be good substitutes for white wine vinegar.
  • Honey - aside from acting as an emulsifier, honey adds depth and balance to your vinaigrette.
  • Tabasco - being vinegar-based, it is a perfect hot sauce to add that kick of spice and heat for this dressing.
  • Ginger - a touch of ginger for the salad dressing will help brighten the whole flavor and gives some warm notes too.
  • Garlic - fresh garlic paste has a great intensity of flavor, a truly welcome addition for this spicy dressing.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Adjusting heat or sweetness - don’t forget to taste your vinaigrette. Feel free to adjust the heat by adding more Tabasco or if you want it on a sweeter side, you can add a bit more honey.
  • Salad Variations - you can use this spicy dressing with your favorite greens. You can try it with some fresh baby spinach and cherry tomatoes.
  • Protein Pairings - this spicy carrot salad pairs great with protein too! You can easily pair it with Classic Pan-Seared Steak, Lime Chili Chicken Skewers, or even some Seared Salmon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does The Spicy Vinaigrette Dressing Last?

If you want to make a big batch of this spicy and tangy vinaigrette, it can last for 7 days in the fridge because of the addition of fresh garlic. If you wish to keep it longer, omit the garlic and just add it when ready to serve. Your spicy vinaigrette could last up to 3 weeks in the fridge without the fresh garlic.

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15min
Total Time
$4.29
Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

Servings
4
US / METRIC
4
(1 lb)
Large Carrots
or 5-6 Medium Carrots
1 cup
Crumbled Feta Cheese
plus some extra for garnish
or Goat Cheese
1 bunch
about 1 cup of loosely packed leaves, plus some extra for garnish
or Mint of you don't like Cilantro

Dressing

1/4 cup
3 Tbsp
White Wine Vinegar
or Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp
or Agave Syrup
1 tsp
Tabasco® Original Red Pepper Sauce
or more to taste
or another strong sauce with vinegar base
1 tsp
or Freshly Grated Ginger
1 clove
to taste
around 1/4 tsp
to taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
around 1/4 tsp
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
425
FAT
20.6 g
PROTEIN
12.4 g
CARBS
51.1 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
First make a paste by crushing the Kosher Salt (to taste) with the flat side of a knife on a cutting board, then mincing it up. Sprinkle a pinch of Garlic (1 clove) over the minced garlic, and slowly rub it into the cutting board with the flat side of your knife until it becomes mostly-smooth.
Step 2
Make the dressing by combining garlic paste, Olive Oil (1/4 cup) , White Wine Vinegar (3 Tbsp) , Honey (1 Tbsp) , Tabasco® Original Red Pepper Sauce (1 tsp) , Ground Ginger (1 tsp) , and some Kosher Salt (to taste) and Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) (I used around 1/4 tsp each) in a jar with a lid or a bowl. If using a jar, close the lid and shake to emulsify, otherwise whisk until well combined.
Step 3
Taste and adjust flavors if you want, then set aside.
Step 4
Cut the tops off the Carrots (4) and peel off the outer layer of skin. If using thick carrots, cut in half lengthwise.
Step 5
Use the same peeler, shave carrot “ribbons” from the sides of the carrot into a large bowl. It helps to rotate as you go.
Step 6
Give the dressing a final stir or a shake to re-mix, then add to the bowl of carrots and toss to combine.
Step 7
If not serving right away, hold off on adding the cilantro and feta until just before serving. When you’re ready to serve, pick the leaves off the Fresh Cilantro (1 bunch) into the bowl. Add the Crumbled Feta Cheese (1 cup) .
Step 8
Toss gently to combine everything, so you don't break up the feta crumbles too much.
Step 9
You can serve the Spicy Carrot Feta Ginger Salad in the same bowl if you like, but I like to serve it on a platter with a crack of Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Garnish with a few more cilantro leaves and feta crumbles if desired.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
425
% Daily Value*
Fat
20.6 g
26%
Saturated Fat
6.1 g
30%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
20.2 mg
7%
Carbohydrates
51.1 g
19%
Fiber
12.8 g
46%
Sugars
25.9 g
--
Protein
12.4 g
25%
Sodium
750.5 mg
33%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
299.4 mg
23%
Iron
1.5 mg
8%
Potassium
1491.3 mg
32%
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