If you’re trying to stay healthy by eating lots of vegetables, you’re probably eating lots of salads. But let’s be honest, sometimes the same old salad can get a bit boring. Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, maybe a protein and a bottled dressing can become a routine that makes eating vegetables feel like a chore. Enter the carrot ribbon detox salad. It’s here to spice up your life and rekindle your love for bright, colorful, flavour-bursting veggies. It’s anything but boring!
If you can find heirloom carrots (orange, yellow and purple varieties) then you’ve just taken this salad to rainbow unicorn levels. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. All you need is a handy vegetable peeler to transform regular carrots into multi-coloured ribbons.
The tahini dressing takes all of five minutes to make with a whisk and a bowl, and it adds a delicious, creamy, lemony flavor with a touch of maple that compliments these veggies perfectly. Add a sprinkling of toasted pistachios and fresh mint and we are now in salad heaven.
This recipe makes the perfect detox lunch or dinner. It goes with or without your favorite protein. Trust me, with all this fiber you may not have room!
It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, refined sugar-free and out-of-this-world good. Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
Carrot Ribbon Detox Salad with Tahini Dressing
Dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, vegan
Serves: 2 / Cook time: 30 mins
3 carrots, trimmed and peeled
2 radish bulbs, sliced into half moons
½ small fennel bulb, sliced
3 tablespoons of pistachios (toasted in oven at 375 degrees F for 10 mins and chopped)
1 handful fresh mint leaves, washed dried and torn
Fennel fronds (little green leaves at top of fennel bulb) as optional garnish
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of tahini paste
1 tablespoon of water
Juice from ½ lemon
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
6 cracks of black pepper
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon of maple syrup
In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Taste and add more salt and lemon if needed. Set aside.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots lengthwise into thin ribbons and place in a medium-sized bowl. Add the rest of the salad ingredients.
Add dressing and toss until salad is fully coated.
Serve and enjoy!