Friday, January 2, 2009

Carrot Slices for Salads

This is something I've always done for salads, but didn't think to post it here till my daughter was watching me make dinner lastnight and said, "Wow, Mom, that's a clever way to do carrots in the salad! I didn't know you did it that way!" So, here you go...

I hate big chunks of carrot in a green salad because they don't compliment the lettuce very well and they all sink to the bottom of the salad. I just can't seem to slice them thin enough. I've tried shredding them using a grater, but that takes forever and it's a lot of hard work -- plus I'm terrified I'll shred my fingers into the salad (ouch!). So I came up with this way of preparing carrots for a green salad:

1. Peel the carrots and cut off the skinnier end.
2. Using the same vegetable peeler, hold it at a 45-degree angle and "peel" bits off the end of the carrot with a quick motion, turning the carrot as you go. As my daughter pointed out, it's kind of like using the peeler to sharpen the end of the carrot (like sharpening a pencil). You get bigger pieces than a grater, but they're thin and mix into the lettuce better.

Ta-da! :)


  1. smart!! Thats a great idea- I think shredded is too small and slices totally take away from the salad because they are so thanks! Love it!

  2. oh, cute new layout!