root down: raw beet & carrot salad

There’s a raw vegan cafe in town called Gorilla Foods. I like ‘em and I love their Root Down juice which basically contains whatever you want to juice up. My standard juice order contains beets, carrots, lemon, orange, and ginger and it’s so so so very tasty. So when I had some big ol’ beets and some lovely multi-coloured organic carrots on hand, I decided to do a root down version in salad form. This isn’t all raw since I’m using mustard and I think mustard is cooked…but I’m not a raw food fantatic so that doesn’t matter to me anyway.

This salad turned out lovely. And I’m not talking about how pretty it looks in the bowl. I mean, look at it! Stunning! Ruby, purple, orange and pink…it’s a visual masterpiece! For this recipe, I pulled out my Benriner Japanese Mandolin Slicerso everything is perfectly julienned, but you can use a food processor or just grate everything up by hand. Despite the time spent grating/julienning, it’s a very simple salad to put together and there’s a sweetness alongside a nice spicy bite. Oh yeah, and it’s very healthy. Perfect for this time of year.

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19 comments to “root down: raw beet & carrot salad”

  1. 1
    VeggieGirl   December 9, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds great to me!!

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    Jen   December 9, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Fabulous! So gorgeous and what a great way to use some winter veggies. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!

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    Kristin   December 10, 2008 at 4:55 am

    I can’t wait to try this. Beets are one of my favourite foods. I’ve got a bag of rainbow carrots in the fridge too. Yum!

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    Bijoux   December 10, 2008 at 5:13 am

    This looks so pretty. I like the effect that the mandolin slicer creates. Not sure I’d be up for grating everything by hand though, especially the raw beets. Which basically implies I should by one of these gizmos :) Speaking of raw beets, I doubt that I’ve ever tried eating raw beets before other than pulverized in a health drink. The salad dressing sounds like it kicks butt!

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    kaitlin   December 10, 2008 at 5:30 am

    That salad looks like a bowl full of fireworks! Beets never looked so good.

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    Dawn   December 10, 2008 at 11:07 am

    you are so lucky to have a raw food place to go too. we have zero, zip, nada here. we have to go all the way into Boston for that.
    I will go vote for you now…..

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    Sherri L   December 10, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I voted for you!

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    Caviar and Codfish   December 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    your standard juice sounds perfect – would’ve never thought of that combination. though of course it’s easier in a salad, don’t think i’ll be juicing carrots anytime soon. :)

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    Amanda   December 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Nice work on the mandolin! I have yet to master than particular kitchen beast.

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    hag   December 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I love beets! this looks good and healthy! I guess you have a mandolin, eh? I have to get one…but they do scare me a bit.

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    havecakewilltravel.com   December 11, 2008 at 8:04 am

    that would be a great reason for finally using the mandolin I have but never have the courage to pull out.

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    kickpleat   December 11, 2008 at 9:47 am

    VeggieGirl, it is pretty great!

    No problem, Jen!

    Well, Kristin, looks like you are all set. I love how rainbow carrots look. So pretty.

    Bijoux, a mandoline is a bit of work but it’s worth it.

    Thanks Sherri :)

    Haha, indeed Kaitlin!

    Thanks Dawn :)

    Amanda, I don’t think I’ve mastered it yet, but I was pretty impressed with how it all turned out!

    Caviar, it’s a good combo! And the salad is definitely easier since I can make it at home :)

    Hag, I got mine at Ming Wo on sale. I love it!

    Try it, have cake! It’s kinda scary using a mandoline, but worth the stress.

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    eileen   December 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    every time I read an entry like this I regret getting rid of my mandoline more and more. boo! but how awesome a salad is that? I propose that it is totally awesome.

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    Megan   December 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Hi there, I just stumbled upon your blog and am really enjoying the recipes. Unfortunately I found it too late to vote but best of luck to you!!

    I love how this salad not only takes amazing flavours and mixes them together but I love when food can look that beautiful too! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    kickpleat   December 30, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    eileen, too bad you got rid of it, but this salad is pretty rad!

    thanks megan! the salad is definitely a sight for the eyeballs :)

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    Marie-Ève   February 4, 2009 at 5:14 am

    This is delicious! I think I’m going to make it again tonight :)

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    David Lee   February 11, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Wahh.. it’s a very simple item, but i didn’t know before about this salad. I have available all the things, let me try. Thanks for your recipe.

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    Web Designer   March 19, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Its look really delicious.

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    Cindy   March 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve had this bookmarked for awhile and finally just got around to making it. I’m sorry I didn’t do it sooner–it’s beautiful, fresh, and delicious! It will definitely become part of my regular roster of recipes. Thanks for the fabulous recipe… first time I’ve had raw beets too!

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