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.
raw beet & carrot salad
1 large beet, julienned
3 large carrots or 5 med-smallish carrots, julienned
tangerine or orange zest
juice of 1/2 tangerine or orange
juice of 1/2 lemon
2-4 T olive oil
1 T dijon mustard
1 T maple syrup or honey
1/2 t fresh grated ginger
salt & pepper
Combine the beets and carrots in a bowl. Mix the zest, juice, olive oil, mustard, syrup, ginger and spices in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Taste adding in more olive oil if you find it too sharp or add in more lemon juice to make it more tart. Toss with salad and let marinate for a few minutes before serving.