29 June 2012

asian carrot salad

as promised, today i'm sharing the recipe for the asian carrot salad that i brought to a potluck earlier this week.  and i almost feel a little guilty holding out on it too given that it's so deliciously quick & easy! 

this salad is colourful, fresh, tangy and especially sweet if you use real, homegrown carrots -- you know, ones that actually taste like carrots?  it's funny how my tastebuds forget until i get that first sweet, crunchy bite of a farm-fresh organic carrot each season...  (yes, i know i'm getting a little ahead of myself here as it's not even july yet, but we lucky enough to score some carrots still remaining from last season's harvest from our csa farmers and even after spending a winter in cold storage, they taste 100x better than anything from the grocery store.  yahoo!)


asian carrot salad
serves 4-6
6 cups thickly grated carrots (i used my food processor)
1 block extra firm tofu
1/8 cup sesame seeds (i used black & white toasted seeds)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
6 tbsp tamari, divided
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar

start by pressing the water out of your tofu.  (i do this by wrapping it in a clean tea towel and placing something really heavy on it for 5-10 minutes.)  then slice it up into about 10-12 pieces and place them in a shallow baking dish to marinate in 2 tablespoons of the tamari.  after about 15 minutes of marinating time, give the tofu a quick spritz of cooking oil and place under the broiler for 5 minutes to crisp up.  remove, flip tofu, spritz again with oil and then return to the oven to crisp up the other side.  remove, cool & cube.

place the carrots, tofu & seeds in a large bowl.  whisk the remaining ingredients together to make a dressing, drizzle over the carrot mix, toss & serve.

submitted to wellness weekends.



i think i might make this again on sunday for a canada day long weekend bbq. 

what about you -- any big long weekend plans in your future?

12 comments:

  1. That sounds so delicious! and i love the flower:) so pretty!

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    1. even at 31, i still can't resist picking a daisy! :)

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  2. The tofu looks really well done! I never have the patience to cook mine correctly. The whole salad looks really nice, especially the black and white sesame seed garnishes :)

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    1. thanks maud! i rarely broil my tofu but i likely will again because it takes hardly any time and the texture is bang-on!

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  3. That looks like a substantive and tasty salad! Tamari, sesame oil, and rice vinegar go so well together!

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  4. Exactly what I am craving right now! I love this kind of carrot salad. I am lucky that the carrots from or grocery store usually taste like homegrown ones. But only those with the greens on. It makes such a difference to me.

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    1. you are lucky mihl! but i think the standards are generally so much higher in europe that over here... hope you satisfied your carrot salad craving :)

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  5. I'm interested in receiving produce from the CSA- But I can't find where to go! I live in Sudbury as well! By the way, I am totally going to make this salad tomorrow! Looks delicious!

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    1. thanks julie!
      we have our CSA with dalew farms, but i know of a few others locally that have a similar farm share program - usually they sell out prior to harvest season but it wouldn't hurt to give them each a call and find out! eat local sudbury co-operative is a great resource of all things local food too: here's a link to their website and if you scroll down you'll find links to CSA-participating farms this season http://www.eatlocalsudbury.com/#!get_involved/c1q5z

      good luck!

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  6. Thank you! I love Eat Local Sudbury! We get all of our meats there! I will check out their website for the CSA info.

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