The Real Housewife of Santa Monica

French Carrot Salad

This is unbelievably tasty despite or maybe due to the simplicity of the ingredients! A perfect pre-dinner salad that you can make quickly or even ahead of time.

My neighbor gives me bags of lemons from her prolific lemon tree from time to time.

I usually squeeze a bunch of them into ice cube trays and freeze the juice for later cooking use.

This time, before I start squeezing & freezing I remembered a simple carrot salad I’d just read about in La Tartine Gourmande. I noticed the book at the library and quickly photocopied a few recipes from it.

Try this!!! I mean it.

All you need:

The amounts in this recipe serve about 4 people. I would definitely double it next time but I was hand grating…

4 large carrots, peeled
1 TBSP flat leaf parsley, chopped (I used Italian parsley as that’s all I had)
2 TBSP chives, chopped

sea salt & pepper
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
6 TBSP olive oil

Grate the carrots and place in large bowl. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the vinaigrette ingredients in the order listed, whisk together and pour over the carrots. Combine well with spoon. Cover & refrigerate. Dress with the fresh herbs just before serving.

Maddie ate 3 bowls in rapid succession and then asked if she could take some to school the next day. There were no leftovers.

French Carrot Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: French
Prep time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 4

A simple & very tasty salad enjoyed by kids & adults!
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & grated
  • 1 TBSP flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 TBSP chives, chopped
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • sea salt & pepper
  • ¼ c fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 TBSP olive oil

  1. Grate carrots & place in a large bowl. **Don’t add herbs yet!**
  2. In another bowl, combine the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk together & pour over carrots, stirring to combine. Cover & refrigerate.
  3. Add fresh herbs just before serving. Yum!

Source: La Tartine Gourmande

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