I’m just going to come right out and say it – this recipe was wholly unappealing to me. Not that there’s anything in it I don’t like but I’ve come to view carrots as more of an ingredient and not a star and so a whole salad of them??? Didn’t sound that awesome. Plus it was eerily reminiscent of something my mother-in-law made once that Tristan still kind of shudders over so I knew he wasn’t going to be any help in the eating department. I dilly-dallied and shilly-shallied until like 6:30 last night but I just knew I would be mad at myself if I didn’t make it since I didn’t even have to grocery shop for any of the ingredients (they are all things I always have around). So I stopped being a baby and made it and guess what, it’s actually pretty tasty.
I know I say this all the time, but mama really needs a big girl food processor. Not only does grating things like this make my arm sore, but look at this mess! I had carrot pieces all over the damn place! And yes, the same thing happens whether I grate into a bowl or onto the cutting board. I’m an erratic grater, what do you want from me?
I really liked the method of making the dressing in a little jam jar and it’s clearly very trendy because there is a whole little spread in my newest Everyday Food all about doing that. Way to be timely and on trend Doristas! Plus this jam jar used to have the BEST strawberry jam ever in it that a cute little old lady named Arfilene (Arf for short, weirdest and coolest name ever??) makes for everyone at Tristan’s work every summer so I just love it because of that.
I fed Tristan a spoonful and he said it tasted good but when I asked him if he wanted more he said “No thank you.” Hmph! I ate a little dish like this myself and I guess I’ll bring the rest to work today to see if I can entice anyone else with this carrot salad. I did actually halve the recipe because I knew this one would be kind of a hard sell but something else this girl needs? A food scale! It was kind of hard to guesstimate a half-pound of carrots. Like I said before, I did like this salad but it’s not something I can eat a lot of in one sitting. If it were on a buffet line I would take some and think it was yummy but not go back for seconds, that’s the verdict. I’m ready to move on and I’m excited for this Peach Melba thing next week! I think I’m going to make homemade ice cream for it and everything!