French Carrot Salad
I never knew I’d be so excited about a raw carrot salad. Then again, I’m not sure I’ve ever had French carrot salad before! Have you? Carrot salads are ubiquitous in France and we’ve been missing out.
I’m generally a fan of big, bold flavor, but French carrot salad (salade de carottes râpées) is a delicate balance of sweet raw carrot, tangy lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard and herbs. This carrot salad is a lesson in restraint and tastes more complex than it is.
1 pound carrots, peeled
2 tablespoons finely snipped chives or chopped green onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Optional: 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt