Shaved Carrot Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing


Lime Vinaigrette

  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice from about 2 small limes
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Kosher salt

Shaved Carrot Salad

  • 2/3 – 5/4 cup golden or black raisins*
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds or cumin powder
  • 2 pounds carrots
  • 4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic grated or pounded with a pinch of salt
  • 1-2 large jalapenos seeds and stem removed, minced
  • 2 cups (about 1 bunch) cilantro leaves and tender stems plus a few sprigs to garnish
  • Kosher salt


Lime Vinaigrette

  1. Pour the lime juice and the olive oil into a small jar or bowl.

  2. Smash the garlic clove**, rub a pinch of salt into it, then add it to the vinaigrette along with another pinch of salt.

  3. Shake (if using a seal-able jar) or stir the vinaigrette to combine, then taste it on a small leaf of lettuce for flavor, adjusting the salt and acid as necessary.

  4. Let the vinaigrette sit at least 10 minutes before using and remove the garlic clove before dressing the salad.

Shaved Carrot Salad

  1. In a small bowl, submerge the raisins in boiling water and let them sit 15 minutes to rehydrate and become plump. Drain the raisins and set them aside.

  2. Toast the cumin seeds in a small, dry skillet over medium heat. After about 3 minutes of swirling the seeds in the pan to toast them evenly, they should begin to smell fragrant and a couple seeds should pop. Immediately remove the seeds from the heat and dump them into a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Add a pinch of salt, then grind the seeds into a fine powder. (You can also use Cumin powder).

  3. Trim then peel the carrots. Using a mandoline, sharp knife, or Y-shaped peeler, thinly slice the carrots lengthwise into ribbons. Cut the thin slices into matchsticks. If this is too much effort, simply slice the carrots into thin coins or grate them in a food processor.

  4. In a large bowl, add the carrots, grated ginger, grated garlic, minced jalapeno, chopped cilantro, cumin power, and plumped raisins. Add 3 generous pinches of Kosher salt and toss to combine. Dress lightly with the shaken and rested lime vinaigrette, then toss again to combine. Taste the salad and adjust the seasoning as desired.

  5. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle together. The salad will keep, fully dressed, about two days in the fridge and is even better the second day.

  6. When ready to serve, toss to redistribute everything, then plate the salad on a large platter or in a bowl, garnished with a few sprigs of cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can easily use parsley instead

Recipe from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat