Have you heard of a spiralizer? There are many varieties on the market but essentially it’s a kitchen gadget that transforms a vegetable into something that looks like spaghetti, like this one. It sounds like a great invention, but I don’t know if I’d use it more than twice before the cool factor wore off. Do you have one? And if so, do you think it was worth the investment?
I decided to resort to my good old fashioned peeler instead to see if I could create a meal similar to what a spiralizer would produce. Peeling carrots seemed like a natural idea, so I created this light and healthy salad that has a little Mediterranean flair to it.
Mediterranean Carrot Salad Recipe
Ingredients for Lemon Dressing:
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
Ingredients for Carrot Salad:
- 2 large carrots
- lemon dressing
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 3 ounces feta cheese, chopped
Directions for the Lemon Dressing:
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. Set it aside.
Directions for the Carrot Salad:
- Using a peeler, peel the outer layer of each carrot and throw those peels away.
- Make strips of carrot by running the peeler down the length of the carrot.
- Place the carrot laces into the lemon dressing bowl and gently mix everything together.
- Separate the carrot laces onto 2 plates.
- Sprinkle half of the sunflower seeds and chopped feta cheese on top of each serving.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Simple, simple, simple here, people. When you are working with fresh ingredients, you don’t need a lot of them to make a tasty meal.
I love the contrasting textures of the soft feta cheese and crunchy carrots and sunflower seeds. The feta also adds a lovely salty taste and complements the lemon herbed dressing. Let’s face it, feta is awesome and when you call something “Mediterranean” it’s a required ingredient. 😉
My carrot “strings” don’t look like the spaghetti strings that a spiralizer would have produced. They are more like long egg noodle shaped. I think I produced a lovely looking salad (and I saved myself some moola by not buying a new kitchen gadget). After all, a tasty meal is really all about the recipe so unless a spiralizer comes with a fantastic recipe book I think I’ll hold off on the purchase (at least for now).
I enjoyed this salad for lunch but it also makes for a great side dish.
Here are some other sexy salads.