Cooking Italy: Shredded Carrot Salad~

29 08 2010

It’s Summer…time for grilling, barbecues, refreshing salads…  This recipe is perfect for all of those!  It’s not your usual carrot salad, with mayo and raisins…  Marcella Hazan has combined nothing more than the natural sweetness of carrots with lemon juice and olive oil for a refreshing salad that will go with just about anything!  This is a salad that you can make just about any time…because you probably have the ingredients all the time.  It’s just that simple.  Grated carrot. Lemon juice (there’s also a version with red wine vinegar), olive oil, salt and pepper… that’s it.  It’s bright in color, bright in flavor, and bright in contrast on the plate.  It was also a fun choice for Cooking Italy as a Summer dish that didn’t require spending a lot of time over a hot stove in the middle of the Summer!

Tasting Notes~
We really enjoyed this salad!  We were kind of surprised at the taste…you tend to expect the flavors that live in your head, and this salad didn’t taste anything like we thought!  The lemon brought such a bright flavor to the table!  WOW!  Not tart…but perky!  It pairs really well with all kinds of meat, especially grilled meat.  One other thing…it’s also really quick to put together!!