This harissa carrot salad makes the perfect side dish this summer. It's great with barbecued food as well as with other salads or in sandwiches. It's healthy, hot and spicy as well as dairy free and vegan.
I have to admit to having a slight love affair with harissa. I just can't resist it and have been using it in so many recipes recently. It's great as a salad dressing, in a marinade as well as just dolloped on the side of the plate. I love it so much that harissa has become a very regular item on my shopping list.
Harissa goes brilliantly with carrots!
One of the vegetables that I feel goes brilliantly with harissa is carrots. In this carrot salad the sweetness of the freshly grated carrots along with the heat of the harissa is a perfect pairing. I also love to add some sliced onion and lemon juice. It is DELICIOUS!
It only has 4 main ingredients which makes it so simple to make. I don't know about you but these are ingredients which I almost always have at home so i don't even need to go shopping to make it. It's the kind of salad I can make if I'm running out of food but want to whip up something tasty.
A great salad for preparing in bulk
In this particular instance I had put bought 2 bags of carrots by mistake with my online shopping order so I really needed an interesting carrot recipe! After all, I hate food waste and always try to use up everything I've bought. With this recipe you can make a larger batch and it keeps well in the fridge for about three days.
That means that this carrot salad is a brilliant cook once eat twice recipe too. I always try to cook (or prepare in this case!) in batches. It makes life so much easier and means I have more time for other things if I've already got a fantastic meal with leftovers waiting in the fridge. If you'd like more Cook Once Eat Twice recipe inspiration then do visit my recipe collection.
How can you adapt the recipe?
You could add extra ingredients to the basic salad. Why not add some thinly sliced red or white cabbage? Or use spring onions instead of ordinary onions? How about a few radishes?
I kept this recipe vegan but I quite often stir a spoonful of yoghurt and harissa into a coleslaw and you could do exactly the same here. Or even just harissa and mayonnaise.
Sometimes salads keep better without the dressing and often at home I make a basic grated carrot and cabbage salad and then everyone can add whatever dressing they want to the portion on their plate.
If you don't have any lemons, then use cider, white or red wine vinegar instead.
Harissa Carrot Salad
- 1 lemon juiced
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 small onion peeled and sliced
- 260 g carrot grated
- 1 tbsp harissa
- Put the lemon juice and salt in a bowl and add the onions. Stir them around and leave for 10 minutes.
- Grate the carrots coarsely and put in a bowl. Add the harissa and the onions along with the lemon juice they were in. Stir well. Serve.
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