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Monday, July 21, 2014

Shaved Carrot Zucchini Salad

Shaved Carrot Zucchini Salad | The Sweets Life
Shaved Carrot Zucchini Salad 
 I really like efficiency. There are times when I want to linger and enjoy the scenic route, but 97% of the time, I’m looking for ways to be more efficient. It’s an innate personality trait (flaw?). Striving for efficiency means I iron and lay out my work outfits over the weekend, simply to save those 5 minutes each morning when I’d normally frantically pull something from my closet and run the iron over it a few times. Striving for efficiency means I often eat the same breakfast over and over again, simply because it’s one less thing to think about when I’m doing the dreaded chore of packing my lunch each day.
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Efficiency came into play in this recipe, when I read the instructions that ordered me to use a vegetable peeler to get a pile of carrot and zucchini ribbons. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Instead, I pulled the food processor from the cabinet and used one of the blades to shred thin discs of the two vegetables. It might not be as pretty as a ribbon salad would’ve been, but it was a heck of a lot faster, making me a heck of a lot happier!
Shaved Carrot Zucchini Salad | The Sweets Life

Despite how you choose to prepare and eat this salad, I think you’ll be pleased with the outcome. It’s an atypical side dish, a nice change of pace from a green salad or grilled vegetables or kale chips, our standbys. It can be made ahead of time and keeps well in the fridge. Best of all, it’s quick and easy!

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Shaved Carrot Zucchini Salad

-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-1 tsp Dijon mustard
-1/4 tsp sugar
-2 cups thinly shaved carrot
-2 cups thinly shaved zucchini
-1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
-1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
-2 tbsp torn mint leaves
-1/4 tsp kosher salt
-1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring to combine. Add the carrots, zucchini, and red onion and toss to combine.
2. Sprinkle salad with hers, salt, and pepper, and toss. Refrigerate until ready to serve.