Carrot and Grape Salad

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Easter is one of two times of the year at which it is permissible to ingest, and presumably digest, inordinate amounts of chocolate (the other being Christmas). My last two recipes, Chocolate Orange Mousse and Florentines, have more than facilitated that cocoa-based obligation, but now comes the slump. One cannot go on consuming vast quantities of chocolate ad infinitum, unless one actively intends to seek out ill-health. So, what better way to redeem the excesses of the past week than to indulge in a delicious, colourful and rather healthy salad?

Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, carrots are good for us on so many levels. For instance, carotene gives them their vibrant orange colour (other colours are available), a pigment which can then be partially converted into vitamin A, which amongst other things is beneficial to sight and skin. Happily, carrots also happen to be delicious and though I’m not willing to gnaw on a whole raw carrot, it isn’t difficult to make them universally appealing.

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Carrots make simply stunning salad ingredients – not only do they convey sweetness and vibrancy, they soak up all of the excess vinaigrette, preventing it from descending unused to the bottom of one’s salad bowl. Grapes may not seem like a natural salad ingredient, but their sweet juiciness works exceptionally well with carrots, making for a mouth-watering prospect and a dish suitable for even the most esteemed tables. The addition of cumin, chilli and pomegranate molasses complements the mixture perfectly, adding a much needed kick and a little more interest to what would otherwise be a heap of sweet.

Local connection: A vast proportion of the World’s carrots are produced in China. In my experience, these taste of water and little else – not to mention their rather large carbon footprint. Instead, get over to a local producer or food market and pick up something a little closer to home, the salad will benefit and so will you.

Carrot and Grape Salad

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

• 5 large carrots, grated

• A generous handful of seedless black grapes, quartered

• 3 spring onions, finely sliced

• 1 apple, shredded

• 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses

• 1 tsp ground cumin

• 4 tbsp good quality olive oil

• A squeeze of lemon juice

• A pinch of salt and chilli flakes

Method:

1. Pop your grated carrots, quartered grapes, shredded apple and spring onions in a large mixing bowl. In a separate vessel beat together the molasses, cumin, olive oil, juice, salt and chilli flakes, until thoroughly combined. Pour the vinaigrette onto the salad, toss thoroughly and serve astride whatever you please.

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Cost: As you’ll likely realise, carrots are incredibly cheap – there’s no other way to put it. Grapes are a little more pricey, but if you shop around a good deal can be had relatively easily. As such, this salad, which will happily satisfy four if served alongside a few carbs (or in a pita), should set one back no more than around £1.30 – a steal!

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46 comments on “Carrot and Grape Salad

  1. secondsfromsteaming
    April 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Absolutely lovely. Any idea where I might find Pomegranate Molasses? Or is there a suitable substitution? :)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      A Deli or African-style shop… Balsamic vinegar would work well.

  2. personalpilot
    April 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    OMG! I’m definitely gonna make this! I’m here in Costa Rica and highly doubt I can find pomagranate molasses… what do you suggest as a substitute?

  3. dmacsf
    April 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This looks delicious — fresh, tasty, and healthy.
    BTW carrots are also supposed to be aphrodisiacs (!) (I learned that writing my first A to Z food post, “A is for Aphrodisiacs” ;-p)
    But I’ll admit, I’m most eager to try your sourdough pancakes recipe ;-D

  4. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea
    April 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Wow. I love simple yet brilliant recipes like this. Thanks! Will make asap! And maybe I’ll try it with my new fav – coconut oil.

  5. Sacha
    April 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I have never thought to pair carrots with grapes. This is so vibrant. And though I have nothing to show for it (I’m as blind as a bat), I eat my way through A LOT of carrots.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Give it a go, they work well! We eat plenty of them too – delicious.

  6. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    April 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Sounds delicious, Nick! We’ve been growing carrots this year (with only some success), but otherwise we get lovely carrots from Tasmania.. :)

  7. Carolyn Chan
    April 4, 2013 at 2:53 am

    What an interesting salad ! I would never have thought to pair the two, let alone include grapes in a salad – lovely !

  8. TheDorsetFinca
    April 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This salad looks like a gift from the Gods! I only wish I was warm enough to feel like a salad… :(

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Haha – thanks. IT’s pretty hearty you know, it’s extraordinarily cold here :D

  9. Mimi
    April 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    In the u.s. it’s Easter and Halloween! Gorgeous salad!

  10. oneyearlifepics
    April 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Hello! Thanks for appreciating our blog. Yours is great, really. Wonderful photos, much interesting recipes. This salad is perfect for fighting spring tiredness… and balancing the chocolate overdose. ;)
    Have a nice day!
    D & C

  11. Stephanie
    April 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    This looks so fresh and tasty! I had never heard of pomegranate molasses before… how interesting! We went very light on the candy/chocolate for Easter this year. The Halloween/Christmas/Valentine’s sugar spree was a bit much for us…

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Give them a go, they have so much flavour! Haha – we don’t really do much for Hallowe’en or Valentine’s.

  12. beingomma
    April 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Carrot and grape in the same bowl – genius!

  13. Somer
    April 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I think your pita suggestion is divine! I keep hearing about pomegranate molasses. Need to source some! Love this salad Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Oh you should, Somer. Or, you could simply reduce pomegranate juice – it’s the same thing.

  14. kanzensakura
    April 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I made the mousse exactly as you directed and it was amazing – as usual. This salad looks like a great addition to the next church potluck.

    I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award – your beautiful photos, amazing recipes, and narration deserve more. I am very pleased to pass this along to you and look forward to more of your luscious work. Thank you.

  15. birdsongbread
    April 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. For more information go to birdsongbread.wordpress.com See post “Almost Famous.”

  16. Karen
    April 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    This reminds me of a Moroccan salad I had once…it sounds delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Fantastic – Perhaps I’ll have to tackle a hearty Moroccan salad!

  17. cityhippyfarmgirl
    April 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Yum!
    (And really? Chinese carrots!? Thankfully I’ve never seen any here.)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Most in the world are produced there – they taste of nothing.

  18. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    April 7, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Such pretty colors in this one!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Barb’ – it brightened up this awful weather we’re having here.

      • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
        April 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Our weather is brutal as well! Three inches of snow.. in April!!

        • frugalfeeding
          April 9, 2013 at 9:57 am

          Wow… ours isn’t that brutal where I live. But thousands of sheep have died as a result of snow in Wales.

  19. shewolfinthekitchen
    April 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    looks great!

  20. Sara
    April 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Yum!

  21. narf77
    April 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Err…not too sure about this one! I prefer savoury salads so the jury is out on this one ;)

    • frugalfeeding
      April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I guess this would technically still come under savoury…

  22. Joanna
    April 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Carrots are one of the veggies that you really really notice the difference between organic local grown and the other sort, which as you say just taste of water and are fairly pointless. I always try and buy organic ones, cost wise it is worth it.

  23. melodiemillerdavis
    April 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Very impressed with your long list of glucose free recipes, sweet and savory. Nice job. I’m not glucose but have a “boss” who is, if you can call her that. Nice to find this!

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