There's an amusing story behind this recipe. Several years ago, our family took a trip together. My siblings, parents, and two of my mother's sisters all journeyed abroad on a cruise of the Scandinavian area of the world, to countries like Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
One of the stops was in Russia, where we took a personal tour that included lunch in a Russian family's house. I know that the best food is often home-cooked food, so I was excitedly anticipating this part of our trip.
The woman and her son lived in their small apartment. She cooked us a delicious meal of borscht, blini with caviar, and other things I have since forgotten about. She was also kind enough to specially make some borscht for me, without the beef broth, and a carrot salad without animal ingredients, so I'd have enough to eat.
I loved both dishes, and the salad was unusual enough, that I asked if I could have the recipe. She took me into her kitchen and dug a box out of the garbage can. She had used a mix! Even more interesting, the mix was from Korea. I recognized the Hangul on the label.
I was able to write down the ingredients and come home to develop a reasonable facsimile of the salad. It is always well received at potlucks and blends well with any type of food. Here's the recipe:
Russian-Korean Carrot Salad
6 cups grated carrots
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons oil
Mix all ingredients together. Chill.
I tried grating the carrots by hand...once. My arm got so sore, I regretted it and never did it again. Instead, I opt for a food processor. Cut the carrots into pieces about 3 inches long or so, enough to fit into the feeder of your food processor.
And another tip: I never peel my carrots. I don't see why I should. I buy organic and wash them. More fiber and nutrients for those eating it; less work for me. Hey, I'm practical!
Give this vegan Russian-Korean Carrot Salad recipe a try. It's a nice addition to any meal and has a nice mix of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy and will catch people's interest.
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