I can’t get enough of purple vegetables. At the farmer’s market last week, I found gorgeous purple carrots. I thought to snatch them all up, but opted for a small healthy bundle. I’ll cross my fingers for more this week. In the meantime, I’ll share with you a simple salad that will showcase the carrots. I could hardly stop myself from eating the whole bowl. It’s super delish! After we gobbled down this salad, I regretted my display of self restraint.
Purple carrots were originally recorded back in the day, way back, like the 900s. Carrots were cultivated for several centuries before our orange variety showed up in the 1500s, along with red, black, and yellow varieties. I feel cheated for not experiencing the beauty of purple carrots until now. Plus, purple carrots have more to offer than their orange cousins: anthocyanins. This antioxidant, also found in blueberries, has been found to reduce inflammation and protect the nervous system.
- 7-8 purple and orange carrots
- 4 green onions
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds (I used white and black)
- 2 tbsp Okinawan brown sugar
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 inch piece ginger
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Start by preparing the dressing. Grate the ginger into a bowl. Add the brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Whisk everything together. Chop the green onions and scrub the carrots well. Using a carrot peeler, make diagonal slices for the salad. Pour the dressing over the carrots and let this marinate for 20 minutes. The carrots will soften a bit during this time. Top with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
Vata – Give the carrots a light steam before adding the dressing. Raw root vegetables will be difficult for you to digest.
Pitta – This could be a bit heating. Skip the onions and cool it down with cilantro and zucchini.
Kapha – Use less oil, add some leafy greens, and skip the sesame seeds.
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