March 09, 2017

Whether you’re crazy about the peanut sauce that comes with your favorite Thai takeout meal or just want a break from your classic mixed green salad, you need to try this recipe… now. 

Instead of greens, super-thin shaved carrots serve as the base for our anything-but-basic salad. But it’s still packed with nutrients: the sweet root vegetable is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K. After that, we add a whole list of healthy ingredients to create a side dish that’s full of Asian-inspired flavors, such as ginger (which may help calm an upset stomach), fresh scallions, garlic (it has cancer-fighting compounds and may ward off UTIs), and cilantro. The result? A nutritious salad that’s guaranteed to be more flavorful than your go-to salad bar combo.

But the best part might just be the delicious dressing that’s made from your nut butter of choice. Need ideas? Peanut, almond, or cashew butter all work well. And honey and soy sauce add sweet and savory flavors to the sauce.

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In this video, we’ll show you how to make this unique shaved carrot salad at home. It only takes a few steps and 20 minutes to make a tasty side dish that easily serves six people. Pair the salad with our healthy Asian barbecued pork with broccoli for your next dinner party and you’ll be sure to impress your guests (and their bellies).