It has been a few weeks since my last post. We recently got my son off to begin hiking the Appalachian Trail and a dear friend has had a setback in her health challenges. The last couple of weeks have been challenging to say the least.
That being said when stresses do occur, even if they are from welcome adventures or changes, our bodies need the support that we can give from delicious healthy food. Last month I was listening to a webinar about such things and the speaker gave a simple recipe for a carrot salad. What was so beneficial about this salad is that it has fresh grated ginger in it. I’ve mentioned the benefit of ginger here. A couple more benefits are improved circulation and strengthened immunity. I like to get plenty of fresh ginger in daily so I drink a daily does of ginger tea and add this salad in for even more!
Now if you haven’t eaten ginger let me tell you that it has a pretty good kick to it! So start with just a small amount and work up to the extra heat of added ginger. If you are serving this to picky family members the ginger could be left out and just grated directly into individual servings even though they would miss out on the health benefits.
This particular salad is gorgeous to look at with the bright orange color and the addition of the dark colored currants or raisins. The fresh orange juice seems to keep it from looking old even after a few days in the refrigerator. I like to serve this at dinner and then add it to my lunch over the next few days. Generally I pack it in a small four ounce glass mason jar with a plastic screw on lid.
I hope you have the opportunity to serve this either at an informal family dinner or even as a lovely side dish for something more special! (By the way, this salad is much prettier than the photo shows – also I didn’t add currants to that particular one.)
- 1 pound grated carrots – I use my food processor and it takes only a few minutes.
- 1 – 2 inches fresh ginger, grated – you may want to start out with a smaller amount
- 1/4 cup of olive oil – this is approximate – use what you like
- Juice from one orange – I quartered and squeezed with my citrus squeezer
- Handful of currants or raisins
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients and let set for 10 – 15 minutes.