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Carrot Salad with Turmeric-Coconut Manna Dressing

Megan Hors d'oeuvres, Condiments & Sides, Whole Food Recipes 8 Comments

I grew up eating certain versions of traditional American salads, like most of you. My mom had one way of making cole slaw, for instance, always with celery seeds. We loved it and looked forward to the familiar favorite. When she made carrot salad it was always with pineapple, canned and crushed, as well as raisins and something creamy. I shudder; but it was probably Best Foods mayonnaise.

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I only like aioli (sorry to be a snob). Even the word mayonnaise is hard for me to type and I get all tense. (It was actually the original thing my husband and I bonded about when we first met, lol– but I digress.)

The point is coconut manna is an exciting dressing component instead of the dreaded m word.  I got the idea this weekend to make a dressing with it– creamy, sweet, caramel-y, perfect for carrot salad! (And it provides an egg-free and dairy-free alternative.)

I am not like my mom when it comes to salads. I always make new ones and create new fun dressings. I can’t help it. I can’t be boxed into doing it the same way twice.

But this is a new family favorite; so I will repeat it!

I added goji berries. You can also stud yours with raisins or currants. Yum.

Several other ingredients go into making this dressing healthy and lovely: turmeric, fresh ginger root, honey, parsley. You’ll love it. And it feeds a crowd or offers lots of leftovers. It’s also great for picnics or lunches.

I grew up eating certain versions of traditional American salads, like most of you. My mom had one way of making cole slaw, for instance, always with celery seeds. We always loved it and looked forward to the familiar favorite. When she made carrot salad it was always with pineapple, canned and crushed, as well as raisins and something creamy. I shudder; but it was probably Best Foods mayonnaise. I only like aioli. Even the word mayonnaise is hard for me to type and I get all tense. (It was actually the original thing my husband and I bonded about when we first met, lol-- but I digress.) The point is coconut manna is an exciting dressing component instead of the dreaded m word. It's egg-free and dairy-free. I got the idea this weekend to make a dressing with it-- creamy, sweet, caramel-y, perfect for carrot salad! I am not like my mom when it comes to salads. I always make new ones and create new fun dressings. I can't help it. I can't be boxed in to doing it the same way twice. But this is a new family favorite so I will repeat it. I added goji berries. You can also stud yours with raisins or currants. Yum. Several other ingredients go into making this dressing healthy and lovely: turmeric, fresh ginger root, honey, parsley. You'll love it. And it feeds a crowd or offers lots of leftovers. It's also great for picnics or lunches.

 

Carrot Salad with Turmeric-Coconut Manna Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Carrot Salad with Turmeric-Coconut Manna Dressing
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place grated carrots in large bowl.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients, excluding goji berries and parsley, in blender and process until ginger root is pureed, 30-50 seconds. You may need to scape down the sides and pulse the mixture.
  3. Pour dressing over carrots. Add goji berries and parsley. Toss to coat thoroughly.
  4. Serve, garnished with additional berries and parsley, or refrigerate until needed.
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  • linda spiker

    Such a pretty recipe. I enjoy carrot salads but have never tried a manna dressing and didn’t know manna was coconut butter…I’ve said it before and I guess I am saying it again, I ALWAYS learn something new from your posts!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I love this idea! It sounds so refreshing. Such vibrant flavors. Yum!

  • I love coconut manna and have never thought to use it like this. I can’t WAIT to try it!

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, Andrea, I think you’ll love it. 🙂

  • Megan Stevens

    Mmm, I love that word: vibrant– yes! So true and lovely leftovers.

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Linda. So dear. Thanks for your kind words. Hope you love this recipe and coconut manna.

  • Coconut manna is the food of the gods. The end. 😉

  • Megan Stevens

    Haha, yes, Rachel, sounds about right. 😉