Ever since I bought this new cookbook, I’ve been finding all sorts of really cool looking side dishes to prepare. Side dishes that I never thought existed. I guess this goes to show why people buy cookbooks; to help out with all the ideas they never had.
Today’s recipe is very creative and, might I say, very tasty and unique. If you’ve ever eaten one of those orange Creamsicle ice pops, you’ll have a very good idea of what this dressing tastes like. When I first gave it a try, I thought it was outstanding. It’s remarkable how close it comes to those ice pops.
This dish is very simple to prepare. The most trouble you’ll have is with shredding the carrots and if you happen to own a food processor, that won’t be an issue at all. Beyond that, there’s some mixing together of a few ingredients and then the mixing of salad itself. You’ll end up with a robust side dish that you can add to a regular salad or eat alone. The result is semi-sweet with some really nice accents of orange, honey and lime. It’s actually pretty awesome.
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
Zest From 1 Orange
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
8 Carrots, Shredded
1/4 Cup Raisins
1/3 Cup Cashew Nuts, Chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint Leaves, Chopped
Before I go any further, I’d like to thank Favorite Brand Name Recipes and their book called Holiday Recipes for today’s dish. Again, I know I’ve said this before, but this book is proving to be a treasure trove of very interesting dishes. It was well worth the $5 I spent on it.
Shred the Carrots
Trim the ends from all the carrots and then peel them. Use either a hand shredder or a food processor to shred them all. When finished, place the shreds in a large bowl.
Make the Dressing
In a medium sized bowl, combine the sour cream, milk, honey, lime juice, orange juice concentrate, orange zest and salt. Mix well until the dressing is smooth.
Combine Carrots & Dressing
Add the dressing to the large bowl of carrots. Then, add in the raisins and mix everything together so all the carrots and raisins are coated with the dressing.
Plate & Serve
Divide the carrot mixture between plates. Sprinkle some mint leaves over each plate and top with the crushed cashews. Serve and enjoy!
The Final Carrot Salad Side Dish
For such an easy dish to prepare, I think you’ll get a lot of smiles. This one is definitely worth it. If you do give it a try, please let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below. Thanks for reading!