Chilled Dill Carrot Salad

by Kathy Strahs on January 19, 2010 · 7 comments

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Do unusual fruits or vegetables catch your eye in your produce section and leave you wondering what they’re like? For me, it’s been the multicolor carrots lately. Despite the fact that I’m not the biggest carrot fan in the world I couldn’t resist the opportunity to put those beautiful colors in a dish. I finally picked up a package to see if they had a recipe on the back and, sure enough, there was this simple-yet-flavorful and oh-so-pretty Chilled Dill Carrot Salad.

I’m not quite sure where these carrots get their different colors from. The Colorful Harvest (the company who distributes them) website mentions that they’re “traditionally bred” and “heirloom style” so I suppose that means they grow this way naturally. They didn’t really taste all that different from conventional carrots, but I did perceive the yellow ones to be a bit crisper in texture.

The salad is incredibly simple – the carrots are sliced, blanched, tossed in a dill-red wine vinaigrette and chilled to blend the flavors. Even if you can’t find the multicolor carrots in your area this still would make a great healthy side dish with the conventional variety.

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susan marie January 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Beautiful! Down here we have maroon carrots, courtesy of Texas A&M University. I shall have to try this – it looks so good!!


Luinelen January 20, 2010 at 12:55 AM

Yes, they grow that way. Carrots actually used to be varied colors and mostly not orange, I have heard the orange variety was breeded to honor the House of Orange-Nassau in the 17th century and after that became the most popular color.


Kathy January 20, 2010 at 7:53 AM

Interesting! Many thanks for the insight.


Maria January 20, 2010 at 8:54 AM

The carrots are so pretty! Love the colors!
.-= Maria´s last blog ..Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary =-.


Carole January 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Interesting–now I’m on the hunt for carrots of other colors.


The Duo Dishes February 1, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Who figured out carrots and dill go together? They were a genius.
.-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..Stirring Up Help for Haiti =-.


Denise @ Femita July 23, 2010 at 6:08 AM

How amazing, I think I just fell in love with that color palette.. I never heard about these multicolor carrots. Any idea where to get them in New York?
Denise @ Femita┬┤s last blog post ..Creative With Carrots- 5 Recipes To Get You Started


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