Raw Shaved Carrot Salad
This shaved carrot salad has gone viral for a reason - it's loaded with essential vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3, and it’s absolutely delicious!
Carrots contain Vitamin A, which is essential for clear vision as it supports the cornea, and when combined with other vitamins, has also been shown to play a role in the prevention of macula degeneration. There is also a great amount of the cartonenoid called lutein in carrots, which is vital for macula health.
Eating carrots at least twice a week has been shown to reduce the risk of glaucoma, and one study suggests they may slow the onset of cataracts too!
Flaxseed oil helps boost your daily intake of omega-3, without over-loading on omega-6. Increase the fibre intake by keeping the skins on steadies blood-sugar levels in diabetes, and helps to feel fuller for longer.
The salad is simple to make and only contains a handful of ingredients.
500g carrots (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup flaxseed oil
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)
½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh green chilies
Mix together all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the flavours to meld and permeate the carrots. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Buy locally grown carrots when they are in season - this way they are the freshest and most flavourful. Use the entire carrot, including the tops and skin to boost fibre intake and reduce wastage.