Carrot and Apple Salad
Insalata di Carote e Mele

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Carrot and Apple Salad
Insalata di Carote e Mele
cookbook: Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
main ingredients: carrot, apple
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serves: 6

This salad is not only delicious by itself but also a great platform for smoked meats or fish; it works well with trout, salmon, duck breast, and ham. Serve the proteins alongside the salad and you have a great appetizer or meal. It is a sandwich stuffer as well; instead of using mayonnaise or other fatty dressings, use this juicy salad. It is especially good on a sandwich of sliced turkey, chicken, or ham.


3 large carrots, peeled and julienned, about 2 cups
2 Granny Smith apples, skin on, julienned , about 3 cups
juice of 1 orange
3 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


Toss the carrots and apples in a salad bowl with the orange juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with the parsley, season with the salt and pepper, and toss again. Serve cold.

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