French Carrot Slaw

French Carrot Slaw, fresh  and zippy with lemon and herbs, is a perfect accompaniment for fish and seafood.
French Carrot Slaw

French Carrot Slaw

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

French Carrot Slaw is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Foodie Extravaganza. We get together monthly on the first Wednesday to celebrate upcoming food holidays. And post our favorite recipes we have for those.

I decided on this French Carrot Slaw. I first came upon it watching Virginia Willis do a Facebook video about a month ago. She had spent  some time talking to Bill Smith about his cookbook Seasoned in the South: Recipes from Crook’s Corner and from Home. 

Bill did a demo of a  carrot salad  in the book that he had gotten from the French grandmother of a friend. He was very enthusiastic and it convinced me to give it a try. It didn’t hurt that lunch was coming  up  and I had all the basic ingredients.

French Carrot Slaw

Mine has a slight twist,  however, as I felt it needed a little less garlic and a bit more lemon and oil to dress it. Bill chops his  lemon without doing the royale.

That technique is the same  one used on all citrus to get out the fresh fruit for fruit salads. If you ever worked restaurant brunches you are probably familiar. But if not, don’t fear- it is very  easy.

Cut the ends off the lemons so they sit up straight. Then take a sharp knife and go around the outsides, top to bottom, removing the white pith only.  Besides doing this with lemons, it is also great for  oranges, grapefruit and even watermelon.

Usually with citrus,  you would then section out the fruit by cutting in  on  each side of the skin so the sections slip out. But here, you will just slice into rings.  Reason being you want the seeds to be easily found and discarded. And after that it is a quick mince on a lipped cutting board (so you don’t lose any of the juice).

Obviously since I doubled the lemon the oil is also  doubled to be  a good balance. I also added a little parsley and scallion for color  and  flavor.

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National  Carrot Day

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French Carrot Slaw

Perfect Flavor for Fish

This has the perfect zippy flavor for fish. It is great for those who want  salad  but not  cabbage slaw.

It  reminds me of the  French carrot  salads of Morocco, albeit without any spice as those do.

And as you can see in the photos, I served it up with fried  fish, French fries and hushpuppies. It was a fantastic lunch. Bill Smith had felt as if he had stolen it,  to which Virginia  replied that he had adapted it. It has been adapted again and sent on its way into the blogosphere, where it will find new purchase  in  your own creative endeavors. Enjoy.

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French Carrot Slaw

French Carrot Slaw

Sue Lau
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Course Salads
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound fresh carrots peeled and grated
  • 2 whole lemons
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Zest lemons with a micro-plane grater, then royale to remove pith (slice thinly from top to bottom along the outside, following the curve).
  • Slice peeled lemons and remove any seeds, then finely chop.
  • Combine lemons with remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Rest salad for 15 minutes to combine and meld flavors.

Notes

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French Carrot Slaw

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