Layers of Flavor
Pumpkin gets a lot of play in the fall but I think my favorite crop of the season is apples. Mixed with another seasonal favorite, carrots, and with a bit of spice, this salad makes me very happy.
Growing up, my mom made a carrot and raisin salad that was just carrots and raisins. It was OK but . . .
These raisins are plumped in apple cider, adding the first layer of flavor. Next, shredded carrots meet sweet shredded apple. I believe organic carrots actually taste better, they’re also inexpensive and available in a regular grocery store so I never compromise on carrots. The apple needs to be sweet here, something like a golden delicious or gala; this isn’t the time for a Granny Smith. Cinnamon adds spice and a pinch of ginger adds a refreshing warmth in the background, not enough that you know it’s ginger but a nice layer of flavor.
This Carrot Apple Raisin Salad is easy, inexpensive and tasty. The recipe makes enough for a 1/2 cup serving for 4 or a larger serving for two. (I ate a “larger serving” It would double easily.
I’m giving two versions. It was great both with and without mayo so choose the version that suits you and your family best.
Carrot Apple Raisin Salad
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup apple cider
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded apple (I used a golden delicious)
1/4 – scant 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon*
pinch ground ginger
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
In a small pot, bring apple cider and raisins to a boil, add a lid and remove from the heat and let soak for 20 minutes – reserving 1 Tablespoon of the raisin liquid.
Version One: Grate carrots and apple, add raisins, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a small pinch of ginger. Stir. Done.
Version Two: Grate carrots and apple, add raisins and 1 Tablespoon of the raisin liquid, a scant 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, a slightly larger pinch of ginger (this is still a tiny amount of ginger!), and the mayonnaise, adjusting the amount of mayo to taste. Done.
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