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Keeping Up With the Carrots | Smoky Summer Carrot Salad

9 August 2010

cucumber canoes
It’s too bad my neighbors are not Cuban drunks, because the potted mint plants on my deck are creeping ambitiously toward their kitchen door, begging to be muddled into mojitos. My liver can’t keep up with these plants, and Mike has given up his early summer mint julep obsession in favor of the ability to get out of bed in the morning.

As I spied my mint plants (a combination of spearmint and apple mint) this morning of my CSA pickup, a panic set in as I remembered that I hadn’t used even one of the carrots or the cucumbers that I got in last week’s haul. Shameful, I know, but keep in mind that I also had two heads of cabbage and an obscene glut of yellow summer squash, some of which I know are still lurking in dark corners of the refrigerator, to conquer last week. Lucky for poor ol’ me that bright orange carrots and verdant mint not only look good together, but they make a tasty and simple lunch too.

I served this salad in hollowed out shorty cucumber boats, and if you do the same, I suggest eating them not only with your hands, but also right away, as they tend to give off water. If you wanted them to last a little longer, you could salt and drain off the cucumber boats prior to filling them with the salad.

Click here for the recipe: Smoky Summer Carrot Salad

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mama Tee permalink
    10 August 2010 4:10 pm

    So … “an obscene glut of yellow summer squash” — ?? … and yet some of us who share our wealth of tomatoes have resorted to Qtip pollination attempts on our squash plants for the past two years to no avail?! At least share some of your squash recipes — with pictures of course, for those of us who can only dream of such things… 😉

  2. Debbie Dew permalink
    10 August 2010 4:34 pm

    Better than sharing the recipes, just share the results!! Can’t cook to save my life but love your writing!

  3. 11 August 2010 5:13 am

    What a fresh, simple, healthy way to enjoy carrot!

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