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Carrot and celery salad is a vibrant and refreshing dish that combines the natural sweetness of carrots with the crispness of celery, all brought together with a zesty dressing. This salad not only offers a burst of flavors and textures but also provides a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking to incorporate more fresh vegetables into their diet or seeking a light and nutritious side dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional, for sweetness)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional additions: toasted nuts or seeds, dried cranberries or raisins, crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Wash, peel, and grate the carrots. Thinly slice the celery stalks. Chop fresh parsley or cilantro.
  2. Make the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, honey or maple syrup (if using), salt, and pepper until well combined. Adjust sweetness and acidity according to your taste.
  3. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, sliced celery, and chopped parsley or cilantro.
    • Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss well until everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  4. Optional Additions:
    • If desired, add toasted nuts or seeds (like almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds) for crunch.
    • Add dried cranberries or raisins for a touch of sweetness and chewiness.
    • Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top for added creaminess and flavor.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Refrigerate the salad for at least 15-20 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
    • Serve the carrot and celery salad chilled as a refreshing side dish with grilled meats, sandwiches, or as part of a picnic or potluck spread.

Enjoy the crisp and flavorful combination of carrots, celery, and herbs in this delightful salad! Feel free to adjust the ingredients and seasonings to suit your preferences.

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