Shaved Rainbow Carrot & Sweet Potato Salad with Cilantro, Cumin Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

So, in my Backyard Produce Mystery Box delivery I received rainbow carrots. They made me ridiculously happy. And instead of just cooking them to smithereens or slicing them up in a salad, I wanted to make them the stars of the show.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Obviously, you can use regular carrots for this salad.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Aren’t they beautiful?

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

I started peeling (butchering) them with my cheap peeler and ended up literally throwing the peeler across the kitchen, driving to Target and buying this guy. Wow, I never realized how much I appreciated a good peeler till now. I recommend grabbing a Y-shaped peeler if you’re going for beautiful, smooth peels.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Peel the carrots until you can peel them no longer.  You may end up having to eat the little bits that can’t be peeled.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Curl them with your fingers and carefully place them on a plate. Or just toss them on it.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Did you know that raw sweet potato is actually pretty good? Peel off the outer skin then peel your desired amount of potato and add to the carrots.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

For a simple vinaigrette, add a plop of dijon mustard, a clove or two of raw crushed garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Slowly whisk in about 1 part red wine vinegar and 2 parts olive oil. Taste before you serve.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Pick a few nice leaves off of the cilantro.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Decorate the plate.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Drizzle the desired amount of cumin vinaigrette over the veggies.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

Now add a bit of queso fresco or feta on top if you’d like, or leave the cheese out all together. Queso fresco, in a nutshell, is a Latin cheese with the flavor similar to mozzarella and the texture of feta.

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad with Cilantro, Vinaigrette & Queso Fresco

 

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  1. […] or spices, you can use your favorite vinaigrette, or use the simple dressing that I made for this recipe like I did. Drizzle some dressing on top and pop in the […]

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  3. How beautiful for a winter salad! I am not sure I would like raw sweet potato, but the vinaigrette is something I would like to try. You may remember that I also had a “butchering” type of peeler in the past… so glad I got a nicer one… Much prettier salads and less waste!