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Ginger Miso Carrot Salad

Reminiscing My Childhood Favorites

Friends, who remembers the days of going to Benihana as a kid? I certainly do. Growing up, my family didn’t have much, but on special occasions, my dad always made a point to take us to Benihana. The famous hibachi-style restaurant always amazed me as a child. I loved watching the chefs flip different ingredients and cook right in front of my eyes. It was one of the first times I remember falling in-love with the art of cooking!

And you know what my favorite part of the Benihana experience was? Call me crazy, but it was the salad. There’s something about the crisp iceberg lettuce topped with that creamy, flavor-packed dressing that is absolutely to die for. I went crazy for it as a kid, and I knew I needed to recreate that nostalgic taste.

Reinventing a Classic

When I was developing and testing recipes for my cookbook, LOVE TO EAT, I knew that I had to create my own version of this dressing, but with healthier ingredients. I wanted to pack it full of veggies and use better-for-you oils to make it the ultimate salad topper.

That’s how this Ginger Miso Carrot Salad was born. It’s sweet, tangy, and absolutely delicious – perfect for drizzling over your favorite salads or using as a dip for fresh veggies. And the best part? It’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and loaded with nutrients, making it the easiest (and most delicious) way to get more veggies into your diet.

The Magic of Miso

The star ingredient in this dressing is miso paste. If you’re not familiar with miso, it’s a fermented soybean paste that adds a savory, umami-rich flavor to dishes. Not only does it give this dressing an incredible depth of flavor, but it also packs a probiotic punch, making it great for gut health.

I like to use white or yellow miso for this recipe, as they have a milder, more versatile flavor. But you could also experiment with different types of miso, like red or brown, to see how they affect the overall taste.

Ginger Goodness

Ginger is another key player in this Ginger Miso Carrot Salad. I love the way its warm, slightly spicy notes balance out the sweetness of the carrots and the tanginess of the rice vinegar.

When it comes to ginger, I always recommend using fresh if possible. The flavor is just so much more vibrant and lively compared to the jarred or powdered stuff. But if you’re in a pinch, the pre-minced ginger you can find in the produce section will work too.

Carrots Galore

Of course, no Ginger Miso Carrot Salad would be complete without the star of the show – the carrots! I love using a combination of regular orange carrots and rainbow carrots for a pop of color, but you can stick to just one type if you prefer.

The key is to grate or finely chop the carrots so they blend seamlessly into the dressing. This not only creates a creamy, velvety texture, but it also allows the flavors to really come together and meld.

Customizing to Your Taste

One of the things I love most about this recipe is how versatile it is. Feel free to play around with the ingredients to suit your personal preferences.

For example, you could add a touch of sweetness with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Or if you’re a fan of spice, try stirring in a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha. You could even swap out the carrots for other grated veggies like beets or radishes.

The possibilities are endless, so have fun with it and make it your own!

Serving Suggestions

This Ginger Miso Carrot Salad is the perfect addition to any meal. Drizzle it over a fresh green salad for a flavor boost, or use it as a dip for crunchy veggies like cucumber, bell peppers, or jicama.

It also makes a great topping for grain bowls, rice dishes, or even grilled meats and fish. The possibilities are truly endless!

And the best part? This dressing keeps for up to a week in the fridge, so you can make a big batch and enjoy it all week long. Just be sure to give it a good stir before serving, as the ingredients tend to separate a bit as it sits.

A Flavor-Packed Salad Dressing

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to whip up a batch of this Ginger Miso Carrot Salad and experience the flavor explosion for yourself. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked. Enjoy!

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