Apple Carrot Salad

"A sweet almost dessert-like apple carrot salad with a hint of vanilla." 

Looking for something sweet for a lunchtime meal or snack? Maybe you're looking for something to have with that boring sandwich at work or an equally boring meat & potatoes dinner at home.

Well if you chop up an apple and grate some carrots you can make that dull meal come alive!

Really, you've been working hard all day, you deserve this!

An apple by itself is OK I guess. So is a carrot.

Putting the both of them together in a salad really makes eating healthy more satisfying. 
So often when I go snack-hunting in the refrigerator I'm not really looking in the crisper for a carrot or an apple. I'm usually looking for ice cream or pie or chocolate bars or...

Yes I have a sweet-tooth. This little salad is a great substitution for all that other "bad Stuff" or in my case "when I run out of that bad stuff."


Apple Carrot Salad

Simple apple carrot salad made with a sweet dressingCarrot Apple Salad

Ingredients:

2-4 carrots
1 apple

Optional Ingredients:

1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Dressing:

3-4 tbsp. vanilla yogurt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey 

Peel and grate carrots into a bowl. Use enough to make about 2 cups.

For the apple you can either grate it down to the core or slice it up with a knife to the core and cut it up into chunks or julienne style. If you grate it the flavour isn't quite as pronounced as it blends in with the carrot and doesn't always come through unless it is tart or slightly under-ripe.

I leave the skin on but you may prefer to peel the apple first.

For the dressing you can use plain yogurt and add a few drops of vanilla extract instead of vanilla yogurt. You can also experiment with different flavoured yogurts as well. Fat-free, partly skimmed or regular yogurt will all work well with this recipe. For fat free yogurt use 4 tablespoons, less for regular.

The lemon juice can be substituted with any other fruit juice you may have. Orange and lime juice are good alternatives.

If you don't have or want to use honey you can use a little sugar, a natural sweetener, or even pancake syrup. Just remember to use sweeteners sparingly.

Mix dressing together in a small bowl and add to salad. Mix well and cool salad for at least an hour before serving. 

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