Easy Russian Carrot Salad

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This zesty and slightly sweet carrot salad is so, so good. It’s not at all overpowering with spices and takes fairly quick to prepare. There is no need for rubbing or sautéing in this recipe. The ingredients used for this salad are probably already on hand in most households. 

If you have ever attended a Russian or Ukrainian wedding you may have already tried this salad among the many salads served. However there are many different variations to this salad and this one seems to be my favorite. There is no coriander in this version (as some have that), which makes this salad pretty simple and basic considering your only using a few very common ingredients that are probably found in most households. The carrots are julienned on a mandolin into a large bowl and then drizzled with hot oil to slightly soften up the crisp carrots. It is then tossed with sugar, vinegar, crushed garlic and salt. This combination tastes amazing! I have come to love this carrot salad version which was given to me by my sister Inna. You can also season the hot oil with sweet bell peppers or onions and then discard (just to give the oil some extra flavor), but I wanted to share the basic recipe which happens to be very delicious the way it is. The amount of garlic called for in this recipe may seem to be a lot but with about 3 lbs of carrots, it balances out quite well. This recipe makes a fairly moderate sized batch but you can certainly cut the recipe in half. So let’s get shredding!

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Ingredients:

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Peel and wash the carrots. Then julienne the carrots (slightly tilted for longer pieces ) into a large bowl.

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Heat oil in a small saucepan over high heat, until hot (just a few minutes). Do not bring to a boil or a steaming hot temperature. Pour hot oil over carrots and toss together, for oil to fully incorporate into the carrots.

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Slightly cool and then add the crush garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt. Toss all together and refrigerate at least a few hours before serving.

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Easy Russian Carrot Salad
 
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Alyona's Cooking:
Ingredients
  • 3½ lbs carrots
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 9 cloves garlic
  • ¾ tsp black ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and wash the carrots.
  2. Then julienne the carrots (slightly tilted for longer pieces) into a large bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a small saucepan over high heat, until hot (just a few minutes). Do not bring to a boil or a steaming hot temperature.
  4. Pour hot oil over carrots and toss together, for oil to fully incorporate into the carrots.
  5. Slightly cool and then add the crush garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt. Toss all together and refrigerate at least a few hours before serving.

 

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4 thoughts on “Easy Russian Carrot Salad

    1. Thank you for the kind feedback, Katy! You can certainly add more pepper to taste! Depending on the crowd of eaters this recipe can feed a moderate to large crowd. I would certainly halve the recipe if I was serving a crowd of a few adults.

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