A great addition to any potluck or barbecue, this simple, colorful side dish was made to be shared. Not to mention that it’s also healthy and 21 Day Fix approved!
So I know my kids are in school… and right now in Louisville, it’s 62 degrees… but it is still summer, gosh darn it, it IS!!
While I’ll admit to my thoughts occasionally straying towards fall activities as of late, I’m not quite ready to give up on summer. It’s still August, for Pete’s sake! August!! Anyway, this dish really feels like summer to me (though my family is quite happy to eat it all year long), it’s fresh, it’s pretty and that bright, lemony dressing balances out the sweetness of the carrots and the apples perfectly.
I’m so into this simple side that sometimes I’ll even have a bowlful of it for lunch or a snack. It’s easy to put together (and it’s also pretty quick if you have a food processor that shreds carrots – though it’s not even too bad if you don’t. Hey, you might even make a muscle!) If you don’t have a food processor with a carrot-shredding disc, just use the large side of a box grater and you’ll be good to go! Silly side note and NSV (non-scale victory): my arms used to always get tired out SO easily when I would grate cheese or something on the box grater and I would have to switch arms several times while grating (or make my husband do it!) However, after my second round of 21 Day Fix, I noticed that I was suddenly a champion cheese grater! I was probably more proud than necessary, but there you have it. 🙂
This side dish also goes REALLY well with barbecue flavors. We’ve served this with some chicken basted with my 21 Day Fix Barbecue Sauce and it was basically a match made in heaven. Ooo… this would be SO good piled on top of a pulled pork sandwich!! Why have I not thought of doing that until just this minute? Don’t look now, I might be drooling.
This Carrot-Apple Salad is actually a fixified version of this dish from Everyday with Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray’s magazine. The original is also delicious and healthy (and I urge you to try it sometime!), but it had a few ingredients (chickpeas, cashews and raisins) whose containers are better used elsewhere in my opinion. I wanted this recipe to be blue and yellow-container free, so that’s how I made it. Speaking of the original, I’d also like to point out that my kids weren’t all that into it but they can’t get ENOUGH of this version! Maybe the apples will also lure your kids into eating their carrots! Hey, I didn’t think it would happen either, but it did!
In conclusion, make this. Make it now. Feel healthy and happy. Eek out that last bit of summer while you still can. That’s my plan 😉