Sunday, June 6, 2010


I love carrots. But I do not like shredded carrot, for reasons unbeknownst to me. A few years ago I bought this implement under the assumption it was a zester.

I'm not sure if it technically is, but I do know that when I want to get some sort of citrus zest I use this implement:

So basically, this first "zester" has been a dud...until I found a new use for it--probably it's proper use--which is julienning!!! It's been a revelation... julienned carrots are so much better (and prettier) than shredded!
Without further ado, here is a recipe using julienned carrots: Sesame-Broccoli Salad. I haven't been making it that long, but every time I have it's been a big hit. (Adapted from an Eating Out Loud recipe here.)

2 heads broccoli, chopped (throw in sliced stems as well)
1 cup lightly packed cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup julienned carrot
2 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries (or cranberries, or raisins)

for dressing:
1/2 cup canola oil (I've been using peanut oil since that's what I had on hand)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 - 2 teaspoons sugar
2 - 3 teaspoons soy sauce

Whisk dressing ingredients together, then pour over salad. Toss to combine and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let flavors meld.


  1. Beautiful! I was just thinking today that I should shred a bunch of carrots. I'm more likely to toss them in things if I shred them in advance. I can't stand the pre-shredded at the supermarket, though. Did it take you forever to julienne the carrots?

  2. Great picture!

    Yum; this is something I could make. :o)

  3. No, it doesn't take any longer to julienne than it does to shred. (Having said that, I haven't tried a food processor--if that produces a decent quality it would obviously be super quick!). It does leave you with a stump, which you can either eat, slice up with a knife or throw away.

  4. Oh crazy, I have the first thing and the handle is a ceramic half-lemon. My mom got super excited when I told her I was zesting something and she went out and bought it for me. I love the zest it makes, but I've never thought of using it for other vegetables. Neat.