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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Salad and My Little Tool for Julienned Carrots

I'm hungry for fresh foods, like salads. Something with texture to contrast the soft squashes, potatoes, and yams. Something with crunch in contrast with canned green beans and canned peas. Tender leafy greens, like fresh spinach and lettuce are expensive this time of year So, I'm turning to slaws.

Last night, we had a delicious and crunchy fresh salad of red cabbage, green cabbage and julienned carrots. For a dressing, I used some bleu cheese salad dressing that I bought on markdown for 79 cents per 16-oz bottle, mixed with a little mayo and vinegar.

I have this handy-dandy tool, my step-mom gave to me last year, that juliennes carrots as easily as peeling them.

You peel your carrot, and then run this tool down the length of the carrot to produce a multitude of shreds in seconds. I didn't think I would like this tool as much as I do. But it makes such quick work of julienning carrots that I've become a big fan. The initial shreds are as long as the carrot. For salads, I chop the shreds into 2-inch pieces.

It's called a julienne peeler, and places like Amazon and Bed, Bath and Beyond sell them. It's good for making veggie "pasta" out of zucchini and eggplant, as well as julienned carrots. For veggie "noodles", leave the shreds long.

Anyway, I'm not trying to sell anything, but just wanted to share how delighted I am with this tool.


  1. I've never seen a tool like that. You've got me very interested!

    1. Hi live and learn,
      I'm not a kitchen-gadgety type of person, but this one I like. It's quick and easy, and goes into the dishwasher.

      Have a great day, live and learn!

  2. Interesting tool. I just use a box grater. : )

    1. Hi Carol,
      A grater is a handy tool, too. I like this better than my grater for making julienned carrots. I might not have ever bought one of these, but have been very glad to receive it as a gift.

      Have a nice day, Carol!

  3. This is new to me :) I have a insert for my food processor that does this. Now I think I am going to make some slaw and maybe a carrot salad yum.
    Have a great day,

    1. Hi Patti,
      It was new to me, too. I'll have to make some carrot salad, soon, too. I love the crunch and sweetness of a good carrot salad.

      Have a great day, Patti!

  4. I have never seen a tool like that before. I have a mandolin and it is very dangerous! I think I would like that tool you have much better.


    1. Very interesting! I was flipping through my antenna channels and came across a shopping network that was featuring this very tool (along with two others making it a set of three).


  5. hi lili,
    a interesting tool. and your winter salad looks very appetizing,
    hugs regina

  6. Thank you for sharing this. We definitely could use a tool like this in our cooking, almost everyday. Usually I get lazy to cut julienne strips and skip adding carrots that go well in noodle and rice type dishes. Especially when cooking for our grandkids, I like to sneak vegetables in wherever I can.

    Have a pleasant day!!



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