simple: carrot and mint ribbon salad

Our Life Plan, and the big reason for downsizing our life, was to live out our motto: Live an Active, Simple, Generous, and Relaxed lifestyle.  We continually refine and hone our daily choices to make certain we are holding fast to this lifestyle motto.  Do the opportunities that present themselves daily to us bring us toward our goals or away? Sometimes both, and that is why we frequently  refocus on our plans so that we don’t lose the plot and end up somewhere we never intended- busy, over extended, stressed, and tired.

What is your life motto?


Here at Manderley Cottage, I am seeking Simple. Simple and beautiful foods that I look forward to making and eating. Making because the ingredient list is short but dynamic, and the textures new and exciting. Eating because the flavors, colors, and nutrients are bold. All  accomplished with such little effort, so little items.


In my quest for simplicity while eating more nutrient dense foods with few ingredients and big flavor, I found this Mediterranean-Style Carrot Salad. You can see I shortened the ingredient list by the feta, cilantro, and toasted almonds. It’s a kind of game I play with myself “I can make that dish taste good in 5 ingredients.” OK six for this one. It’s not as if I dislike the other ingredients, I am just trying to simplify my life and grocery bill by making foods that are light on ingredients but big on taste. Mint and lime shout loudly in this salad. The carrot ribbons are beautiful and interesting and delicate. They’ll have you spinning your fork.


I ate all four jars of this refreshing little salad last week. I had told Himself about them, but if you snooze you lose.


Are you Packing Eat? 

carrot and mint ribbon salad
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Mint and lime bring a huge burst of flavor to this dish while the carrot ribbons lend beauty, interest, and delicate texture.
  • 6 Organic, medium carrots
  • 2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ Tblsp. honey
  • juice of one lime
  • 12 mint leaves, minced
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
  1. Using your favorite vegetable peeler, peel carrots and remove root tip.
  2. Holding the fat top of the carrot, run peeler down the length of the carrot a few times making long ribbons. Place ribbons in cold water to curl.
  3. Continue turning the carrot in quarter turns, making ribbons, until you get to the core of the carrot. Cut the core into sticks and use for later with your favorite dip.
  4. For the dressing: whisk together oil, honey, lime juice, mint, and salt.
  5. Drain carrot ribbons very well and toss with the dressing. Serve immediately.
  6. If not eating right away: Divide ribbons into 4 portions, in 8 ounce wide-mouth jars and top each with 1½ tablespoons of the dressing. Store in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
Additional Garnishes if desired: toasted almonds, cilantro, and feta cheese.

Shop BRK: a few of my favorite things…
My most favorite knife ever
I threw away all my other reamers for this one
In order to simplify your life, what ingredients can you remove and still be fulfilled?


  1. Sharon
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    I like your spin on “Name That Tune”–do you remember that show? Instead of, “I can name that song in 5 tunes,” your version goes, “I can make that recipe in 5 recipes…make that recipe!”
    Speaking of which, it looks yummy, and simple. And, I usually have all of those ingredients on hand. I also have some English cucumbers in my fridge and I think they would work famously with that dressing. Did you know that cucumbers help to detox your body? I recently had a massage (it was free for runners after running a half-marathon about a week ago–had to wait in line, but so worth it!) and the LMT informed me of that. ~Sharon

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

      I do remember that show- it was a fun one! Cukes would be great with this, and I do like a slice of cucumber in my water, but should do it more often now that you said it is a good detox. A half marathon!? That is awesome. Do you run them often?

  2. Posted October 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    That looks so refreshing Robin Sue! If I made that, it would be all for me! 😀

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM | Permalink

      Tony gets none!

  3. Sharon
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM | Permalink


    I run about 3 half-marathons a year, and also run Hood to Coast with a team of good friends. My social life is my running friends (my husband being one of them)–some people go out to dinner or coffee, we go out for a run. 🙂 It’s so mentally uplifting and enjoyable for me.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted October 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

      Very impressive! It’s great you have friends to do this with, it keeps the motivation alive!

  4. Posted October 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    Sounds delicious! I might try it tomorrow.

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