This lemony feta & carrot salad is a light and tasty side dish that you can make in minutes. Bright lemon, tangy feta and sweet carrots compliment each other in this easy salad.
Every time I go to Trader Joes I have to buy their multi-colored carrots. I seem to be the only one in my family that thinks they are cool (I guess I am a bit strange in that way ). Anyway I was trying to figure out what to do with them and was in the mood for a good salad. I also had a bag of lemons that needed to be put to use, so I made this lemony feta & carrot salad. I spiralized the carrots and tossed them with some tangy feta and crunchy toasted pine nuts and dressed them in a bright lemon and garlic dressing. It was delicious! I ate almost the whole thing for dinner!
I got a spiralizer last year for Christmas and I just love it. It makes eating vegetables fun. This is the spiralizer that I have and I used the smaller blade to make these thin curly noodles. I also used a julienne peeler for the rest of the carrot. The spiralizer leaves the cores of the vegetables when it’s done spiralizing. I use the julienne peeler for when I want a straight spaghetti-like noodle for dishes like this Asian carrot and parnip salad or these roasted veggie noodles.
On to the salad, I whipped up a bright and garlicky lemon vinaigrette. I used the zest of half a lemon and the juice of two lemons. Then I whisked it with some crusted garlic, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper. It was very delicious! Then I tossed it with some chopped spinach, the carrot noodles, some feta crumbles and toasted pine nuts.
It’s a very crunchy salad and very filling. As I mentioned above I ate it for dinner and was very full afterward.
Lemony Feta & Carrot Salad
While this may seem like a summer salad, it was really light and bright and perfect for when you have the winter blues. There is something about citrus that really brightens my mood in the cold weather. I hope you like this quick and easy salad as much as I did. My husband really liked it too though he’s not as much of a salad freak as I am. It did make me realize that I can make these colorful and healthy salads for dinner and he would enjoy them as a side dish instead of the usual starches or veggies. Enjoy!
- 3-4 carrots, made into noodles
- ⅓ cup feta cheese
- ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1cup packed baby spinach leaves, chopped
- ½ lemon zested
- 2 lemons juiced or ⅓ cup
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- In a large bowl, mix your carrots, spinach, feta and pine nuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Start with about half of the dressing to toss with the salad. I only used half but you can taste and add more if you like.
- Serve and enjoy!