Italian Carrot Salad with Basil is a delicious family favorite with oil and vinegar! A vegan & gluten-free side dish.Happy New Year! I had no idea this would be my first post of 2016, but after all of the rich food during the holidays, I had such a craving for our family’s Italian carrot salad with basil. Forget meat, cheese, and anything heavy or sweet — for now. I just want to settle in with a bel piatto (beautiful plate) of these gorgeous carrots and some crusty bread to soak up the delicious oil and vinegar dressing. Does that sound good?
This is a side dish, of course, even though I love to savor it as the main event for lunch. Mom has made this my entire life, and when she says we’re having “the carrots” with dinner, no one has to ask what kind. My blog wouldn’t be complete without them. (There will always be more recipes to share, but you know what I mean.)
Mom always tells me that the best Italian food consists of just a few simple ingredients. (Isn’t that a great recipe for life too?) Here, we have crisp-tender carrots, a red wine vinaigrette and basil coming together to make magic.
Here’s to all of us in 2016. May our year be bright, healthy and delicious!
(Recipe Source: Adapted from Mom, who doesn’t measure anything, but probably uses more oil than I do. She also uses garlic salt in hers.)