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Simple Orange Ginger Carrot Salad for a Higgidy Picnic

Orange Ginger Carrot Salad

Salads, Sponsored Post, Vegan | 16th July 2016 | By

It’s always useful to have some simple but delicious and portable food up one’s sleeve for this time of year. Our British summers can be quite changeable and embarking on a  picnic or al fresco dining is often a last minute affair. Higgidy quiches are ideal for these occasions, as is this orange ginger carrot salad, which fits the bill perfectly. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe.

Whilst the Brits seem to go in for coleslaw in a big way, the French tend to keep their salads more simple. Carrot salad is one of their most popular. They go in for grated carrots dressed simply with a classic French dressing. This is the equivalent of Coco Chanel’s little black dress – it goes with everything. My orange ginger carrot salad has a little more va va voom and dare I say, is even better.

Higgidy Veggie Quiche

This simple carrot salad is not only speedily put together with ingredients I generally have to hand but it’s perfect for picnics; it keeps well and is best made in advance so the carrots have a chance to soak up the flavours. No need to check the weather forecast at hourly intervals before making it. Orange is a classic flavour pairing for carrots, but combine it with lime and you have a sweet zingy taste sensation. The ginger brings a bit of tropical heat, so often lacking in our summer and the spring onions or chives give a welcome savoury note. I’m sure Coco would approve of the elegance and simplicity of just a few ingredients which allows the citrus and ginger to shine through. Zut alors.

Higgidy, the Sussex based maker of delicious pies and quiches, sent me some of their summer quiches and veggie rolls in order to take part in their  #higgidypicnic pop-up challenge. Higgidy is already a firm favourite with us, so I was delighted. The little peperonata & feta quiches were as good as they sound and matched the carrot salad in colour almost perfectly. The contrast in flavour and texture, however, was quite different. The feta and red pepper veggie rolls are a great vegetarian alternative to sausage rolls and also work very nicely with my simple orange ginger carrot salad. The only complaint I had was their total moreishness. Luckily, there are only six in a box and with two of us sharing, I wasn’t able to be as greedy as I might otherwise have been.

Higgidy Veggie Rolls

We often take picnics down to our plot. These Higgidy quiches and veggie rolls are a wonderful grab and go godsend when the rain stops and the skies clear. I’ve made up several batches of the salad to go with them and it’s given us the requisite sustenance to keep us cheery and energised as we work. Because we’ve had a lot of damp weather, we’ve also picnicked inside – on the dining room table in fact. But who’s counting?

Joules Cup and Flowers

Look out for on pack promotions for a chance to win Joules picnic goodies. I was sent a rather fabulous Joules picnic beaker, which as you can see from the photographs, my flowers drank from rather than me. Next time, I might get a look in.

You can follow the #higgidypicnic challenge on Twitter and Facebook

Simple Orange and Ginger Carrot Salad
Serves 4
A fresh, sweet and zingy salad which is simple to prepare and delicious to eat. It's best made in advance so the carrots can absorb the flavours which makes it perfect picnic and party fare.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 225g (8oz) carrots - scrubbed, topped and tailed
  2. ยฝ orange - juiced (I used a clementine this time)
  3. ยฝ lime - juiced
  4. walnut sized piece of root ginger - peeled
  5. 6 spring onions or handful of chives
  6. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (I used flax seed oil this time)
  7. pinch fine sea or rock salt
  8. black pepper - freshly ground
Instructions
  1. Grate the carrots using a food processor or hand-held grater and place into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Grate in the ginger.
  3. Chop the spring onions or snip the chives and add to the bowl with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Give it a good stir, cover and leave to marinade for 2-12 hours.
Notes
  1. If eating carrot skins, which is where many of the nutrients are, it's best to use organic ones to avoid sprays.
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Cook Once Eat TwiceAs this simple orange and carrot salad is even better on days two and three, I’m sending it off to Cook Once Eat Twice with Searching for Spice.

 

 

No Croutons Required LogoI’m also sending this carrot salad off to No Croutons Required which is being hosted this month at Lisa’s Kitchen and is alternately hosted by Tinned Tomatoes.

 

 

Simple and in Season LogoCarrots are so delicious at this time of year, all newly dug and beautifully sweet. I’m sharing this carrot salad with Simple and in Season with Feeding Boys.

 

Eating Al Fresco is what this salad was made for, so I’m also sharing it with Munchies and Munchkins.

Other #higgidypicnic posts you might like

Thanks to Higgidy for sponsoring this post. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands that help to keep Tin and Thyme blythe and blogging.

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    Henk Kooiman
    16th July 2016

    I love any variety of carrot salad so I bet I’d like this one too !

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      I think I need to be more adventurous in my carrot salads. I’ve clearly not tried enough.

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    Shaheen
    16th July 2016

    I love carrots in salad, esp. Moroccan inspired ones, this would make a fab change.

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      Thanks Angie. Sometimes we forget I think that simple can be extremely good.

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    munchies and munchkins
    16th July 2016

    This looks so good. I love grated carrot and the fresh simplicity of this really appeals to me. Loving the new Higgidy range. xx

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      Thanks Rebecca, it’s a lovely salad for sure and it did go very nicely with the Higgidy quiches and rolls.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    17th July 2016

    I’ve made something similar and it was really good. The flavours work really well together. Love the veggie Higgidy Pies.

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      Yes Jac. I’m a fan of Higgidy pies and these quiches and rolls were fab.

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    Janice
    17th July 2016

    We had an instant picnic today, but as it was with a 3 year old, a 5 year old and a 92 year old it consisted of sandwiches mainly egg mayo and cheese! For me a little Higgedy quiche and a carrot salad would be ideal as I have always loved raw carrots and they are my go to snack, especially when fasting!

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      Oh but that sounds lovely Janice. Were all 4 generations represented?

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      Choclette
      17th July 2016

      Thanks Emma. I had no idea carrot salad was so popular. It’s not really something you see when out and about.

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      Choclette
      18th July 2016

      Thanks Helen. The Higgidy quiches and rolls are really good and so useful for picnics and food on the go too.

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    Lucie @bctinykitchen
    18th July 2016

    I love a carrot salad, I often dress mine with sweet chilli sauce or orange juice and date syrup. Looks like i’ll need to give this a try and add it to the repertoire.

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    Daphne Goh
    19th July 2016

    I adore carrots, whether its cooked, added to raw carrots or simply juiced. Your carrot salad looks vibrant and delicious and so simple to make too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      19th July 2016

      Carrots are very useful vegetables and a beautiful colour too Daphne ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Corina
    19th July 2016

    I love grated carrot salads and this sound lovely with the ginger and lime. I have to say I’m not a fan of classic coldslaw and would much rather eat something like this. It would indeed be lovely for a picnic! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

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      Choclette
      19th July 2016

      Thanks Corina. I agree, this is a lot lighter and fresher than classic coleslaw.

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    Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com
    19th July 2016

    Oooh what a lovely take on carottes rapรฉes – reminds me of when I was working in Paris. This was an absolute staple in the canteen. I probably had it just about every day! I imagine this salad goes wonderfully with those rather marvellous quiches!! Eb x

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      Choclette
      19th July 2016

      Haha Eb, me too. I was a student in Lyon for a few months and it was a staple in the canteen there too ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      21st July 2016

      Thanks Alida. It’s absolutely delicious and goes with all sorts of things.

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    Heidi Roberts
    23rd July 2016

    I love a grated carrot salad there are so many dressings that work with it too!

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      Choclette
      24th July 2016

      You are so right Heidi, carrots are a good vehicle for absorbing flavours.

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    Fiona Maclean
    30th July 2016

    I do like the sound of this salad. I’m seriously into ginger – and I already make a ginger carrot soup so this sound fab

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      Choclette
      1st August 2016

      It’s a really simple salad, but really delicious, especially if you leave it a while for the flavours to marinade.

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    Katie Bryson
    31st July 2016

    What a lush alternative to coleslaw for a picnic – I adore all the flavours you’ve put together here. Thanks so much for hooking up with this month’s round of Simple and in Season ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      1st August 2016

      Thanks Katie, orange and ginger is a bit of a classic, but sometimes simple is best.

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      Choclette
      1st August 2016

      Well I’m not quite sure I’d want my carrots stored for too long in the cupboard, but I know what you mean.

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    Lisa
    2nd September 2016

    Love the idea of this refreshing salad. I’m been quite keen on carrots lately. Thanks so much for sharing with NCR. I am working on the roundup and it should appear soon.

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      Choclette
      3rd September 2016

      I’ve just made a purple carrot salad which is pretty good too Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

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