Carrot Salsa/Salad/Side Dish

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by CookETC

I created this to complement Spicy BBQ Rubbed Pork Chops (the rub recipe was from Rachel Ray). It pairs nicely with any barbequed meat dish. It's kind of a spin on "Copper Pennies" of my favorite cold summer salads...but it's less sweet and a bit more versatile. Serve it as a salsa to top meats or as a cold summer salad...It's even good when heated and served as a side dish.

Top Review by Studentchef

I made this as a salad/side dish and found this awesome. I love everything about it, especially the grape tomatoes, which I found to be the best kind of tomatoes for this recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook carrots till tender in microwave (about 4-6 minutes).
  2. Chop red onion and green bell pepper.
  3. FOR SALSA: Cut carrots into bite-sized pieces (cutting them in half usually does the trick unless you have the fatter baby carrots).
  4. FOR SALAD OR SIDE DISH: Leave carrots whole.
  5. Combine marinade ingredients in a medium bowl (use one that has a good fitting lid).
  6. Toss in the veggies, except the grape tomatoes.
  7. Now, smash each grape tomato over the bowl (I just give them a quick squeeze or two in the middle using my fingers as I drop them in the bowl).
  8. FOR SALSA OR SALAD: Cover and refrigerate at least an hour (overnight is even better).
  9. FOR SIDE DISH: heat in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes.

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