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Fermented Shaved Carrot Salad

Lacto fermented shaved carrot salad recipe – the shaved carrots are seasoned with spices like garlic, paprika and coriander then fermented until it gets a tangy spicy taste.

This fermented shaved carrots  makes healthy probiotic-rich, tangy and fragrant carrot salad that can be served as a side dish, topping for tacos, burgers, and other favorite dishes.

This specific fermented carrot salad recipe goes very well with any kind of grilled meat or fish. It also can be used as a salad ingredient or served as a topping to your burger or taco.

I usually use carrots combined with other veggies when fermenting like in this red cabbage sauerkraut, but I wanted to try fermenting them separately, so here we go!

Related: Fermented Beets + Cabbage (Probiotic Rich Beetroot Sauerkraut)

Benefits Of Making Fermented Carrots

Making this rich probiotic salad with fermented carrots brings a lot of health benefits and can help you populate the gut with good bacteria.

The growth of lactobacilli during lacto-fermentation leads to an increase in vitamin levels and make the fermented carrots more digestible. These  “friendly” bacteria – lactobacillus – can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases [1].

The Lactobacillus – the bacteria that is responsible for production of lactic acid, brings the tart flavor typical for fermented foods. Therefore these fermented shaved carrots have a nice tangy spicy flavor which compliments beautifully any bland dish.

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How To Make Fermented Shaved Carrot Salad

There are two steps in making this fermented carrot salad.

1. First Ferment The Carrots

  • First I’ll ferment the carrots and then I will be adding the rest of ingredients to enhance it’s flavor.
    • To get these beautiful paper thin carrot ribbons we need to shave the carrots by using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer
  • In a cup mix the salt (I’m using grey Celtic sea salt) with 2 oz (30ml) of filtered water, add a touch of sauerkraut juice (as a fermenting starter) – about 2 tablespoons. Then pour this mixture over the carrot ribbons and massage until everything is evenly coated. 
  • Press the shaved carrots into a clean jar and let them ferment for 4-6 days. It will depend on the room temperature. Make sure the carrots are submerged under the liquid by placing some weight on top. I used a smaller jar filled with water, see picture below. Cover with a clean cheese cloth or coffee filter to prevent any dust getting in while fermenting.
Process shots showing how to ferment shaved carrots with salt in a jar.
Fermenting the carrots.

2. Add Spices For Flavor

  • Once the carrots are nice and sour (picture no 5 and 6), we can add the spices and the rest of ingredients in order to boost their flavor.
  • First we need to strain the fermentation liquid (picture 7 and 8).
Process shots showing how to prepare the fermented carrots for assembling the salad, by removing the brine.
Preparing the fermented carrots for assembling the salad, by removing the brine.
  • Meanwhile heat a skillet with 1/4 to 1/3 cup of oil. Use a healthier oil like olive oil or a flavorless variety like avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
  • And cook some roughly sliced onion (about 2 medium or 1 extra large) in that oil until its golden brown and fragrant.
  • Remove the cooked onion from the skillet with tongs and let the oil strain into a small bowl (picture 9 and 10). Discard the onions or use them for a different recipe.
  • In the same skillet with the remaining oil saute the minced garlic very briefly (up to 1 minute) and remove from heat, let it cool (picture 11).
Process shots showing how to prepare the seasonings (coriander, paprika, black pepper) the onion and garlic  infused oil for the carrot salad.
Preparing the seasonings, garlic and the fragrant onion infused oil for the carrot salad.
  • Add the strained oil and the sauteed garlic (with oil) to the fermented carrots.
  • Then add the spices (coriander, paprika/or smoked paprika, ground black pepper and a touch of cayyene pepper if you prefer it spicy);
  • Additionally you can include some maple sugar (or bown sugar) – about 2 tablespoons if you like. It takes this salad’s flavor to the next level.
  • Then mix well (gently) until every carrot ribbon is coated with the mixture.
  • From here you can play with extra seasonings and add more spicyness (some dry red chili pepper) sweetness (sugar) or sourness (vinegar) or other herbs.
Mixing the shaved carrot salad and storing in a jar.
Mixing the shaved carrot salad and storing in a jar.

You can adjust the seasonings according to your taste. I like my fermented carrot salad a little garlicky but not too overpowering, sour and sweet, and a little salty which comes perfectly when fermented.

How To Store The Fermented Carrot Salad

Transfer the assembled carrot salad into the same jar it fermented (no need to wash it) see picture 15. Or split into smaller jars.

You can keep the jar refrigerated up to 2 months afterwards. Cold temperature will slow down the fermentation process.

Storing shaved fermented carrots in the jar.

FAQs

How long does fermented carrots last?

When the carrots are fermented properly, and stored in a dark, cool location at a constant temperature, they can keep for anywhere between 6 and 18 months.
If you’re not sure the fermented carrots are still good, check the color. The top layer should be the same color as the bottom layer (this is a major indicator of when things are going bad – the classic change is that the top layer will darken or turn gray). Plus the smell should be the same, the texture – mostly crisp, and the flavor boldly sour, not sulfurous.

Are pickled carrots good for gut health?

The growth of lactobacilli during lacto-fermentation of carrots leads to an increase in vitamin levels and make the fermented carrots more digestible. These “friendly” bacteria can help us break down food, absorb nutrients better, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases.

What do you eat with fermented carrots?

Any fatty foods (meat, eggs, cheese, avocado) combines well with fermented veggies. Add these fermented carrots to burritos, wraps, sandwiches and burgers. Add some acidity to the soup. Incorporate them into salads or top off green salads. Great for poke bowls, such as this quinoa poke bowl with shrimp.

Lacto fermented shaved carrot salad recipe – the shaved carrots are seasoned with spices like garlic and coriander then fermented until it gets a tangy spicy taste. This fermented shaved carrots makes healthy probiotic-rich, tangy and fragrant carrot salad that can be served as a side dish, topping for tacos, burgers, and other favorite dishes. #fermentedcarrots #carrotsalad #shaved
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Tip: You can ferment carrots in many forms: sticks, julliened, rounds but I like them “shaved”, this makes them pleasing to the eye.

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Fermented Shaved Carrot Salad

Lacto fermented shaved carrot salad recipe – the shaved carrots are seasoned with spices like garlic and coriander then fermented until it gets a tangy spicy taste. These fermented shaved carrots make a healthy probiotic-rich, tangy and fragrant carrot salad that can be served as a side dish, topping for tacos, burgers, and other favorite dishes to enhance their flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Inactive Time3 d
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: All, Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 12
Calories: 62kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

1 Step: Carrot Lacto Fermentation

  • 10 medium carrots - shaved (about 800 grams)
  • 2 tsp sea salt - I used Celtic sea salt
  • 2 tbsp sauerkraut juice - from fermented cabbage
  • 2 oz filtered water

2 Step: Salad Assembling

  • 1 large red onion, sliced - or 2 medium
  • 7 large garlic cloves - finelly minced
  • 1/4 cup oil - olive or avocado oil or grape-seed oil
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper - ground
  • 1 tsp paprika - or smoked paprika

Optional

  • 2 tbsp maple sugar - or syrup
  • 1/3 tsp cayenne pepper - for spiciness
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar - for more sourness
  • Add additional salt if desired

Instructions
 

For fermenting the carrots

  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave each carrot into long paper thin strips by using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer. Place the shaved carrots into a bowl. 
  • Add the salt and sauerkraut juice to the water, mix until salt dissolves. Pour over carrots and mix with your clean hands until the carrots are nicely coated with the mixture. 
  • Press the mixture tightly into a jar so that the carrots release more juice. Pour the remaining liquid over the carrots. Make sure they are submerged completely underneath the liquid. 
  • Add some weight if necessary to keep them submerged at all times while fermenting. Cover the jar with a coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
  • Let it ferment at room temperature (~65°F)  for 4-5 days until they have a sour pickled smell.
  • Once the carrots are done, check if there is no white film/residue, mold or an unpleasant smell. 
  • If there are small amounts of white film forming on pieces that are sticking out of the brine, I just throw those pieces away. If there's is more than that, and it smells bad, throw the whole thing away.

To Finish The Salad:

  • If your carrots have successfully fermented, strain in a colander. And place into a bowl.
  • Meanwhile heat a skillet with 1/4 to 1/3 cup of oil. Use a healthier oil like olive oil or a flavorless variety like avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
  • And cook the roughly sliced onion in that oil until its golden brown and fragrant.
  • Remove the cooked onion from the skillet with tongs and let the oil strain into a small bowl. Discard the onions or use them for a different recipe.
  • In the same skillet with the remaining oil, saute the minced garlic very briefly (up to 1 minute) and remove from heat, let it cool.
  • Add the strained oil and the sauteed garlic (with oil) to the fermented carrots.
  • Then add the spices (coriander, paprika/or smoked paprika, ground black pepper and a touch of cayyene pepper if you prefer it spicy).
  • Additionally you can include some maple sugar (or bown sugar) – about 2 tablespoons if you like. It takes this salad’s flavor to the next level.
  • Then mix well (gently) until every carrot ribbon is coated with the mixture.
    From here you can play with extra seasonings and add more spicyness (some dry red chili pepper) sweetness (sugar) or sourness (vinegar) or other herbs.

Storing

  • Transfer the assembled carrot salad into the same jar it fermented (no need to wash it). Or split into smaller jars, and move to refrigerator.
  • The flavor will continue to develop in the next few days. Before serving let it develop the flavor for at least 12 hours.
  • It can be kept in the fridge for up to a month or two. 

Notes

  1. Make sure all your jar and utensils are clean before you proceed to avoid contamination.
  2. If you have a lot of white film/residue, you may not have added enough salt or it was left out too long.
  3. Be sure that the carrots are submerged the entire time, the jar is covered.
  4. If you don’t use a weight to keep veggies submerged, stir the surface daily to prevent mold from forming on the surface, or push the carrots that are sticking out of the brine back down / shake them up each day.
  5. Make sure to always use purified water when fermenting vegetables. Tap water contains chemicals like chlorine that harm good bacteria.
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Nutrition

Serving: 0.3cup | Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.6g | Fat: 4.8g | Sodium: 219.6mg | Potassium: 128.9mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 2.2g | Vitamin A: 4460IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Laure

Monday 19th of December 2022

What do I do with the strained brine? Can I keep it to use on vegetables again?

HealthyTasteOfLife

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

Usally the brine from a saurkraut can be used on other recipes, I'm not sure how this would work in this case.

Lisa

Saturday 10th of December 2022

I absolutely loved this recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I put it on my salads, or use instead of lettuce on my burgers...it's amazing.

Cindi

Monday 21st of March 2022

What can be used in place of sauerkraut juice? I don't have any fermented items right now. Thanks,

HealthyTasteOfLife

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Sorry I don't think there is an easy substitution, you either make your own ferments or you need to buy a vegetable starter culture, they are usually sold in small pouches.

Marion

Saturday 11th of December 2021

Could I use the liquid from my lactofermented garlic instead of sauerkraut juice? Or what would be a good alternative?

HealthyTasteOfLife

Saturday 11th of December 2021

I think any juice from lacto-fermented vegetable would work, they all have the bacteria and fungi to help start the fermentation.