Lacto fermented carrot salad recipe – fermented shaved carrots with garlic and coriander flavor – 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.
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Benefits Of Making Fermented Carrots
Making this rich probiotic salad made from fermented carrots brings a lot of health benefits and help you populate the gut with the 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 .
Plus the Lactobacillus – is the bacteria that is responsible for production of lactic acid, it’s what brings the tart flavor of fermented foods – a nice tangy flavor that compliments well with any bland dish.
How To Incorporate Lacto Fermented Carrots In A Salad
There are two steps in making this fermented carrots salad.
- First I’ll ferment the carrots and then I’m adding the rest of ingredients. To get these beautiful paper thin ribbons we need to shave the carrots by using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer. Sprinkle in the salt and massage until the juice comes out. Press the shaved carrots into a jar and let them ferment for 3-5 days.
- Then we can add the spices and the rest of ingredients in order to assemble the fermented carrot salad and you can keep the jar refrigerated up to 2 months afterwards.
Add Additional Flavorings To Your Fermented Carrot Salad
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.
If you like it spicy you can add some dry red chili pepper.
How Long Do 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, 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.
How To Eat Fermented Carrots
You can ferment carrots in many forms: sticks, rounds but I like them “shaved”, this makes them pleasing to the eye as well. Here are a few ways I enjoy my fermented carrots:
- Add them to burritos, wraps, sandwiches and burgers
- Add some acidity to the soup
- Incorporate them into salads or top off green salads
- Great for Buddha Bowls
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.
Fermented Carrot Salad
1 Step: Carrot Lacto Fermentation
- 4 cups shaved carrots (tightly packed) - aprox. 6 large carrots
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp sauerkraut juice
- 2 oz filtered water
2 Step: Salad Assembling
For fermenting the carrots
- Using a vegetable peeler, shave each carrot into long paper thin strips. Place the carrots into a medium bowl.
- Add the salt and sauerkraut juice to the water, mix until salt dissolves. Pour over carrots and mix 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 wight if necessary to keep time 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 3-5 days until they have a sour pickled smell.
To Finish The Salad:
- Once the carrots are done, check if there is no white film/residue, mold are 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, throw the whole thing away.
- If your carrots have successfully fermented, strain in a colander and pour a cup of filtered water to wash away some of the saltiness (if it’s too salty for you).
- When there is no liquid left, add the rest of ingredients, give it a good mix to coat and put them back into jars.
- Put a tight lid on the jar 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.
- Make sure all your jar and utensils are clean before you proceed to avoid contamination.
- If you have a lot of white film/residue, you may not have added enough salt or it was left out too long.
- Be sure that the carrots are submerged the entire time, the jar is covered.
- 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.
- Make sure to always use purified water when fermenting vegetables. Tap water contains chemicals like chlorine that harm good bacteria.
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