Thursday, August 26, 2010

Carrot Salad

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I can't believe we are gearing up to go back to school in a few days!  I want my summer back!  Since I can't prevent it from coming I figure I might as well get into the spirit of things.

I'd like to start by saying we are NOT adventurous in this house when it comes to lunch.  Two of my kids will only eat peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.  Without jelly.  Every. Single. Day.  I get a little tired of making PB sandwiches, I must admit.  My oldest is a little more adventurous and likes to mix it up a bit.

So, when the ladies said they wanted to do a back to school themed week featuring lunches I really had to rack my brain.  I mean, I'm sure you all know how to make a PB sandwich on your own.  I wanted something that was somewhat healthy and that I had a chance of my kids eating.  That is a harder challenge than it sounds.

It dawned on my that I hadn't made a carrot salad in a really long time.  Like probably since before I had kids.  The last time I made it was for a family picnic but I figured, hmmmm....why not try to mix things up a bit and turn it into a sandwich?  Healthy, my kids eat carrots, this could work.  The best part of this recipe is you can really mix it up any way you like!

Please forgive my lack of pictures.  I forgot to take out my camera.  I know, shame on me! 

Carrots, shredded (1 cup or more, depending on how many sandwiches you are making)
raisins (as few or as many as you want!)
walnuts (optional)
white vinegar
vegetable oil
Pita bread

Shred carrots and mix with raisins, and walnuts if using.  Add a splash of vinegar, a smidge of oil, a little salt and pepper and mix up.  Serve in a pita. 

To change things up:
mix it up with mayo, use a different flavor of vinegar, or use a salad dressing of your choice

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