Saturday, January 22, 2011

Carrot Raisin Salad

When I started college I immediately met 2 amazing women who lived on my floor. We fell in together and while trying to figure out the ins and outs of a Freshman schedule all decided to take Russian Language.
At 8am.
4 days a week.
In a class of 8 students.
Did you know Russian has a totally different alphabet? I did not.

This class ended up being the toughest class I have taken, but also the most enjoyable. The three of us would tumble out of the dorm together while 99% of the campus was still asleep and walk into the little, cozy world of Russian Class 101. Magda, our professor, was a mix of brilliant teacher and mother hen. We learned so much, so fast (and the three of us developed a secret "Russian" language oh so useful at Frat parties!) and were soon in love with the language and our professor. Seeing as there were only 8 of us in the class, skipping or sleeping through it was not an option. You would be missed, and Magda would come looking for you after class, so you had better have a legitimate excuse. But, if you were sick, homemade soup would come your way as long as you promised to show up the next morning.

I only survived 2 years of Russian, but took away a love of the language, culture, and food. Each year Magda would host a party at her house and teach us to cook Russian dishes. I learned this carrot salad in her kitchen, beside my friends.

They have been on my mind a lot lately. As I celebrate my new son, both of them are also expecting their first babies. I can't wait to have a reunion and teach our little kids fake Russian swear words we made up at 18. :)

This salad is a great make ahead dish.  (You know to make during nap time so you can have something with dinner.) I actually think it improves with a little rest in the refridgerator. I shredded the carrots in the food processor, but you could use a mandoline or box grater. Whatever works for you. The sweetness of the raisins is a beautiful foil to the earthiness of the carrots.

(I have no picture of finished product)
Carrot Raisin Salad
4-6 carrots, grated
1/4- 1/2 cup raisins
1 green onion, sliced thinly
1/4 cup sour cream
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

1. In a bowl combine carrots, raisins, and green onion.
2. In a small cup or glass whisk the sour cream with the lemon juice, salt and sugar.
3. Dress salad and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings to preference.


  1. mmmmmm, I love carrots! Thanks for the recipe.

    It was so nice to meet you last night! I had a blast at the party:) What did you end up getting?