Turkish-Style Carrot Salad Recipe with Minty Yogurt Dressing
The tangy yogurt dressing is this Turkish-style carrot salad recipe is vibrant and delicious. Spiked with red pepper and garlic, the salad is great as a healthy side dish or as part of a traditional Turkish meze spread.
Cool and Refreshing Minty Yogurt Dressing
The essential Turkish spices I used in this salad are mint and chilies. I love using mint when cooking because it’s cool and refreshing. I build layers of flavor in this carrot salad by adding both dried and fresh mint, using chilies for a kick, and yogurt for tang. My favorite yogurt to use is the whole milk European-style yogurt from Strauss Creamery. It has superior flavor, and I prefer the thinner texture as opposed to a Greek (thickened) yogurt. This salad will hold in the fridge for up to 3 days, so make a batch during your next meal prep session, and you’ll have a fresh and healthy salad all week.
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Also, as suggested above, carrot salad with yogurt can be part of a traditional Turkish meze spread. Meze is basically a spread of small dishes, meant to be shared with friends, traditionally over rakı, an unsweetened anise flavor alcoholic beverage from Turkey. Recipes do not necessarily have to be Turkish recipes. Garlic and Lemon Zest Shrimp, Zucchini Fritters, Mom’s Meatballs, Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip, and Marinated Mushrooms are all perfect recipes for a Turkish meze night.
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- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon dried mint*
- 1/2 teaspoon Turkish red pepper flakes**
- 3 cups julienned or grated carrots
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Minty Yogurt Dressing
- 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped mint
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a large saute pan. Add garlic, mint, and red pepper flakes, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Do not allow garlic to brown or burn.
- Add carrots, sea salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine, and cook about 5 minutes, until carrots are just starting to soften. Empty pan into a large mixing bowl.
Minty Yogurt Dressing
- Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over cooked carrots and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight to let the flavors combine. To serve, give a stir and garnish with fresh mint and chili pepper sprinkles.