Carrot Apple Slaw with Cranberries

MAKES 4 SERVINGS • PREP TIME: 15 minutes • COOK TIME: not applicable

Classic slaws usually aren’t much to get excited about. Between their homely appearance and goopy consistency, they tend to resemble Spackle. But that’s not the case here. This slaw is a feast for the eyes and palate. If Pixar ever created a recipe, this just might be it.

Between the carrots, cranberries, apples, and mint, there’s enough visual zing to get Peter Max excited. The taste is equally heady, and it offers a host of delightful contrasts for all of the senses: crispy and chewy, tart and sweet, fruits and veggies—all vying for attention in one beautiful package. Plus, apples have a load of health-promoting properties, aiding brain and stomach function.

1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 ounces carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced into 1/4-inch strips
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon slivered almonds, toasted

Put the cranberries, onion 1 tablespoon of the orange juice, and the lemon juice in a small bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the juices to penetrate the cranberries and onion.

Put the carrots, apple, mint, salt, cranberry mixture, and remaining 2 tablespoons of orange juice, and salt in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss again. Scatter the almonds over the top.

VARIATIONS: Add 1/3 cup fresh or frozen shelled edamame, spritzed with lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt, or add 1 cup of finely shredded cabbage. Substitute scallion for the red onion.

Reprinted with permission from The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods Copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. 

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