Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carrots and Cranberries Star in Easy Salad

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carrots and Cranberries Star in Easy Salad

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BUSY PEOPLE have no reason to skip salad anymore. With such a variety of ready-to-eat salad ingredients available at the market, making salad is as easy as opening a bag, pouring the contents into a bowl and tossing them with a few seasonings.

One of the most useful of these packaged fresh vegetables is shredded carrots. They provide an excellent way to introduce color and vitamin A into our menus.

Carrot salads are delicious with fresh or dried fruit. Raisins are their classic companion, but have you tried carrots with dried cranberries? They make a smashing combination. Dried cherries and blueberries are other fine partners for carrots; so are fresh apples, pears and kiwi fruit.

Carrots are also good when paired with other crunchy vegetables. Try mixing them with shredded red or green cabbage, sliced water chestnuts, jicama sticks or grated celery root.

As for dressings, if you're watching your fat calories, you'll want to avoid the old-fashioned mayonnaise type. Substitute low-fat mayonnaise mixed with fat-free sour cream. …

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