Spicy Carrot Dressing & Marinade
Who knew that carrot could star are the base of a delish salad dressing!? I was introduced to Core Life Eatery in the midwest and was immediately HOOKED on their carrot vinegerette salad dressing. My cousin later introduced me to Sweet Greens and I tried their spicy carrot dressing, and I just KNEW I needed to find a recipe that I could easily recreate at home, so I played around with different spice levels and landed on a delicious spicy carrot Sriracha dressing which can also be used as a delicious marinade.
Spicy Carrot Dressing
We all know that vegetables are good for you, but sometimes they need a little more pizzazz, and topping them with this carrot dressing does the trick. This carrot dressing with the perfect hint of spice, will add the perfect amount of zing to your salad.
It tastes amazing on everything from carrots or cucumbers, to broccoli or cauliflower. It also works great as a marinade on chicken.
How To Make Spicy Carrot Dressing
This Sricha carrot dressing comes together quickly with a few ingredients, many of which you may already have on hand. It is a delicate mixture of olive oil, seasoning, and carrot juice that produces an almost velvety taste with the perfect amount of heat.
Carrot juice– Although you can easily make your own carrot juice, the recipe has a much better flavor using store bought 100% carrot juice. Why? I have no idea, but I’ve tried a million times and always came back to the flavor being exceptional when using the store bought carrot juice. I like this kind.
White Wine Vinegar– Adds the acidity the dressing needs. Don’t have it on hand, no problem! Rice vinegar in equal ratios is the perfect substitution for white wine vinegar.
Agave- Agave gives the dressing a nice sweetness, without the table sugar. Make no mistake though, agave still contains sugar.
Sriracha- If you hit the store you will notice that a specific brand dominates the shelves. I recently noticed that many sricha’s contain sulfites which many people have a hard time processing (or can lead to unnecessary headaches) I love this brand siracha, all the flavor and no sulfites.
Garlic– No one has time to peel garlic! I love buying the skinless garlic from Aldi to save time. More and more grocery stores are offering this option as well.
Olive Oil– Not all olive oils are created the same! This dressing works best with extra virgin olive oil.
Healthier Salad Dressing?
Is this carrot sriracha dressing, healthy? The good news is that all of the ingredients are “natural” ingredients, but it does still contain sugars, and healthy fats.
I wouldn’t necessarily guzzle the dressing down, however, carrots pack a huge nutritional punch.
Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene. We’ve all heard the age old tale (which is true) that carrots help us see better, but did you know that it also helps capture all those free radicals roaming around our bodies?
Carrots are also loaded with vitamin A, biotin (which helps keep your hair healthy and from falling out), vitamin k and more.
According to this article, carrots may also reduce your risk of cancer and lower your blood cholesterol.
How Spicy is Spicy?
It’s not that spicy! The siracha definitely adds a kick, but not too much. There is an option step to add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the mix, but if spice just isn’t your thing, then omit that completely.
Spicy Carrot Dressing
Velvety spicy carrot dressing is made with just a few ingredients, and can be used as a salad dressing or marinade.
- 1/2 cup carrot juice
- 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons agave
- 1 1/4tablespoons sriracha
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2cup plus 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well.
- Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to one week.