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Spicy Carrot Salad

Spicy Carrot Salad

“This spicy carrot salad is a wonderful light summer dish because it's vibrant, full of flavor, and has just the right balance between sweet and spicy,” says Beyond Sushi's owner and Executive Chef Guy Vaknin.


  • 3 medium-sized carrots
  • 3 tablespoons Korean pepper paste
  • 2 tablespoons Korean coarse chili flakes
  • 6 ounces rice wine vinegar
  • 1 ounce minced fresh garlic
  • 1 ounce minced fresh ginger
  • 3 ounces pure sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 ounce tamari
  • 2 ounces chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Peel and place carrots in a pot. Cover with water. Bring water to a boil and turn off the flame. You want to semi-cook the carrots so they're still crunchy. Let sit in hot water for 5 minutes and then pull out and let cool. After they’re cooled, cut into 1/4-inch thick, 3-inch long sticks and place aside.
  2. Wisk all ingredients together in a bowl to make sauce to marinate carrots.
  3. Marinate carrot sticks in sauce overnight.
  4. Put inside your favorite sandwich, eat plain, or make great sushi.
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