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Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley

Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley | thefirstyearblog.com
I made a salad to show you that I don’t just eat donuts and popsicles. See, Mom and Dad.. I do eat vegetables! I’m actually a pretty big fan of vegetables, I just happen to like donuts and popsicles too.

Of course this salad is a bit different, it’s not made of leafy greens and it doesn’t have a dressing. But if you like steamed carrots and onions you’ll enjoy this dish – Ryan and I did!

Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley | thefirstyearblog.com
Ryan, our resident chemist, is heading to Maine for a week long chemistry conference. The conference is at a resort, so I am a tad bit jealous because it sounds like vacation. Plus, Martha Stewart’s ranch is in Maine, so I keep dropping hints that if he runs into her, he should do a little promotion for the blog :)

Having a chemist for a husband has it major perks. For example, when we were shopping for tooth paste this past weekend, it was kind of overwhelming – there’s the cavity protection, the whitening paste, the kind for sensitive teeth. Let’s not forget about the name brand vs the store brand dilemma.

After I’ve walked up and down the aisle 3 times, Ryan picks up 3 different tubes, looks at the ingredients and says “These all have the exact same compounds in them.” Those tooth paste companies can’t pull one over on me anymore!

Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley | thefirstyearblog.com
To reward Ryan for his chemistry prowess (and saving us money!) I whip up delicious things for him. Like Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley. You were probably thinking something along the lines of double chocolate cake.

Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6


  • 1-2 pounds carrots, cut into large pieces
  • 15-20 pearl onions
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • dash of salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley


  1. Peel and chop the carrots into large pieces.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté the carrot pieces in the butter, for 4 minutes. You can cover the pan with a lid and stir occasionally.
  3. Add the pearl onions, and cover until the carrots and onions are soft, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in the salt & pepper, and garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, and add in the fresh chopped parsley.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Carrot Salad with Pearl Onions and Parsley | thefirstyearblog.com
So why no chocolate cake? We’re trying to eat healthy! Like you believe me though since I post a new donut recipe every other week! I eat the carrot salad so I can eat the donuts!

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  1. I love veggie dishes like this! It’s a perfect summer side dish!

  2. I WAS getting a little worried that you were living off donuts and popsicles ;) This salad looks great…love new ways to use carrots!

  3. OH carrots are one of my favorite veggies – very possible you will see me just sitting with a big bowl of carrots. Like the 2 pounders? Ya they don’t stand a chance! I will have to try this one out!

  4. This looks so fresh and good – great for summer!

  5. Pretty pretty! That cracks me up about the toothpaste thing.

    • I can keep you informed about how those toothpaste companies are ripping us off!

  6. Now this is my kind of salad! I much prefer this to the greens :)

    • Very interesting to learn that about you! I hope you get a chance to make it!

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