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Fall Carrot and Apple Salad for Your G-free Thanksgiving

Every year at thanksgiving you have your family favourites, but it’s nice to try something new. Try serving this fall carrot and apple salad at your gluten-free thanksgiving. This salad is the color of the changing trees and filled with seasonal favorites.

When your celiac any family holiday can be hard to explain gluten-free and cross contamination. Thanksgiving though is taunting with images of gluten stuffed birds, gravies, pies and all the other gluten loving favorites.

What to do when the people cooking Thanksgiving dinner are not gluten-free.

  • Give the cook an ingredient dictionary fro the CCA.
  • Call them well before the cooking days to tell them what to look for when shopping of offer to join them.
  • Offer to assist in the kitchen while they cook.
  • Bring a dish you make yourself. This way your guaranteed something you can eat.
  • Ask the host to allow the Celiac or Gluten intolerant to be served first to minimize CC
  • Have a GF butter dish, condiments in squeeze tubes so dirty knives don’t double dip.
  • I often bring an individual dessert so I don’t sit empty handed while others enjoy the sweets

Bring an awesome side that can stand up as a meal on its own if it has to. I am lucky my mother is super cautious and starts the meal explaining what is gluten and what is not and directions on how to serve things with there utensils and minimize CC. She is often overwhelmed monitoring the safety of the serving eyeing each person as they grab a dish and serve it up to not contaminate it. If you are not so lucky bring along my perfectly themed side.  Serve Fall Carrot and Apple Salad at your Gluten-free Thanksgiving. It is packed full of yummy seasonal ingredients that will match the decor and the beautiful views outside. I found these adorable baby carrots at the farmers market and immediately knew I had to make a fall salad with them.

GFREEWIFEY’S Fall Carrot and Apple Salad

What you need …

  • A bunch a baby carrots (steamed to your taste)
  • A red pepper
  • An apple
  • A handful of dried cranberries
  • A bunch pf fresh parsley chopped
  • (you could add red onion but don’t like raw onion)
  • GFW home made french dressing

What to do…

  • I blanched the baby carrots the night before when I was cooking dinner, so that I could just whip the salad together quick time. Trim carrots add to pot add some water and steam to desired tenderness then dump em in an ice bath to stop the cooking. ( I like my carrots still to have a firmness)
  • Chop the apple, pepper, parsley
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add dressing to taste



To make the dressing …

You need…

  • A couple garlic cloves
  • 2/3 Cup of oil ( I used EVOO)
  • 1/4 Cup vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBS GLUTENFREE Worcestershire sauce (I made this one from Every Day Gluten-free Gourmet)
  • 3 TBS honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp both garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do…

Mix all ingredients together with a hand blender for best consistency.

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