A summer salad, tossed with a tangy orange dressing, Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad is delicious served for brunch, or to enjoy as a light lunch!

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

Happy May Day! May is one of my favorite months of the year. There’s just something about new life, flowers, planting herbs and gardens, the longer days, sunshine, and literally a spring in my step. All so lovely, in so many ways.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite salads, Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad, with fresh garden ribboned carrots, and prunes. Who would have thought prunes would be so tasty, combined with cumin, and fresh parsley?

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

Just take a potato peeler to ribbon the carrots!

Make your own orange juice marinade, it’s so light and fresh!

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

It’s truly an elegant, spring or summer salad, delicious served on the side of any brunch (Mother’s Day is right around the corner), or to enjoy for a light lunch!

Paper Napkins!

Oh, and if you happen to find some springy paper napkins, then you’ll be my best friend!

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

My daughter, Abby, knows that I have a weakness for cute napkins, and that we will never, ever run out. Never, did you hear me say? She teases me that I need to “stop.buying.them.” I really have now! I remember buying these a few years ago at Paddington Station in Ashland, Oregon.

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

Days like today, sunny and warm, remind me of all the outdoor entertaining we did at our old house.

It’s different here in our mountain home. Different is good. Different is sometimes challenging, as you grow, you expand your borders, you open your arms wider to new relationships. This has all been very good for me!

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

I’ll end today with one of my favorite author’s quotes:

“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life rather than a single decision.”― Bob Goff, Love Does

It’s all about a mindset.

How’s your attitude? What are your talents? It’s a new month, a new day! Different is good, new is good, adventures and saying yes to new things. Inviting new people into your home!

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

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Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad


  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed is best
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 8 pitted prunes, chopped (I buy at Costco)
  • 4-6 orange carrots, peeled and ribboned (with a peeler)
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds, roasted and roughly crushed


  • For the dressing, in a small pan over moderate heat, stir the sugar until a dark caramelization takes place. Remove pan from heat and carefully add fresh squeezed orange and lime juice.
  • Return pan to heat, stirring until you get a light brown, thick syrup. Stir for a few minutes; remove from heat. Mix in cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Prepare the salad by steaming the carrots for 1 minute. Blanch (cool in fresh ice water) immediately. Blanching allows the color to remain very bright. Using a potato peeler, peel the carrots into long ribbons.
  • Cut prunes into small pieces. Place the ribboned carrots, prunes, parsley, and cumin seeds in a large bowl or platter and pour the dressing on top. Toss to coat.
  • Salad is best chilled; serve!
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More brunch or lunch recipes: Blueberry Fennel Puff Pastry Tart [RE], Stone Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing [Barefeet in the Kitchen], Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe [Two Peas and Their Pod], Shallot Roasted Red Pepper Mini Egg Omelets [RE].

Carrot Prune Fresh Parsley Ribbon Salad

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