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Overhead view on a few halved bagels topped with vegan cream cheese and garnished with a vegan carrot lox, red onion and capers.

Vegan Carrot Lox

Vegan carrot lox is a tasty plant-based alternative to traditional lox. Made with strips of carrots marinated in a tangy, salty and smoky delicious sauce. Perfect over bagels, in sandwiches, salads and so much more. Include it as part of a brunch and great to meal-prep ahead.
Prep Time15 mins
Minimal marinating time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 large thick carrots
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce - or tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup - or 1 ½ tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill - roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke - or ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ sheet of nori - crumbled

Instructions
 

  • Bring a medium pot of water to boil.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke and fresh dill. Then, using your hands, crumble the half sheet of nori over and stir. Set aside.
  • Peel the carrots and discard their skins.
  • Then, keep peeling the carrots to create long ribbons. You can apply a gentle pressure on the peeler while peeling to ensure the layers are slightly thicker.
  • Blanch the ribbons of carrot for about 1-2 minutes in the boiling water. Then remove from the water (I like to use tongs), gently pat dry them using a towel and transfer in the bowl with the marinade while they are still warm. Cover and transfer to the fridge to let them sit. They can be enjoyed after marinating for 30 minutes, but best after at least 12 hours.
  • When ready to eat, simply take the ribbons that you need leaving the remaining ribbons in the marinade. Enjoy over bagel with vegan cream cheese or over salads and in sandwiches.

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Notes

  • Store in the fridge in a covered container for up to 4 days. Stir the carrots once in a while.
  • Make sure not to over cook the carrots. You want to tenderize their texture, but avoid mushy or too soft carrots.
  • You could slice the carrots using a knife, but be sure to create layer as thin as you can and you might want to boil them for 1-2 extra minutes if they are a little thicker.
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