Tonya’s Special Crawlspace Secret Salad

Crawlspace Secret Salad

Crawlspace Secret Salad

Why a guy with a Naval Academy education would build a business that required him to creep on in his belly in crawlspaces is beyond me. It’s damp and dark, and the spiders, snakes and rodents really worry me. When something bites him I’ve got to hear him whine until it heals.  Men are such babies!

 Since Wally’s not going to stop being a belly crawler anytime soon, I decided to give him an edge over the animals in the crawlspace with my “Special Crawlspace Secret Salad”.

 The carrots improve night vision so he can see what lurks in the dark, the cilantro effervesces from the pores of skin to stave off spiders and the red onion on his breath repels rodents.

 The secret to not being offended by his onion breadth is enjoying the same salad with him. We learned a while back that as long as we eat the same funky foods, exotic breadth was not a problem!



Salt & Ground pepper to taste                            ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro

2lbs Carrots, sliced thinly                                    ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced

3tb extra-virgin olive oil                                       ½ small sweet Vidalia onions

2tb lemon juice                                                      ½ red pepper

½ tsp Honey                                                           Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp finely grated ginger (can use ½ tsp of dried instead)

½ cup roughly chopped roasted, salted almonds (optional)


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add carrots and cook until just tender, about two minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together oil, lemon juice, ginger, honey and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. When carrots are done, drain and transfer to bowl with dressing. Gently toss cilantro, red peppers, and onions into carrots. Garnish with almonds and serve warm or at room temperature.