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Moroccan Carrot Ribbon Salad With & Orange-Tahini Dressing

August 30th, 2017

As much as I’ve tried to expose my kids to adventurous flavors from birth, let’s just say that at this present moment, their tastes veer more towards spaghetti than smoked salmon, and quesadillas will always win out over kale salad. Don’t think for a second that I’m giving up, however – Phoebe and Henry still get a diverse plate of whatever Adam and I are eating every night with our unending pleas of “Try it! You might love it!” One of my friends introduced me to the idea of having an “anytime” bowl in the fridge, full of crunchy fruits and vegetables that your kids are welcome to choose from any time they’re still hungry (for example, when I make curried cauliflower.) The one food that my kids will always munch on any time of day or night is raw carrots, so our bowl is always overflowing with them – which inspired this carrot ribbon salad that I whipped up one recent weeknight when I was overdue for a trip to the grocery and my fridge contained little else.

photos by Kristen Kilpatrick

Carrot Ribbon Salad With Golden Raisins, Feta, & Orange-Tahini Dressing

carrot salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 8-10 large carrots
  • (I love to use multicolored, but any will do)
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • handful of nuts and/or seeds
  • (I like a mix of walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, & hemp seeds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs, like cilantro and mint, roughly chopped (plus more for garnishing)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • coarse sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

orange-tahini dressing:

  • zest and juice of 1 orange (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tahini mixed with 1 tbsp very hot water until smooth
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Fill a cup with very hot water and soak the golden raisins for at least 5 minutes. Drain, then set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath in a large bowl. Using a sharp vegetable peeler, shave the carrots into long wide ribbons. Plunge into the ice water bath until ready to use, for at least 10 minutes, and up to an hour.
  3. Make dressing by combining all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  4. If your nuts and seeds are raw, place them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, just until they start to smell toasty. Remove and let cool.
  5. When ready to assemble salad, dry carrot ribbons well, then add to a serving bowl with radish slices, golden raisins, nuts, seeds, and herbs. Toss with a little dressing until everything is lightly coated, then add crumbled feta, drizzle with a little more dressing, and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and more fresh herbs for garnish. Eat!

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2 Comments under :: Moroccan Carrot Ribbon Salad With & Orange-Tahini Dressing
  1. Annabelle says:

    Hmmm sounds yum!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

  2. Maddison says:

    I enjoy a carrot/feta salad, as I’ve made similar recipes before. I especially enjoy tahini dressing. However, the addition of orange in this recipe left something to be desired. This is likely a personal preference, but I always love that citrus zip that most tahini dressings provide. Instead the orange juice was overly sweet and the zest left an overly bitter after taste. I loved the rest of the recipe, so I may use my go-to lemon dressing next time.

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