Monday, December 17, 2012

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Using carrots as the star of the show, this is a fresh take on a regular salad.  This delicious tender-crisp salad is packed full of Moroccan flavors and colors.  I made this for Thanksgiving day and it was a hit.  The best part is that you can make it up to 2 days in advance, without the pistachios or the cilantro, and then throw the rest of it together right before serving.  It also makes great leftovers.  Fun for adults and kids alike, I think everyone will enjoy a bowlful of this on the table.  Try it and let me know what you think!

A bright colorful salad.  Perfect for the holidays or family dinners at home.
2lb baby carrots, cut in half
1/2c craisins
3tbs fresh lemon juice
2tbs orange juice
1 cloves garlic, mashed (or use a bit of garlic powder instead)
1/2tsp cumin
1/2tsp paprika
1/2tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp cayenne
3tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/3c chopped cilantro
1/2c roasted and salted pistachios, shelled

1. In a large saucepan, boil water.  Then add carrots and boil until crisp-tender, or about 5 minutes.  Add craisins during the last few minutes of cooking.  Drain and rinse.
2. In a bowl, mix together lemon juice, orange juice, garlic paste, cinnamon, paprika, and cayenne.  Season with salt and pepper then slowly whisk in olive oil.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Can be kept in the fridge a few days ahead.
3. Toss salad with cilantro and pistachios just before serving.

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