Amanda & Merrill

Serious Eats: Carrot Salad with Avocado

November  9, 2011

Roasted Carrot Salad

- Merrill

Today, I bring you another recipe from Serious Eats, which this past week proved an indispensable resource for Amanda and me as we made our way up the West Coast on our own book tour (one of the highlights: The Crumpet Shop in Seattle). Last week, Amanda extolled the virtues of the cubano mixto, but this time we're going highbrow, with ABC Kitchen's transcendent roasted carrot and avocado salad. We loved the technique of roasting some of the citrus before adding it to the tart-sweet dressing, and the smattering of crunchy sunflower and sesame seeds against a backdrop of sweet, yielding carrot and silky avocado, makes for a textural combination that keeps you coming back for another bite.

Carrot Salad with Avocado

Adapted from Serious Eats by Ed Levine; recipe from ABC Kitchen in New York City

Serves 4

  • 2 pounds small carrots (3 to 4 inches, ½ inch thick), or large carrots quartered and cut into 3-inch segments, peeled (about 4 cups)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 avocado, cut into 12 wedges
  • 2 cups mixed baby sprouts, herbs, and microgreens
  • 4 tablespoons crème fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

 

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21 Comments

There'sAlwaysPie January 9, 2012
I made this last week - absolutely delicious!
 
mollysmenu November 17, 2011
This recipe is also in a Jaime Oliver cookbook, so I am curious which chef actually created it!
 
pnavarro November 14, 2011
I made this salad this weekend - so delicious! I didn't have creme fraiche, but had some mild goat cheese that I crumbled on top. All the ingredients come together so perfectly. I will definitely make again.
 
saladpride November 13, 2011
gorgeous salad! <br />:D
 
denverdawn November 13, 2011
I'm thinkin' Thanksgiving (minus the creme fraiche) for the vegans in the crowd!
 
Author Comment
Merrill S. November 10, 2011
My mistake! I must have pumpkin seeds on the brain...
 
jenniebgood November 10, 2011
This looks fantastic; cream (or "creme"), crunch, carrots, citrus - yum!
 
ATG117 November 9, 2011
This is one of my favorite salads and one of the reasons I adore ABC Kitchen. I never realized Seriouseats had the recipe, but boy am I thrilled to now have it in my arsenal. Thanks!
 
ATG117 November 9, 2011
This is one of my favorite salads and one of the reasons I adore ABC Kitchen. I never realized Seriouseats had the recipe, but boy am I thrilled to now have it in my arsenal. Thanks!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas." So I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas," so I don't think it was all in your head!
 
shoopee November 9, 2011
Probably because the headnotes describe "the smattering of crunchy pepitas," so I don't think it was all in your head!
 
Elycooks November 9, 2011
Duh. I thought the recipe called for pepitas. What was I thinking?
 
Elycooks November 9, 2011
Beautiful. Avocado in, on, or under anthing always grabs me. I've had a problem with buying pepitas and having them be rancid or turn very quickly. Any thoughts on that?
 
ethelmarina November 9, 2011
AMAZING SALAD!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING...