This salad takes inspiration from China, Iran’s Silk Road trading partner, and the source of many Persian ingredients, including sesame seeds. You’ll find similar salads in places like Uzbekistan, where the cuisines of Iran and China intermingle in delicious ways. I love using this salad as a topping for sandwiches like the Sweet and Smoky Beet Burgers, or for falafel, banh mi, or even a simple tuna sandwich. It makes a fresh, crunchy counterpoint to richer foods, so you could serve this with the Lamb Kebabs and the Sweet Rice for a beautifully balanced meal.
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If you don’t want to bother peeling your carrots into long, graceful ribbons, use a mandoline to cut them into matchsticks or simply grate them in a food processor. Marinate the salad for a few hours before serving to let the nutty toasted sesame oil infuse the carrots.
I love how food connects us with different times, places, the environment, and each other. I'm the author of two cookbooks: The New Persian Kitchen, and Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life. Magpie Cookshop is my sustainable kitchen goods company.