Louisa Shafia's Vinegar Carrots with Toasted Sesame Seeds

June 20, 2013

This week, Louisa Shafia is serving as a Guest Editor at Food52. She chose a Wildcard winner, answered your questions on the Hotline, and is continuing to share recipes from her new book, The New Persian Kitchen -- because your kitchen deserves a taste of the exotic every once in a while.

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. 

Vinegar Carrots with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Serves 4

1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Sea Salt
1 1/2 pounds carrots, cut lengthwise into thin ribbons
1 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro

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

Photo by Sara Remington 

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  • Louisa Shafia
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  • Mark Seamon
    Mark Seamon
My cookbook The New Persian Kitchen is a winner of Food52's Piglet award. I love cooking Iranian rice and hearing people crunch on the crispy tahdig from the bottom of the pot. I'm passionate about sharing the ingredients and techniques for making Persian food in my writing, cooking classes, and online store, Feast By Louisa where you can find my Persian Spice Set, Tahdig Kit, and other goodies.


Louisa S. June 20, 2013
Hey there Mark, thanks so much, hope all is well!
Mark S. June 20, 2013
Hi Louisa! Congratulations on the guest editing. This is a great site. Just came upon it. Mark @ Love Shine