Give yourself a healthy boost of energy by incorporating vegetarian dishes like this Rainbow of Carrots Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette into your diet. Crisp and sweet carrots are an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals which help to keep your digestive system healthy, eyes bright and skin radiant. They come in a variety of colors, from the classic deep orange to purple, pink, red, white and yellow. In this salad, a sweet and spicy roasted bell pepper vinaigrette blends with the crunchy carrot ribbons, tender fava beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and paper-thin radishes in this superbly refreshing and health-giving salad. Slice, dice, dress and enjoy! —Svitlana Flom
medium size multicolored carrots, peeled
radishes, thinly sliced
cherry tomatoes, cut in half
fava beans or edamame, peeled
chives, finely choppe
jarred roasted red bell peppers, drained
garlic clove, minced
extra-virgin olive oil (fruity, not peppery)
Carrots: Using a vegetable peeler, shave the carrots lengthwise into a bowl. Set aside.
Fava beans: Blanch the beans for 1 minute then plunge them into ice water. Once cool enough to handle, using your thumbs release the beans from pale skin that surrounds the beans. Set aside.
Make the dressing: Roughly chop roasted bell peppers. In a food processor, combine bell peppers, parsley, garlic and honey. Whiz to combine, while the processor is still running, pour in olive oil slowly, until well emulsified. Season with salt, pepper, coriander and a pinch of cayenne.
Make the salad: In a bowl, combine shaved carrots, radishes, and fava beans. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the dressing and mix until the vegetables are well coated. Adjust the seasoning if needed, sprinkle with chives and serve.