A wonderfully fresh dish easily made with woodsy winter carrots or the more delicate ones in spring. The roasted chickpeas add body for a full meal with bigger servings (great desk lunch!) Lots of possible substitutions here - use whatever herbs, nuts or greens you have or prefer. The dates here are excellent and play with the natural sweetness of very well.
This makes a big batch to be eaten by a crowd (it's always gone first!) or over the course of a few meals. Half this if you're worried about finishing.
Inspired by the Marrakesh Carrot Salad in Bowl + Spoon from Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen —chocolatea
- Serves 8
1 1/2-2 cups
lemons, juiced (1/2 cup juice) and zested (3 tablespoons zest)
apple cider vinegar
dates, chopped (about 10-12, depending on size)
carrots, grated (8 cups)
parsley, chopped roughly (1 1/2 cups)
scallions, greens and whites, sliced (1 cup)
almonds, toasted and chopped
red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss chickpeas with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper on rimmed baking sheet. Roast chickpeas for 30-40minutes, until crispy and slightly charred.
- While chickpeas are roasted, prepare other ingredients. Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, remaining oil, salt, red pepper and black pepper in small bowl.
- Soak dates in 1 1/2 cup boiling water for about ten minutes (while prepping veggies). Drain.
- Toss carrots, parsly, scallions and arugula in a large bowl. Add almonds, dates, roasted chickpeas and dressing. Toss and taste for seasoning. Let sit for about 10 minutes and eat.
- This can easily sit for a few hours (or days) before eating, although arugula will wilt slightly. If this is a concern, wait and toss it in at the last minute.