Old-school carrot-raisin salad gets a long-awaited update. —Emma Laperruque
- Serves 4
extra-virgin olive oil
just-squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
garlic cloves, smashed, peeled, roughly chopped
kosher or flaky salt
pineapple slabs (from about 1/2 average-sized pineapple)
1 1/4 pounds
large avocados, peeled, pitted, and roughly chopped
In This Recipe
- Combine the olive oil, lime juice, and raisins. Leave to soak while you prep the salad.
- Turn on the broiler. Line a rimmed sheet tray with foil. Add the pineapple slabs. Combine the sugar and cayenne in a small bowl, then sprinkle half on top of the pineapple. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, until very charred. Remove from the oven, flip over, and sprinkle the rest of the cayenne sugar on top. Broil for another 5 or so minutes until charred. Cool completely (a freezer helps!), then chop into big chunks.
- Prep the carrots. Use a vegetable peeler to strip the carrots into long ribbons into a big bowl. This will become trickier as you whittle down the vegetable—I like to save the very center for future snacks. Add the cilantro and pineapple to the bowl.
- Finish the dressing. Dump the olive oil, lime juice, and raisins into a food processor, along with the garlic, cumin, and salt. Pulse until a creamy, chunky dressing forms. Season with salt to taste.
- Add about half the dressing and a pinch of salt to the salad. Toss. Add more dressing to taste—you may not use all of it. Add some avocado, give a very gentle toss, then top with the rest. Serve immediately.
Recipe by: Emma Laperruque
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in October 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.