While sitting by the pool this afternoon, I dozed off while conjuring up carrot recipes. Sometime during that nap, the carrots met up with fennel, cumin, coriander, and mustard seed creating this delicious and refreshing salad. – melissav
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon preserved lemon (about 1/4-1/2 lemon), pulp discarded, minced
3 carrots, washed and peeled
1/2 fennel bulb
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 small handful cilantro leaves
1 small handful fennel fronds
Step 1Heat the olive oil in small saute pan over medium low heat. Add the cumin, coriander, and mustard seed and heat until the seeds begin to pop. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, add the preserved lemon and set aside.
Step 2Meanwhile, prepare the carrot and fennel. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots into long tangles. Place into a bowl. Slice the fennel on a mandoline as thinly as possible. Add to the bowl.
Step 3Finish the dressing by whisking the sherry vinegar into the pan with the oil and seeds and seasoning with salt.
Step 4Toss the dressing with the carrots and fennel, staring with 3/4 of the dressing and adding the rest as necessary. How much you need will really depend on the size of your carrots and fennel. Taste for salt and adjust as necessary.
Step 5You can either toss in the cilantro leaves and fennel fronds and serve or plate individually and top each portion with the cilantro leaves and fennel fronds.