Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Toasted Sesame Carrot and Goat Cheese Salad
Tonight's dinner was decidedly orange. It wasn't planned that way but more ended up that way out of necessity. We are tee minus 10 days from leaving for holiday so I am trying to buy as little groceries as possible and use up as many perishables as I can invent into a meal.
Last weekends trip to the farmers market scored up 4 big bundles of organic carrots for next to nothing (I think it was $1 a bunch) I have been slowly using them, (a couple in a salad here, a couple of chicken stock there) but when I pulled out what was left of them today, approx 3 bunches, they were starting to look a little sad. Unless I used them up tonight their only option was going to be soup - not a bad option but I don't like being limited to what I have to make out of something instead of what I feel like making. Being thrown in the compost isn't an option around here.
I went through a few of my favourite cookbooks, looking up 'carrot'.....there were a few ideas but the only one that caught my eye was a carrot salad....I had forgotten that I like carrot salads and I haven't had one in a long time. The usual suspect is a mayonnaisey goop with raisins which I don't recommend, not only because it's gross but it's added lack of non-nutritious ingredients treats the carrot like something we're suppose to be tolerat'n instead of celebrate'n .....without even looking at the recipe in the book, for I feared I was probably missing a major ingredient, I knew what I was going to do
My Carrot Salad
6 medium size carrots, peeled and grated
1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
1/8 cup sesame seeds, toasted
a knob of goat cheese (amount depends on your preference)
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1-2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
squeeze of lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. The kids liked it. To cover all our orange food groups we ate this with grilled salmon and sweet potato fries.....strange combo I know but we really are trying to clean out the fridge and pantry in the best way we know how.....eating it.