August 11, 2011

Orange Sesame Carrots

Carrots are native to Southwestern Asia, where the greatest diversity of wild carrots are still found, and have been cultivated for thousands of years to increase sweetness and reduce woody bitterness common to wild carrots. Carrots were originally grown for their leaves and seeds, similar to their relatives such as fennel, cumin, dill and parsley. Carotene, metabolized by humans into vitamin A, is responsible for the brilliant orange color of most carrots and can turn skin orange if eaten in massive quantities. Carrots are a great addition to any number of different dishes, but are also delicious as the main ingredient. Orange sesame carrots go well with blue potatoes and stuffed vegetables.

6 medium carrots, trimmed and thinly sliced into rounds

¼ red bell pepper, finely diced

6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

1 orange, juiced

1 clove garlic, pressed or finely chopped

½ tsp ginger, freshly grated

½ tsp toasted sesame oil

salt and pepper

1. Combine carrots, scallions and red bell pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix toasted sesame seeds, orange juice, garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame seed oil. Pour dressing over the carrot mixture and stir to combine.

3. Place salad in the fridge and marinate for at least one hour before serving.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Serves 3-4


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