It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love carrots, from your children to their adorable pet rabbit. If you’re accustomed to munching on this veggie straight from your organic vegetable garden, it may be time to experiment with different ways to prepare it. Sure, carrots are sweet and delicious on their own, but their flavor profile also makes them easy to incorporate into recipes. Especially during the warmer months, vegetable gardening is a great way to grow the fresh vegetables and herbs you need to make fresh summer salads. For a new twist on this old favorite, try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Evolution Carrot Salad. It’ll allow you to use the carrots, herbs and clementines growing outside in your garden.
You’ll need these ingredients:
4 large carrots, peeled and thinly chopped
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 small clementines, peeled
4 sprigs of fresh mint, finely chopped
4 sprigs of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
4 fresh chives, finely copped
½ lemon, juiced
A handful of seeds of your choice – sunflower, pumpkin and/or poppy
Black pepper, freshly ground
Crispy flatbread, crackers or pappadams
Then you’ll follow these steps:
1. After cutting the carrots, place them in a bowl with the chopped herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix to incorporate.
2. Pour in the olive oil and the juice of half a lemon and toss again to coat the carrots.
3. Heat a frying pan to toast the seeds. Stir them constantly so they don’t burn – the toasting process should take about a minute. When they’re done, sprinkle the seeds over the salad.
4. Cut the peeled clementines into thick slices and place them into the bowl with the carrots and herbs. Toss gently until the seeds and clementines are evenly distributed.
5. Break your flatbread, crackers or pappadams into small pieces and sprinkle over the salad. Plate immediately and enjoy! This recipe will yield six servings of salad.
Carrots are healthy, too!
This bright orange vegetable is both easy to grow in your organic vegetable garden and highly nutritious. Carrots are chock full of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and K, as well as biotin, thiamine, potassium and fiber. Together, these nutrients can have anti-aging properties, enhance skin health, help improve vision and prevent many diseases.