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Tunisian carrot salad

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014

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This dish is a classic Tunisian salad. This salad can be served on its own, or is fantastic with fish or a grilled steak.

Tunisian carrot salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 large carrots, peeled
  • olive oil, to coat and to finish
  • ½ cup (125 g) Kalamata olives, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 1 ½ Tbsp (25 g) coriander seeds, toasted
  • 1 ¼ Tbsp (20 g) cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 ¼ Tbsp (20 g) caraway seeds, toasted
  • 2 red bird’s eye chilies, finely sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves picked, divided
  • 1 batch Harissa Dressing (recipe follows)
  • kosher salt, to finish

Harissa dressing

  • 5 Tbsp (75 mL) Harissa (see below)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) white vinegar
  •  ½ cup (125 mL) canola oil (approx)
  • kosher salt, to taste

Harissa

  • 4 medium red bell peppers
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) whole cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) whole coriander seeds
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 20 long red bird’s eye chilies, seeds removed
  • 20 long red bird’s eye chilies (whole)
  •  ½ cup (125 mL) grapeseed oil
  • kosher salt, to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  2. Cut carrots in half crosswise and then quarter each half, lengthwise. Using a knife, carefully cut the core from each section of carrot. Set core aside for stocks, soups, or feeding to the chooks.
  3. Coat carrots in olive oil and spread carrot batons evenly on a baking sheet. Place in oven, and roast for 15-minute intervals, tossing carrots gently in between, for up to approximately 45 minutes or until tender. Remove carrots from oven and let carrots cool on baking sheet to room temperature.
  4. In a bowl, combine carrots, olives, toasted seeds, chilies and ¾ of the cilantro leaves. Dress liberally with Harrisa Dressing, tossing to coat evenly. Season to taste with salt.
  5. To serve, stack salad so carrots are in a wood stack formation on large flat serving plate. Garnish with remaining cilantro leaves, and lightly dress with olive oil. Serve immediately.

Harissa dressing

  1. In a blender, combine Harissa, garlic and vinegar. Purée until smooth. Transfer mixture into a bowl. Gently whisk in canola oil to combine. Be careful not to fully emulsify dressing.
  2. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  3. Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

Harissa

  1. Over a naked flame, blister the red bell peppers until skin is completely blackened. Place blistered peppers in a bowl and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Set aside and allow peppers to steam while cooling. When peppers have cooled, remove skin and seeds and set peppers aside at room temperature.
  2. In a dry pan, toast cumin and coriander seeds, tossing continually, for approximately 3 minutes over high heat or until aromatic. Remove seeds from pan and set aside at room temperature to cool.
  3. In a spice grinder, finely grind cooled toasted cumin and coriander seeds. Tip: Do not grind while hot as spice will burn.
  4. In a food processor, combine garlic cloves, chilies and ground spices. Process on high until smooth. Add bell pepper flesh and pulse until smooth. Note: Over-puréeing the mixture will turn its colour to orange rather than a desired deep red.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl, and add 115 mL of grapeseed oil. Gently stir to combine. Season mixture to taste with kosher salt, and transfer to an airtight container. Seal the surface of the harissa with 10 mL of grapeseed oil and cover with a lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  6. Makes about 2 ¼ cups (565 mL)

Courtesy Chef Adam Hynam-Smith, author, Curbside: Modern street food from a vagabond chef (November 2014–Whitecap Books)

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Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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Created and inspired by professional chef Mark McEwan for Sun Life Financial – as part of the company’s commitment to help with the prevention and management of diabetes, this recipe demonstrates that healthy meals can be easy and full of flavour.

A combination of sweet and savoury, it’s a carrot and chicken recipe loaded with crunchy bites and topped with a kick of horseradish dressing. Packed with protein and heart-healthy veggies, this salad is sure to provide you with a boost of energy.

Sun-roasted carrot and chicken salad

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 30 minutes 

Portions: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Dressing 

  • 1 tbsp juice of lemon
  • 75 ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • Pinch of salt 1/4 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients and slowly stream into the oil while whisking.

Carrot Salad

  • 500 g carrots
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 ml avocado, sliced
  • 2 green onions
  • 12 sprigs coriander (cilantro)
  • 50 ml celery hearts

Chicken breast

  • 450 gr chicken breast
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste

Whisk mustard, oil and seasoning in a bowl to make marinade. Coat chicken and grill. Slice when slightly cooled.

Method:

  1. Toss carrots in olive oil and salt and roast at 375F until tender (should still have a “bite” to them).
  2. Place carrots and avocado on the plate and drizzle with 2 tsp of the dressing.
  3. Place sliced chicken breast on the carrots and avocado and top with green onion, coriander sprigs and celery hearts.
  4. Drizzle on additional dressing as garnish.

Courtesy Chef Mark McEwan, @Chef_MarkMcEwan

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Carrot and squash soup

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

Carrot and squash soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh carrot juice, room temp.  (Best if you have a juicer and can make your own.)
  • 1/2 butternut squash, meat only, no skin, cubed (about 2 C)
  • 1/2 -2 very ripe avocados
  • 4 green onions OR 1 medium-sized leek washed very well, chopped
  • 3 tbsp hempseed or hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp raw pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Method:

  1. To blender, add juice, squash, onions and pine nuts.  Blend on HIGH for 30 seconds, and then bringing down to medium speed for about 2 more minutes.  Your aim is to puree it well, but to also slightly warm the soup.
  2. Once you are happy with the consistency, add the avocado, oil, cumin, ginger and a pinch of sea salt and pepper (to taste.)  Run on low to medium for another 30 – 60 seconds.
  3. Top each serving with 1 tbsp hempseeds.

Courtesy Meg Pearson,
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