With Ontario having such a great selection of produce to offer this time of year, I really want to make a point of eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, finding ways to work with them that don’t complicate their flavor. And enjoying them raw always makes me feel like I’m getting the very best out of them, both in flavor and nutrients.
A few weeks ago, we spotted these beautiful Ontario-grown heirloom carrots at Rowe Farms in Leslieville, and I knew right away what I wanted to do with them.
I’ve been experimenting with Moroccan-spiced raw carrot salad over the last year and every time I make it, it comes out great no matter what balance of ingredients I use. I like adding a good amount of heat to it, but you can adjust any of the spices to taste.
I’ve tried cutting the carrots into rounds, grating them into fine shards, slicing them into thin long pieces – it’s really just a matter of what you prefer texture-wise.
The mix of Moroccan spices blends so nicely with the earthiness of the carrots. And with the gorgeous colors of the heirlooms, this salad is both bursting with deliciousness & vibrant color. It’s a really easy side dish to pair with just about any meal, especially during barbeque season…
Approx 8-10 heirloom carrots, varying sizes
1 ½ Tbsp good strong olive oil – I used a bold Portuguese olive oil
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp chili flakes – I used a little more for good heat
Light sprinkling of turmeric
¼ tsp true cinnamon
¼ tsp garlic or onion powder
Wash and peel your carrots – but be careful with the purple ones! They stain just like red beets.
Cut your carrots to suit your mood – I like cutting them into chunky small rounds or half moons.
Throw them into a bowl, add the spices and olive oil and sea salt to taste. Mix well. Let them marinate in the fridge for at least 20-minutes before serving.