Modern Raw Carrot Salad

Ingredients

2 cups thinly sliced carrots
1½ cups fresh orange segments (about 3 oranges)
1/2 cup dried black currants (or raisins or quartered dates)
½ cup green onion, thinly sliced on the diagonal
⅓ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley or mint or cilantro
zest and juice of 1 large orange
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt to taste
½ cup toasted almond slivers (optional)

Instructions

1. Place the orange juice, rice vinegar, lemon zest, cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes in a bowl and whisk together
2. Add the carrots, orange segments, dates, green onion, chopped parsley, and toss to combine.
3. Add salt to taste.
4. Refrigerate to chill.
5. Just before serving toss in the toasted almonds.

This salad can be made 2 or 3 days in advance and brought to your family picnic or event. It had no mayonnaise or egg products so it is safer to bring on those hot summer days and it is so tasty too!

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Sweet Potato Salad – Spicy Version

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INGREDIENTS
sweet-potato-ingredients21 large to 2 small (about 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes)
1 medium size red pepper
1/4 cup sherry or red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium apple (any sweet organic is good)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves chopped or 1/4 cup dried mint
1 or 2 minced jalapeno peppers
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins(optional)

DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat oven to 400F and roast as per previous recipe or alternatively steam the potatoes.
2) While the potatoes are cooking, put in blender the remaining 6 tablespoons of olive oil with the vinegar, red bell pepper, cumin and the orange zest if you are using. Sprinkle with the salt.
3) Add the apple, scallion, mint, jalapeno and raisins
to the warm potatoes and gently toss.
4) Add most of the dressing and toss. Add more dressing if you need it. Taste for seasoning.
5) Serve at room temperature or refrigerate for the next day.
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