Indy Power's Sesame treat
Try this divinely simple yet delicious salad that goes with everything.
Sesame carrot salad
This is one of those great, 'goes with everything', always delicious salads that's easy to to throw together and completely foolproof.
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Serves 6. Gluten-free & vegan
For the salad
30g sesame seeds
3 spring onions
For the dressing
20ml maple syrup
45ml balsamic vinegar
1. Peel the carrots and grate them into shreds. Add them to a large bowl. A food processor with a grater attachment will save you time here, if you have one.
2. Roughly chop the raisins and add them to the bowl.
3. Toast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium heat until popping and golden, then set them aside.
4. Slice the spring onions.
5. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until smooth.
6. Drizzle the dressing over the carrots and toss well.
7. Sprinkle the mixture over the sesame seeds and spring onions, and serve.
Tips for the tops
I’m a sucker for a pretty bunch of carrots with their green tops still intact — I just love how they look. If you’re trying to combat food waste, then definitely experiment with carrot tops next time. A little bit bitter - in a good way - they taste somewhere between parsley and, you guessed it, carrot. Use them like herbs as a garnish or chopped up more generously in salads, and they make a great addition to vegetable stock because they have so much flavour. You’ll hardly notice them in pesto so they’re ideal for adding with basil to bulk it up.
I know raisins are not everybody’s cup of tea in savoury dishes but they add so much texture and gorgeous sweetness to this recipe and really enhance it so don’t leave them out. Trust me!
I use my food processor all the time and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is to recommend a good one. I’m always a bit hesitant because I’ve only really used one, so I can’t compare brands. But that must be a testament to the reliability, versatility and durability of my trusty Kenwood Multipro.
It’s never failed me and stood the test of time, with hundreds of batches of energy balls and falafel under its belt. The models are constantly updated so I’m not sure if my exact one is still available, but it came with lots of blades, graters and slicers, it was mid-price range and I’ve never needed another.