Organic Carrot Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas & Kefir Dressing

I just discovered today that the British organic carrot has been named as the millennial’s must-have! It’s largely to do with the fact that the organic market is booming. Organic sales topped £2.2bn in its sixth consecutive year of growth, according to Soil Association’s recently launched 2018 Organic Market Report.

Choosing organic means choosing food as it should be. Whatever you’re buying, when you choose organic, you choose products that have been produced to the highest standards. Soil Association Certification certify over 70% of organic food in the UK. Organic always means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, some of the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients.

If you’re interested in lcoal produce you might also like to read an article that I wrote for The Lady magazine recently, Eat The Seasons.

Incorporate organic, local produce into your everyday, with this recipe.

Crushed Carrot Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas & Kefir Dressing

Crushed carrot salad with crispy spiced chickpeas and kefir dressing

Serves 2, prep 15 mins, cook 25 mins

 

Ingredients

40g flaked almonds

1 tin chickpeas

Light olive oil

800g carrots

1 lemon

½ red onion

15g mint

30g parsley

1 garlic clove

50g watercress

1 tsp Dijon mustard

70ml kefir

2 tsp honey

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp smoked paprika

 

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Toast the almonds on a roasting tray for 2-3 minutes until lightly golden in colour. Be careful not to burn them. Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas and rinse under cold water. Tip them into the clean tea towel and pat them as dry as you can.

Remove the almonds, throw them with a dash of oil and a pinch of salt. Keep to one side. Place the chickpeas in the roasting tray with 2 tablespoons of oil and season well with salt and pepper. Mix well and spread them out so they are one layer deep.

Peel the carrots and cut into equal sized angled wedges, about 2cm by 5cm. Zest and juice the lemon.

Pop the carrots into another baking tray. Add half of the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of water and enough oil to generously coat the carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well and tightly cover the tray with foil. Place the chickpeas on the top oven shelf and the carrots on the shelf below.

Roast for 20 minutes. Giving the chickpeas a turn twice during cooking. They should be a golden nutty brown. Remove early if they look like burning. Prepare the rest of the veg by peeling and very finely slicing half of the red onion. Wash the mint and parsley, shake them dry.

Pick the leaves off both and finely chop them separately. Peel and finely chop or crush 1 garlic clove. Wash and dry the watercress. Make the dressing by whisking the mustard and half the garlic with the kefir. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the mint.

Remove the carrots and chickpeas from the oven. Remove the foil from the carrots. Mix in the honey and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until tender. Add the cumin, paprika and half the chopped parsley to the chickpeas. Mix well and leave to cool slightly.

When the carrots are ready, give them a rough bash with a wooden spoon or potato masher. You want to lightly smash them into coarse pieces. Do this in the roasting tray so as they soak up the lemony oil.

Mix the warm crushed carrots with the spiced chickpeas, red onion and watercress. Divide it equally between 2 plates. Artfully spoon the dressing across the salad. Scatter over the almonds, remaining parsley and a little lemon zest.

 

 

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