- 500g carrots we used purple and orange ones), peeled, halved and cut into short batons on an angle
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
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- 100g mixed basmati & wild rice
Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…
- 75g Puy lentils
- 3 oranges
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- large fennel bulb, quartered, core removed, thinly sliced
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- 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 200g seedless red grapes, halved
- 100g pecans, chopped
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- large handful parsley, chopped
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- large handful mint, chopped
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For the dressing
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the carrots, oil and some seasoning on a large baking tray. Cook for 25-30 mins until tender. While the carrots cook, fill 2 large pans with salted water and bring to the boil. Add the rice to one pan and the lentils to the other. Cook following pack instructions, or until just cooked, then drain and set aside to cool.
Zest the oranges over a large bowl. Cut away the peel and pith, then cut along each piece of membrane to remove the segments, catching any juices in the bowl. Set the segments aside. Add the ingredients for the dressing to the orange zest and juice, season and whisk.
When the carrots have cooled a little, add to the dressing with the remaining salad ingredients, including the cooked rice, lentils and orange segments. Toss together and serve on a big platter.
Use leftover roasted carrots from your Christmas dinner if you have some and substitute the pecans for any nuts you have in the cupboard.