Warm carrot salad with toasted cumin dressing

Warm carrot salad with toasted cumin dressing

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Prep: 25 mins - 35 mins , plus cooking


Serves 4
A simple and lightly spiced salad is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite lamb, chicken or fish dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal141
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 750g carrots, cut into short sticks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tsp light muscovado sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • handful of chopped coriander
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Put the cumin seeds in a dry frying pan set over a lowish heat. Cook for a few minutes, tossing in the pan, until they smell fragrant and have darkened slightly. Grind them in a spice or coffee grinder.

  2. Put the carrots in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add a few pinches of salt, then bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low and cook very gently for 3-4 minutes. Drain.

  3. Whisk the oil, lemon juice and sugar, then stir in the garlic and 1⁄4 tsp salt. Stir in the cumin and paprika. Mix well with the carrots, then leave to cool, stirring occasionally. Toss in the coriander and lemon zest. Serve at room temperature.

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7th Jul, 2011
Very pleasant. I reduced the sugar, however.
23rd Sep, 2010
I slightly modified the recipe but it was delicious. I would definitely do it again. I cut out the coriander and garlic (because the people I was cooking for didn't like them), cut back on the sugar to 1 tsp (because I don't like things too sweet; honey would probably work well too), and cheated with the cummin, using powdered. It was delicious.
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18th Feb, 2008
A very different way to cook carrots Loved the cumin hint, but would put a little more lemon in next time.
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