Sunday, 2 May 2010

Houria! Spicy Carrot Salad

I am a sucker for the big sack o produce that they occasionally have on sale at the grocery store. Okay, intellectually I know that if the 10 lb bag of carrots is cheaper than the 3 lb bag it must be close to the end of its limited shelf life, and that going through a 10 lb bag of carrots can be a bit of a challenge for two people.. and that storing a 10 lb bag of carrots is next to impossible...
But that doesn't stop me. Even if a few unlucky carrots end up in the compost, I still feel like I have come out ahead. Plus, who doesn't like a challenge?
What to do with a big bag of carrots, part one, is this great spicy carrot salad, Houria! Now you know that if I made it, it is over-the-top spicy - but you can control your own spice by adding the harissa slowly to taste.
Great for grill night as it can be made ahead, I think the leftovers would also be great on a burger or in a wrap. Delish!
Only 8.5 lbs of carrots to go...

Houria - Spicy Carrot Salad
adapted from Mark Bittman
How to Cook Everything
for Souper Sundays with Deb of Kahakai Kitchen
and Spice Caravan at I Heart Cooking Clubs

Ingredients - part one
1.5 lbs carrots, sliced thin in the food processor
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tsp sugar
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Ingredients - part two
1 tsp harissa or to taste
12 good quality black olives, pitted (I used sliced kalamatas)
1/4 lb feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
drizzle olive oil
more Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Place every ingredient in part one in a wide saucepan and just cover with water.
Bring to a boil on medium/high heat. Reduce to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.
Carefully remove carrots and seasonings with a slotted spoon and place into a heat-proof bowl. Let cool.
Find the garlic cloves, mince them and add them back to the carrots.
Add in the ingredients from list two and gently toss.
Can be made ahead by several hours or even the night before.
Houria can be served cold or room temperature.

Great with grilled meats! Especially Greek, Middle Eastern, North African or similarly spiced fare.