I have so much to be thankful for. My little girl, my hubby, my work, the village of grandparents, siblings, and friends who help us navigate the new world of parenting.
Those are the obvious. We can’t let the little things go unmentioned either this Thanksgiving.
Like infant-sized purple leopard Uggs from Violet’s Great Aunt and Uncle, the patience our loved ones are exhibiting as it takes me far too long to send out thank you notes, Dean’s ability (and willingness) to change a diaper in the dark, the rare moment I had this weekend to try out a new recipe like a delicious carrot and avocado salad, and my very kind neighbors who came to check on me when I set the smoke alarm off while roasting the carrots (note to sleepy new moms everywhere: parchment paper and broil setting don’t mix well).
Smoke-filled kitchen aside, this salad will be a perfect new dish on our Thanksgiving table. Wishing you all a happy holiday, lots of thanks, and a scrumptious feast.
Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad
Adapted from ABC Kitchen via NY Times
• 3 garlic cloves, peeled
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
• Salt and ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 pound medium-size carrots peeled
• 1 orange, halved
• 1 lemon, halved
• 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cut in thin wedges
• 1 ½ cups packed pea shoots
• 1/2 cup of crunchy sprouts
• 3 tablespoons roasted hulled pumpkin seeds
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a small food processor or a mortar, pulse or pound the garlic with the cumin, thyme, chile flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper to make a paste. Add vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the oil, and mix well.
2. Arrange carrots in a roasting pan and spread spice paste on top. Place orange and lemon halves, cut side down, on carrots. Roast until carrots are tender (but not mushy) and starting to brown, about 45 minutes. (I like a little char on them, so I broil for a short time at the end)
3. Using tongs, arrange carrots on a serving platter. With the tongs or a dishtowel to protect your hands, squeeze juice from the roasted orange and lemon halves into a measuring cup. You should have about 1/2 cup juice. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle some of this sauce over the carrots.
4. Arrange avocado over carrots, then scatter sprouts on top. Drizzle with reserved sauce, top with a sprinkling of the seeds. (The restuarant serves it with a dollop of sour cream or yort on top, I thought it was just as good without)
YIELD 4-6 servings (I will double this recipe for Thanksgiving) (Plan on a carrot per person)