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Simplicity Is Beautiful Carrot-Orange Salad

Posted: October 21, 2012 11:20 PM

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╩║Orange You Glad It's Fall╩║

I sure am!!! Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. Autumn flavors and the changing leaves, not to mention my birthday and Halloween. During this time of the year, the farmers here in Chicago have delicious carrots and beets, not to mention some early winter squashes. These ingredients are not only very delicious, but they are also rich in carotenoids, the antioxidant found in orange veggies. I created this simple salad for this month's Recipe Redux to highlight these tasty autumn harvest carrots. The farmers at the market also had an abundance of beautiful swiss chard, that I could not resist. Both are served very simply with some good quality olive oil, a mix of hot and sweet spices, orange segments, and toasted pumpkin seeds. For an even more Halloween feel, try using black kale instead of the rainbow chard.

Simplicity Is Beautiful Carrot-Orange Salad

YIELD: 4 Servings

2 Each Oranges
3 Each Large Carrots, Peeled and Cut Into Matchsticks
8 Large Leaves Rainbow Chard, Washed and Chopped
1/8th teaspoon Each Ground Cinnamon, Cayenne, Cumin, Coriander
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To Taste Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Method of Preparation:

Cut the ends off of the orange and cut the skin away with a knife
Cutting over a bowl, cut between the membrane to remove the segments
Squeeze any juice remaining from orange peels into the bowl
Combine the carrots and chard with the orange segments
Combine the spices in a saute pan and toast over low heat until fragrant
Add oil and salt to the spices and swirl to combine
Dress the carrot salad with the spices and mix well
Allow salad to marinate 15 minutes, the greens will wilt dramatically
After 15 minutes, add more olive oil if desired
Divide salad among 4 bowls and drizzle with the dressing from the bowl
garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds

Be sure to visit all the great blogs below that are all part of this months Recipe Redux

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