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My New Favorite Salad!

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Normally Autumn has me thinking about cozy casseroles and savory, comforting soups but I just stumbled across my new favorite salad and I wanted to share!  I have a beautiful crop of radishes from my garden that I wanted to find a new way to use, so I looked up radish recipes online.  To my utter delight, I found the following recipe from Tyler Florence on The Food Network’s website that combines radishes, carrots, mint and a wonderfully exotic spice flavor combo that I find irresistible.

Carrot, Orange and Radish Salad

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence

Prep Time: 20 min
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hr 0 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 carrots
  • 6 radishes (or 4-inch piece daikon radish)
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (I substituted honey)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water
  • Kosher salt

Directions

Slice carrots and radishes as thinly as possible and add to a large bowl (I shredded them using my food processor’s shredding disc). Add mint and cilantro. Remove the peel and pith from the oranges. Working over a bowl to catch the juice, cut between the membranes to remove the orange segments; add them to the carrots. Squeeze the membrane to extract the rest of the juice and add the cinnamon, sugar (or honey), lemon juice, orange flower water, and salt, to taste. Mix to dissolve sugar and salt. Pour over the carrot mixture and gently toss to coat. The salad can be served immediately but allowing it to sit for 1 or 2 hours will help the flavors to blend. Just before serving, taste and adjust seasoning.

Besides being delicious and super nutritious, this salad has the added bonus of being a perfect local foods fit for my growing climate!  My garden is chock full of radish, carrot, mint  & cilantro and I live in one of the citrus capitals of the world so local, fresh oranges are in season right now.  The interesting interplay of the citrus, mint, cinnamon and orange flower water gives this salad an exotic flavor profile that makes you just want to keep on eating it.  I think that it would also be delicious with the addition of golden raisins and/or chopped nuts.

I hope you try it, I think you will like it!

This post is participating in Real Food Wednesday.


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