I have learned that there are people that love,LOVE cilantro and there are people who just don't like it.I am one of those folks that LOVE cilantro. For those who aren't big fans of the fantastic herb,I know there are lots of other herbs out there that need love.
For the folks that like (or even LOVE ) cilantro this recipe is for you. I have fallen for the combination of sweet carrots, ray-of-sunshine bright citrus,toasty sesame seeds and kickin' cilantro.The olive oil in the dressing ties the whole package together and adds a buttery glaze over the whole salad.
I just love this salad.
It made a fine side salad to the balsamic glazed pork medallions. Yum,yum,yum...Ok carrot and cilantro treat for all:
Slice up 4-6 medium carrots.Next add in a handful of fresh cilnatro leaves,probably a cup or so of leaves total.Then add in some sesame seeds.( I decided on slices only because I had this fancy mandolin to use.I could've been more adventurous and tried to make the classy lookin' ribbons...but nah... hey it's taste that matters.)
Squeeze the juice of two lemons.Then use your math skills and pour up 4 times that amount of lemon juice of extra virgin olive oil.Pour that juice into a small mixing bowl.
Oh and a note... my mother-in-law had some extra sesame seeds laying around,she drop them buy yesterday and ooohhh look two different colors,tan and black sesame seeds. Talk about fancy,taste-wise they are the same. Fancy though.
Carrot and Cilantro Treat For All
(thats the title and I'm stickin' with it.)
adapted from Jamie's Dinners
written by Jamie Oliver
4-6 medium carrots,sliced into thin rounds
a large handful of fresh cilantro,leaves picked
4 tsp sesame seeds,toasted
For the dressing:
zest and juice of one orange
extra-virgin olive oil
2 heaping TBL sesame seeds,toasted
salt and pepper
1.In a medium size mixing bowl combine carrots slices,cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.
2.In a small mixing bowl,add the orange zest,orange juice,salt,pepper,toasted sesame seeds. Then juice the 2 lemons and measure how much juice you get out of those 2 lemons. Pour the lemon juice in with the orange juice,zest,etc... Now pour up 4 times that amount of lemon juice of olive oil and add it to the dressing ingredients.Whisk all of that together.
3.Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture and toss together coating everything well.ENJOY!