Lemony Carrot Salad with Fig & Pistachio


SUMMER! The rains are finally here. It took a long time this year, so long we began to wonder if they would ever get here. But now it is officially summer. Hot, sticky days beg for cold, crunchy salads.

You know how much I love me some carrot salad. It’s a summer staple in our house. I made this one for my mom’s birthday lunch, and loved it so much I’ve made it again and again.
This is an easy-peasy salad, almost like that carrot raisin salad from childhood, but with a grown-up (and mayonnaise-free!) twist.

1# fresh carrots, peeled and grated (about 3 to 4 c.)
¼ c. dried figs, sliced in thin rounds
¼ c. toasted pistachio meats, coarsely chopped
Zest of ½ lemon (1 tsp.)
Juice of ½ lemon (2 Tbps.)
1 Tbsp. agave sweetener (or sugar, or honey)
1 Tbsp. mild vegetable oil

Use a food processor to grate the carrots. Or use children – free labor, quick healers, and all that.

In a medium-sized salad bowl, whisk together the lemon, agave, oil. Dump in the rest, stir and serve. Or, you can stick it in the fridge and eat it later. It is good both ways: crisper with less sauce the first day, crunchy and juicier the next.
This is fantasic for picnics and barbecues (no mayo!), or with a sammie at lunch.
Going with four servings, the calorie calculator at verywell.com says each serving has:
Calories 163
Fat 7.3g
Carbs 23.9g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 14.8g
Protein 3.1g
and…..632% of your Vitamin A for the day!

Spicy Sweet Curried Carrot Salad

The pretty carrots were SO worth the extra fifty cents!
The pretty carrots were SO worth the extra fifty cents!

Another carrot salad in time for Easter.  Hmm…..maybe if this happens again next year, we’ll have a real pattern.

Anywho….got this bag of pretty carrots at TJ’s to cook with the brisket for Saint Pat’s. Only thing is, the red ones lose the red when cooked and just look normal. So, a cold recipe would keep the prettiness.

That was the first time we’ve had carrots in the house since himself had to change his diet – they are on the verbotten list, along with peas and bananas.  But I digress.

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Hey, Mikey! He liked it.  I went easy on the hot pepper at first; when I added more Himself was disappointed that he could taste the curry less. Sigh. Your tongue can only process so much data at a time.

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 Give this a whirl. If you don’t have curry paste lying about, use powder. It’ll still be yummy.
For the salad
3 carrots, peeled then shaved in to strips
½ shallot, cut in to thin rings
¼ c. craisins or currants or sultanas
¼ c. pistachio meats
For the sauce
2 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. dijon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp. curry paste
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
S&P
2 Tbsp. red or white wine vinegar
3-4 Tbsp. avocado or olive oil
Instructions
Use your veg peeler to shave the carrots. Cut the carrots in half across the middle first, or you will wind up with a papardelle like salad.
Put all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
Whisk together the sauce in another bowl.
Dress the salad right before serving.

Servings 4
Calories 134
Fat 5 g
Sodium 44 mg
Carbs 23 g
Protein 2 g

Lemon Pistachio Vanilla Scones……can it get any better?

Big batch of buttery goodness

 

Lemon. Yum. When it comes to sweets, lemon really is my favorite.  Even more than chocolate.  A while back, S. at work asked if she could buy some scones from me for a family member in her 90’s.  I always say no to these requests – being paid takes away the fun – but it was really hard to refuse.  So, I found a vanilla scone recipe at Joy of Baking, and of course tweeked it a bit.  They turned out nicely, and the grandma sent me a hand-written thank you card. Got me a little verklempt. 

Mmmm...lemony goodness

Lemon Pistachio Scone

 

So…..today I made a double batch to take to work tomorrow, one for the office and one for S. to take to Grandma’s.
Bon appétit.
Boxed up and ready to go!

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Pumpkin Cranberry Orange Pistachio Muffins, or P-COP’s for short

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Tender crumb, full of chewy cranberry, tender pistachios and orange-y goodness. Made with the usual suspects (except the white chocolate – it didn’t make it in.)

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your muffin tins. Get out your ½ cup scoop and set it in a large glass of hot water. If you don’t have a scoop, a pair of soup spoons will do just dandy. Sift your dry ingredients on to a parchment sheet or flexible cutting board (to be able to easily add it to the wet later.)

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Beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy.

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 Add the eggs.COMegg

Then the vanilla, zest, pumpkin, and buttermilk.

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Next the cranberries and pistachios.

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Finally, stir in the flour mixture to just barely mix. Scoop the batter into the muffin liners, being sure to swirl the scoop (or spoons, use one to scoop the other to scrape the batter into the liner) in the hot water before each scoop.

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 Bake 25-30 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test.

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Cool, dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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Recipe here by Karen Maginnis, adapted from: http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/pumpkin-coffeecake-recipe/