Carrot Ribbon Salad

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Thin slices of carrot are tossed with a Moroccan-inspired dressing in this simple salad.
(Nicole Franzen)
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This surprisingly simple salad combines carrot ribbons with golden raisins, mint, cilantro and crunchy pita chips before being drizzled with a garlicky dressing. What makes this salad stand out is that every bite is packed with flavor and texture. I love the addition of pomegranate molasses, a staple in Middle Eastern cooking, in the dressing for the earthy sweetness it adds, but if you don’t have it, just leave it out. The components of this salad can be done in advance, which makes it ideal for dinner parties. Dress the salad right before serving or it’ll become too soggy.


Heat oven to 350 degrees.


Place the pita on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with ½ teaspoon of salt, and toss with your hands to coat. Bake until the pita is golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.


On a cutting board, use a vegetable peeler to peel the carrots into ribbons. Transfer the ribbons to a large bowl.


In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, add the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, the pepper and sumac, and whisk to combine. While whisking, drizzle in the remaining ¼ cup of olive oil until emulsified. The dressing can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


Add half the toasted pita chips, the raisins, mint and cilantro to the bowl with the carrot ribbons. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, tossing until everything is well coated. Top with the remaining pita chips.

Excerpted from “To the Last Bite” by Alexis deBoschnek.