Carrot Salad with Coriander and Pistachios


Was flipping through my Bon Appetit magazine the other day and came across a great sounding recipe that I had to test last Sunday.  It was their Carrot Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette and Pistachios from the recent May issue.  Perfect for a sunny day!

Ingredients:

¼ cup unsalted, shelled raw pistachios
¾ teaspoon coriander seeds (thought I had seeds and realized too late I didn’t, went ground)
½ garlic clove, finely grated (only half a clove?!?! — yeah right!)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
⅓ cup olive oil
Kosher salt
1 pound carrots, peeled, julienned or coarsely grated (totally use the food processor with the right blade)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems (didn’t keep much of the stems on and chopped it a bit)

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For ease, take those carrots to the food processor.  Throw them down the tube and get them shredded quickly.

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Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 6–8 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.  Note:  I normally just toast them on the stove, easier.  And, second note, I had roasted ones to begin with so didn’t have to do anything — saved a step!

Toast coriander in a small dry skillet over medium heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Let cool; coarsely chop. — this is where I just threw some ground coriander in the pan and toasted it, worked just as well!
Whisk garlic, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and coriander in a large bowl, then whisk in oil; season with salt. Add carrots, toss, and let sit at least 30 minutes.  I sort of threw all those ingredients on top of the carrots and stirred — it worked.

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Toss with cilantro and pistachios just before serving.

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(DO AHEAD: Salad (without cilantro and nuts) can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

This was absolutely delicious!  So quick and easy to make.  Will be a great recipe for the summer for cookouts, BBQs, etc!  And, it’s gluten and lactose free and vegetarian, so will work for many people.

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