Very Veggie: Make This Rainbow Carrot Salad

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Beautiful rainbow carrots have recently been showing up at farmers' markets, and chef Martinez uses them in this bountiful and refreshing salad — a tangle of vibrant yellow, orange, and purple carrots drizzled with tangy orange vinaigrette and tossed with hunks of sheep's milk cheese, pickled raisins, capers, piquant chilies, and sunflower sprouts; it's all topped with fresh herbs and toasted sunflower seeds.

Note: Orange vinegar can be purchased online at Or you can substitute 1/4 cup fresh orange juice plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar.

Reprinted with permission from Brooklyn Bar Bites

Very Veggie: Make This Rainbow Carrot Salad
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  • 8 large rainbow or orange carrots
  • kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup orange vinegar (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 2 red Fresno peppers
  • 1/2 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 1/2 cup crumbled sheep's milk feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tarragon
  1. Using a mandoline, and a healthy amount of caution, shave the carrots lengthwise into thin strips, roughly the thickness of a quarter. You can also do this with a vegetable peeler, making sure to get thick peelings. Transfer the carrots to a large bowl, cover with ice water and add salt to taste. Let the carrots sit in the ice water in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours; overnight is ideal.
  2. Drain the carrots in a colander and let sit for 10 minutes to remove any excess water.
  3. To make the vinaigrette: Put the orange and white vinegars, orange blossom water, honey, oil, salt, and pepper to taste in a small bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  4. To prepare the sunflower seeds: Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  5. Toss the sunflower seeds with the oil, sprinkle with the salt, and spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake until the seeds are toasted and golden, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  6. To assemble the salad: Put the carrots, raisins, capers, pepper strips, and sprouts in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss until well coated. Transfer to a platter or salad plates, top with the cheese, herbs, and toasted sunflower seeds, and serve.
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