Moroccan Carrot Salad with Parsley and Roasted Lemon
- 1 large lemon, washed, sliced into thin rounds, and then quartered
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for lemons
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 pinches cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, plus 1/4 cup orange juice
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 medium carrots, peeled and grated (about 4 cups)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
Place the lemon pieces in a cold skillet. Add a generous amount of oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat over low heat until the rinds soften and begin to brown and caramelize, about 20 minutes.
In a large bowl, add the cumin, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, orange zest, orange juice, salt, and pepper. While whisking, pour 1/4 cup olive oil in a thin stream until the dressing reaches your desired consistency. Add the carrots, parsley, and pine nuts. Remove the caramelized lemon to the bowl using a slotted spoon. Toss and taste for seasoning. Drizzle in some of the lemon infused oil, to taste.
Store in the refrigerator until serving time.
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira