In this salad, char, spice, and creaminess meld. The key to roasting veggies is to use similarly sized pieces. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet, and roast in a very hot oven until just tender.
2 pounds small carrots in assorted colors
1 tablespoon sorghum syrup or honey
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 ounces feta, blue, or goat cheese, crumbled
1 medium-size ripe avocado, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon roasted, salted, and shelled pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 500°. Toss carrots with sorghum and 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and next 3 ingredients; toss to coat. Place carrots in a lightly greased jelly-roll pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through.
Stir together shallot and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil; stir in feta.
Arrange carrots and avocado on a serving platter. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Sprinkle with cilantro and pepitas.
While it was a little difficult to find the carrots, the flavor was worth it. This make a lot so you may want to half the recipe if you are serving it as a side dish. We made it along side the Beef Short Ribs (southern living Jan 2012) and it was a nice compliment
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