Cumin Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad

June 5, 2012

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My favorite dish at popular NYC eatery ABC Kitchen is without a doubt their Cumin Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad. This light yet satisfying starter is a diverse combination of bright colors, contrasting textures and bold flavors. The carrots are roasted in the oven with a spicy blend of cumin, garlic and fresh herbs and then plated with slices of fresh, ripe avocado. All of it is pulled together by a tangy drizzle of fresh orange and lemon juice. The finishing touch is a refreshing dollop of sour cream (I used plain Greek yogurt in my recipe) and a sprinkling of toasted sunflower seeds. I decided to recreate this masterpiece at home and am proud to share this memorable recipe. I made a few changes from the original to keep it healthy and use the ingredients I had on hand in my kitchen. Enjoy this little taste of NYC’s ABC Kitchen in your own kitchen!

Cumin Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad

Ingredients
1 pound of carrots, peeled or scrubbed
1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
3 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, lowfat or whole as desired
2 lemons, halved
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup + 1 tablespon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves or other greens (arugula or watercress works well too)
1 tablespoon orange juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil carrots for approximately 20 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, make the marinade. In a small mixing bowl combine garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, thyme, salt and pepper. Then, add red wine vinegar and slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of the olive oil until thickened. Reserve marinade.

Toast sunflower seeds by placing them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes until fragrant, making sure not to burn the seeds. Remove from heat and let cool.

Drain carrots and carefully arrange in a single layer in a roasting pan or dutch oven. Spoon marinade generously over carrots. Cut one of the lemons in half and place cut side down over the carrots. Roast in oven for 25 minutes uncovered.

Slice avocado into long, thin slices. Reserve.

Once carrots are finished roasting, prepare vinaigrette. Juice remaining 1 lemon and combine with orange juice and the juice of the lemon halves that roasted with the carrots. Whisk in 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Prepare salad by placing a few spinach leaves (or other greens) on a plate and stacking carrots on top. Add avocado slices and a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds. Drizzle 1 – 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the salad. Add salt and pepper if needed.

 

Cumin Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad
 
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Serves: 4
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Inspired by a dish at famed NYC eatery ABC Kitchen, this recipe for Cumin Roasted Carrot & Avocado is a vibrant start to any meal.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of carrots, peeled or scrubbed
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt, lowfat or whole as desired
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoons cumin, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups baby spinach leaves or other greens (arugula or watercress works well too)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil carrots for approximately 20 minutes or until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, make the marinade. In a small mixing bowl combine garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, thyme, salt and pepper. Then, add red wine vinegar and slowly whisk in ¼ cup of the olive oil until thickened. Reserve marinade.
  4. Toast sunflower seeds by placing them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes until fragrant, making sure not to burn the seeds. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Drain carrots and carefully arrange in a single layer in a roasting pan or dutch oven. Spoon marinade generously over carrots. Cut one of the lemons in half and place cut side down over the carrots. Roast in oven for 25 minutes uncovered.
  6. Slice avocado into long, thin slices. Reserve.
  7. Once carrots are finished roasting, prepare vinaigrette. Juice remaining 1 lemon and combine with orange juice and the juice of the lemon halves that roasted with the carrots. Whisk in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  8. Prepare salad by placing a few spinach leaves (or other greens) on a plate and stacking carrots on top. Add avocado slices and a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds. Drizzle 1 – 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the salad. Add salt and pepper if needed.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

 

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  • http://www.mimiavocado.com Mimi Avocado

    I’m always looking for unique avocado recipes because we raise avocados on our family farm! We have a Facebook page for our gift box and subscription business (yes, subscriptions for fresh avocados from our farm!)…so I’ll share a link to this post on our page today for California Avocados Direct. Thanks for posting such gorgeous photos!

    • Janelle

      Hi Mimi, thank you so much! I love your wonderful avocado farm and blog – what a treat! Avocados are truly one of my favorite foods and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my recipe :)

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