By Julie White
With warm weather ahead, a fresh salad is an easy side dish. You can use classic orange carrots, but to make this recipe extra special, try the multi-color variety that come in bags at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts or Vons. The colors give the salad a lovely look reminiscent of fall.
3 to 4 large carrots — or 6 to 8 smaller carrots — julienned (sliced like matchsticks)*
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix the salad ingredients together. In a smaller bowl, mix the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well. Serve chilled.
*You may grate the carrots, but the salad looks prettier if you julienne them.
—Julie White is a La Mesa resident who loves to cook. Write to her at email@example.com.