The citrusy Orange carrot salad with the piquant Orange blossom is another one of those heart-healthy feel-good Mediterranean salads with fresh,dried fruits,nuts,herbs and vegetables with splash of flavorful olive oil.The Orange blossom(Orange flower water)is the most unique ingredient in the salad,made by distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms.Must be available in most Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food stores.
Served with whole grains like brown rice or green freekah,this salad makes a healthsome meal.
(Adapted from Elise's Original recipe).
2 Oranges(Navel or Valencia)[you could also use Grapefruit]
1 cup Carrots,Shred
1/4 cup dried fruits like Cranberries or Raisin or Cherries
1/4 cup roasted nuts like almonds,pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange flower water
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cumin
1/4 cup freshly chopped herbs like Mint,Parsley or Cilantro
Segment the oranges and mix all the ingredients in large salad bowl.Let sit in fridge for an hour for flavors to infuse then serve with a whole grain like,Green Freekeh Pilaf.
We loved this salad so much that I made it twice last week.Below is the picture of simpler version of the salad without the dried fruits and nuts.
The Orange Carrot salad is also off to Sunshinemom's Food In Colors event,the color of the month is Orange and host is Aparna of My diverse Kitchen.
My blogger friend Sangeeta gives this useful beauty tip,thanks dear:)
The Orange blossom is also a very good skin toner,use it in face pack just like rose water.