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This Salad Makes the Most of the Mighty Carrot

Frank Guerriero

December 12, 2018


Photo: Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis

Carrots are truly the ultimate #WasteNot vegetable, offering delicious opportunities from tip to top. Inspired by their endless versatility, chef Elizabeth Falkner set to work crafting a salad that utilizes every last bit of this dependable root. She starts by cutting the vegetables into coins (you don’t need to peel them as long as they get a good scrub) and reserving the herbaceous tops. Half of the rounds remain raw, while the rest roast in the oven until deeply caramelized. Then, Falkner blanches and blends the carrot tops with a few cloves of garlic and a handful of toasted nuts and seeds to create a vibrant pesto. To finish the dish, she tosses the carrots and some cooked lentils with a tart, slightly sweet vinaigrette. It’s the perfect way to celebrate all that this mighty vegetable has to offer. Get the recipe and make it tonight.

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Frank Guerriero is the media assistant at the Beard Foundation. Find him on Instagram.