Saturday, July 14, 2007

Carrot, Avocado and Cashew Salad

Despite the frequent meteorological evidence to the contrary, this is summer time, and so I had my nose once again in Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer recently. Whilst there, I met a few old friends, including her recipe for a carrot and peanut salad. I have sympathy with the lady when she says "the only way I stop eating [this] is by having someone prise the bowl out of my hands". Quite understandable. But nothing is sacred, least of all recipes, and so I decided to play around with this a little, adding some more contrasts.

To the sweet, crunchy carrots I added instead cashew nuts - more subtle in flavour, slightly waxier in texture than the peanuts - and some smooth, creamy avocado. In the dressing, so as not to overpower the fruit, I used lemon juice instead of vinegar to add sourness, and a few pink peppercorns, mainly because I bought them last week in Fortnum and Mason's and wanted to use them, but also because a little heat was needed and the pink flecks look beautiful against the rest of the colours.

  • 200g carrots (unpeeled weight)
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 90g roasted, salted cashew nuts
  • juice of 1/2 a large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink peppercorns

  • Peel and chop the carrots in to short batons. Peel the avocado, slice into 1/2cm semi-circles then in 3 lengthways. Place the carrots and avocado in a bowl and add about a third of the cashews whole. Very roughly chop the remainder of the nuts (just in half is good enough) and throw in the bowl. Bash the peppercorns around in a pestle and mortar a little, then add to the rest of the ingredients. You probably don't need salt as the cashews will contribute enough. Squeeze over the lemon juice, mix well, and enjoy!


    Anonymous said...

    This sounds fantastic! I will have to make it once the weather warms up. Yum!

    Eleanor said...

    It is delicious! A really good variant (possibly actually my favourite) is to get rid of the pink peppercorns and use a bit of mustard instead, preferably wholegrain, but English would work too if that is all you have.