There are flavor combinations I have a hard time not repeating all the time. This salad is fairly indicative of one of my favorites: carrots and curry. I’ve made curried carrot soup, a split pea curried carrot soup, and I’ve been tinkering with a carrot curry for an eBook I’ve been working on. The earthy, slightly sweet flavor of the carrots is a lovely compliment to the spice from the curry.
Curried Carrot Cashew Salad
A flavorful vegetable-based salad using carrots roasted with coconut oil and curry powdered then tossed with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and toasted cashews.
- 1 pound carrots
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
- Salt as needed
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup loosely packed parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro chopped
- Salt to taste
- Fresh lemon juice to taste
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Cut carrots on the bias in ¼” slices. In a roasting pan, toss with the melted coconut oil and the curry powder. If your curry powder doesn’t have salt in the mix, add a pinch to the pan. Toss until the carrots are coated with the coconut oil and curry powder. Roast until the carrots are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the coconut oil followed by the cashews. Toast, stirring frequently, until the cashews are browning, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Wipe out the skillet and add the coconut flakes. Toast the coconut until golden.
- When the carrots are done, place in a bowl along with the toasted cashews, coconut flakes, parsley, and cilantro. Add a pinch of salt as needed and squeeze a half of lemon or so over the carrot salad. Toss until everything is well combined and serve.
Tips & Tricks: Make your own curry powder blend or find one from a quality source. I like finding a spice shop and trying different blends.
I don't peel carrots. Instead I give them a good scrub and that is usually just wha they need.
Nutrition: see the information.
Add Greens: Make this a bit more of a traditional salad by adding lettuce, spinach, or shredded kale. You can also whip up a lemon-vinaigrette for dressing.
Add Grains: If I’m making a real salad out of these curried carrots, I also like to add a handful of cooked grains like quinoa or millet.
Swap Produce: Sweet potatoes or cubed butternut squash work well in place of the carrots.
I go through phases with nuts. Sometimes I’ll be obsessed with pecans but other times, I find myself reaching for pistachios. However, I always keep cashews on hand. They are a wonderful boost of crunch and protein to salads and with a little soaking, turn into a creamy sauce. A few of my favorite cashew recipes: