My CSA box* often includes carrots — and last week they were special. Deep, rich purple on the outside with a bright orange core, these beauties deserved a starring role.
Their flavor profile is a little duskier than a bright orange carrot, and so I paired them with the lovely lavender and thyme growing in my garden. A simple dressing of olive oil, sherry vinegar and a touch of honey make it sing. All together, this is a hearty, sweet/savory salad that would add sparkle to most meals. And a bonus — this salad keeps for a couple days in the fridge — perfect for make ahead meals. Enjoy!
Carrot Salad with Lavender & Thyme
6 – 8 purple carrots, rinsed and grated
3 TB olive oil
1 TB fruity sherry vinegar
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp sea salt, fine
3 sprigs fresh lavender, buds removed and chopped (or 1 tsp dried lavender)
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, taste for salt and adjust if needed.
* I often feature vegetables from my Full Belly Farms CSA Veggie box. Have you considered joining a CSA? This stands for Community Supported Agriculture. There are many in my neck of the woods, Northern California, but I know that they exist all over the country, and perhaps the world. It is an excellent way to taste the best produce grown locally, grown in a way that respects workers and the land upon which they labor. Here’s a link to Local Harvest, a site that helps connect you with the best CSA box for you and your family.