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Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss

Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss recipe from @KaleandCaramel || Beautiful heirloom carrots thinly shaved & tossed with an incredible orange blossom scented dressing, herbs, pistachios, and feta. || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian

I’ve had cookbooks inspire me, motivate me, and reinvent the way I look at the way we eat, but I’ve never had a cookbook touch me on a deep, emotional level before now. Lily Diamond’s book, Kale & Caramel; Recipes for the Body, Heart, and Table , speaks to me as a mother, a daughter, and a passionate cook who believes that food has the power to heal both the body and soul. 

Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss recipe from @KaleandCaramel || Beautiful heirloom carrots thinly shaved and tossed with an incredible orange blossom scented dressing. || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian

Reading and cooking my way through Lily’s book left me virtually speechless; I wasn’t sure how to write a post that adequately conveyed how much heart and soul she poured into writing it. So, I decided to live with it. I read it cover to cover, I cooked a plethora of dishes from it including this Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss. I pampered myself with  blackberry basil face masks and coconut mint salt scrubs, and I soaked every page in.

Kale & Caramel cookbook || Recipes for heart, body, and table by Lily Diamond || @thismessisours

As much as this book is about the recipes that grace its pages it is also a touching memoir that documents Lily’s life through love, the loss of her mother, and the power that plants have to heal the body, mind, and soul even through the deepest grief. 

Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss recipe from @KaleandCaramel || Beautiful heirloom carrots thinly shaved & tossed with an incredible orange blossom scented dressing, herbs, pistachios, & feta. || @thismessisours #glutenfree #vegetarian

We’ve been enjoying this gorgeous Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss quite often over the last few months. Sometimes on its own, other times as a side dish and even stuffed into wraps with homemade falafel. It’s always a beautiful addition to the dinner table and since orange blossom is known to have qualities that can reduce anxiety I intend to continue to indulge especially during those hectic weeks that seem to be more frequent these days than ever before.   

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Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad with Orange Blossom Toss
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
We love this salad on its own as a side, but we've also been enjoying it stuffed into wraps with falafel
Ingredients
Orange Blossom Toss
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons orange blossom water
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Carrot, Feta, and Pistachio Salad
  • 10 carrots, washed, tops trimmed and reserved
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • ⅔ cup chopped toasted pistachio nuts
  • ⅔ cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
Make the orange blossom toss
  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, orange blossom water, honey, cumin, cardamom, the ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and the salt in a jar, seal, and shake to blend. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Make the salad
  1. Use a vegetable;e peeler, mandolin, or spiralzer to slice the carrots into long, thin strips. Finely chop a handful of carrot tops (resulting in a bout ¼ cup). Place the carrot strips and tops in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the mint and pistachios, and pour the dressing over all. Toss to combine. Gently fold in the feta. Top with mint and extra red pepper flakes, if you want an additional kick of spice.
Notes
Copyright © 2017 by Lily Diamond from KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Photos copyright © 2017, Lily Diamond
 

 

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, Meg—now I’m speechless. Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words, your thoughtful attention to every page of the book, your beautiful photos, and your passion. I’m truly honored to be on This Mess Is Ours today. How lucky am I for my little blog baby to have such an incredible aunty. And nothing could make me happier than knowing how this is touching you specifically, as a mother. Yes. Yes yes yes. Sending huge hugs and gratitude.

    • Awwww Lily!! You are the sweetest, thank you so much for allowing us to share your beautiful book with our readers, I am so moved by your story and so honored to be your books auntie. Goodness, I hope we run into each other in LA soon,I need to hug your neck!

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.