It’s a good day when I make two great salads. I couldn’t decide which to tell you about first, so I’m going in chronological order. My brother was passing through town today, and he and I had this one for lunch. I’ll tell you about the dinner one (kale! toasted almonds! the rest of that black garlic!) another day.
Because, no, I don’t cook something new every day. In fact, some days I don’t cook at all. (Who cooks every day? More power to you, I say, but not me.) Here’s how it works around here: when I make something I really like that hasn’t yet been featured on Emmy Cooks, I snap a picture and jot it down on my list. Often I do tell you about it the same day, because it’s on my mind, but sometimes I don’t. And sometimes, like today, it’s fridge cleaning day and I make two worthy new salads and save one for another day. So that’s how I build up my list, which is where I turn for inspiration if it’s not a cooking day, or if I’ve only cooked old favorites that you already know about (I do that a lot), or if I tried something new that wasn’t so great. Because I only tell you about the great stuff.
This salad was great. Orange-Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette: Cut carrots into pinky-finger-sized sticks. Toss with olive oil, a squeeze of orange juice (save other half of the orange for the dressing), and salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set carrots aside, reserving any orangey oil at the bottom of the pan to add to the dressing.You can do this in advance and refrigerate the carrots if you like.
Make a cumin vinaigrette in a small jar by combining the zest and juice of half an orange, 1 Tb. rice vinegar, 3 Tb. olive oil (including any oil leftover from the carrots), 1/8 tsp. cumin, and ¼ tsp. salt. Cap the jar and shake well. (This dressing is based on a recipe from Annie Somerville’s Fields of Greens, one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks. Try her pizza recipes!)
Dress some nice greens with the cumin vinaigrette and top with roasted carrots and avocado slices.