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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Orange Carrot Salad with Orange blossom(orange flower water)


The citrusy Orange carrot salad with the piquant Orange blossom is another one of those heart-healthy feel-good Mediterranean salads with fresh,dried fruits,nuts,herbs and vegetables with splash of flavorful olive oil.The Orange blossom(Orange flower water)is the most unique ingredient in the salad,made by distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms.Must be available in most Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food stores.
Served with whole grains like brown rice or green freekah,this salad makes a healthsome meal.

(Adapted from Elise's Original recipe).

Ingredients
2 Oranges(Navel or Valencia)[you could also use Grapefruit]
1 cup Carrots,Shred
1/4 cup dried fruits like Cranberries or Raisin or Cherries
1/4 cup roasted nuts like almonds,pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange flower water
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cumin
1/4 cup freshly chopped herbs like Mint,Parsley or Cilantro


Method

Segment the oranges and mix all the ingredients in large salad bowl.Let sit in fridge for an hour for flavors to infuse then serve with a whole grain like,Green Freekeh Pilaf.
We loved this salad so much that I made it twice last week.Below is the picture of simpler version of the salad without the dried fruits and nuts.

The Orange Carrot salad is also off to Sunshinemom's Food In Colors event,the color of the month is Orange and host is Aparna of My diverse Kitchen.

Beauty Update
My blogger friend Sangeeta gives this useful beauty tip,thanks dear:)
The Orange blossom is also a very good skin toner,use it in face pack just like rose water.

28 comments:

Asha said...

Oh, you come out with such a great combos and they are flavorful, aromatic and nutritious too, very nice! :)

sangeeta said...

this one is a winner.......you know i have a beautiful grapefruit tree in my garden n i use it to make salads of many different combinations...i also distill my own blossom water....it is a good skin toner.

hijabee said...

Yasmeen,
You're so creative! You come up with unique recipes, how do you do it? Im impressed :)

Sweta said...

Looks yummy! Still hunting for the green freekeh,now I have one more addition to the list-Orange flower water!

Cham said...

I ve made with orange and veg some salad, but orange blossom is something new, I imagine the citrusy flavor! Lovely dish!

Nazarina A said...

The textures are beautiful and what a satisfying dish!

Jeena said...

What a lovely fragrent dish Yasmeen. :-)

veggie belly said...

Orange blossom water?! yes, please!! What a clever addition! I love fragrant flowery waters in food - like rose water or elderflower.

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..what a color combo..looks so so pretty to me..n nutritious too..just awesome..I dunno where I can get blossoms here..I want it now,badly..:(

Aparna Inguva said...

I devoured it right through the screen! It looks so pretty and delicious. And what a find of the orang blossom water!

Ankita said...

Wow such a colorful dish.Orange flower water in salad sounds interesting.

Jennifer said...

Yasmeen, that sounds SO refreshing!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Ashwini said...

OMG so colorful, healthy and not to forget the flavor..All in one..Very nice..

Selba said...

My.... so gorgeous beautiful the color of the food, and so perfect on the blue color plate.

Bharti said...

Gorgeous color! It looks really fresh and pretty.

Sara said...

What a beautiful salad - so healthy and delicious!

Sharmila said...

Wow Yasmeen! The second snap tempts me to dig in. Did not know about orange blossom ... as always your posts are info laden .. not to mention great recipes. :-)

Vibaas said...

i'm into salads now and this one sounds so refreshing! :)

Indhu said...

love the salad :)
am into grapefruit these days... will definitely try this :)

Dershana said...

this looks really refreshing and citrusy :-)

sowmya said...

so colourful..lovely salad..good to know the tips too.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Salad is looking very nice. When I get a chance sure will try it. It is so very colourful.

Priya said...

Wat a awesome combo, can guess how they would have tasted, really very aromatic..Great job dear..

Ann said...

Definitely healthy Yasmeen..And i love all the lovely fruits gone to it..As you mentioned Orange flower water must be the unique ingredient.

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow wow wow...I am out of words to express myself. You're so creative, innovative...to fix fabulous, colorful feast like this each time(a lot healthy too).

Curry Leaf said...

Never used orange flower water.did not find any.Love the orange carrot salad.Looks so refreshing

Aparna said...

I really liked the flavours in this salad. This picture is absolutely tempting even to someone who is somewhat indifferent to salads (me)!
Thanks for sending it in to FIC Orange.

Dazy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this

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