Carrot Salad With Cumin and Coriander

1 pound medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks or grated
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 small garlic clove, grated
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted and ground
Pinch of ground cayenne
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons finely diced preserved lemon (optional)
Whole mint leaves, for serving

Put carrots in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, coriander and cayenne. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Leave to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish.

To serve, sprinkle with preserved lemon, if you like, and garnish with mint leaves.

Notes:

If you want to splash out, try a pinch of cinnamon, and top with lots of fluffy chopped cilantro and thinly sliced jalapeño.

Or add crumbled feta and olives.

For the best-looking salad, use the julienne blade of a food processor, or cut the carrots into thin matchstick shapes with a sharp knife. The large holes of a box grater will work, too, but the result won’t be quite as attractive. (But avoid those supermarket bags of pre-grated carrots. They’re not suitable here.)

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