Ribbons of kale and carrots with earthy, warming spices like, cumin, coriander and cayenne make for a wonderfully hearty and satisfying salad any time of year.
This salad is all about layers of textures and flavor; it’s one of those dishes that wakes up your taste buds with each bite. It makes for a lively winter meal, although it’s quite well suited to every season really since the ingredients are available year-round.
On the plate it’s a colorful tangle of carrots and kale ribbons tossed in a spicy Moroccan inspired dressing you can twist and turn around like pasta on a fork. The flat fettuccine-like shape of the vegetable ribbons is a nice surface for the dressing to cling to.
The dressing is bold with the flavors of cumin, cayenne and coriander. There are golden raisins and black olives for sweetness and saltiness, and fresh orange juice and white wine vinegar for brightness and acidity.
Simple, fresh and raw, this Moroccan kale and carrot ribbon salad holds up well at room temperature and even benefits from being made ahead of time, which makes it a great choice to pack for lunch.
The key is to allow some time for the flavors to marry. The raw carrots and kale turn tender and more noodle-like the longer they sit in the dressing while the golden raisins plump and get juicy.
Hearty and satisfying, it’s a welcome addition to mealtime any time of year.