Monday, April 7, 2008

Giada's "Get Bikini Ready" Carrot Salad

I don't know that Giada has ever had to get "bikini ready", but I did like this salad as I found some spectacular carrots at Whole Foods the other day.
1 1/2 pound large carrots, trimmed and peeled (about 8 carrots)
2 firm pears (recommended: D'Anjou)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (had to use dry...worked well)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons honey (I used mango chutney because I didn't have any and it worked nicely.)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Using a vegetable peeler cut the carrots lengthwise into thin ribbons or slices. Quarter, core, and stem the pears. Using a knife, slice into very thin strips. Place the carrot and pear slices in a large bowl with the chopped parsley.
In a blender combine the white wine, curry powder, honey, salt, and pepper and blend to combine. With the machine running add the olive oil. Pour the dressing over the carrots and pears. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

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