Shaved carrot and pear salad with curry vinaigrette

To pick a pear recipe for AFAM Pears, I tried food blog search, Epicurious, the USA pears website and finally settled on Food Network's simple salad recipe from Giada's treasure of recipes. As much as I was tempted on making a coffee cake, or muffins or pears poached in wine and served with ice cream, keeping in mind the summer attack in Bombay, an easy salad (easy on the waist) and that tastes good cold, was very much top of mind, which is what made me choose this.

I have written several times about my love for fruits in a salad. The give a sweetness and a change in texture that makes a salad even more satisfying. So here's another vegetable-fruit combo salad with an interesting vinaigrette. Curry powder in a vinaigrette? The French may turn their pretty noses at this one, but the taste is completely new and wonderful. If the world loves our curry, they will surely love this unusual flavour in a dressing!

Shaved carrot and pear salad in curry vinaigrette
Time taken - Under 10 minutes
Serves 2
Adapted from Giada Laurentis's recipe.

Ingredients and Directions

1 Red anjou pear, halved and sliced very thin (use any pears you have on hand)
2 large carrots, shaved with a vegetable peeler into ribbons
2 tbsp fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp pine nuts or walnuts or sunflower seeds

For dressing - whisk together

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder (sambhar powder in my case)
1 tbsp olive oil

Place the shaved carrots, sliced pears and parsley in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad, add nuts, toss and serve chilled

Other salads from the summer of 2007

Chilled mango salad
Yellow lentil and raw mango salad
Herby tomato salad with pine nuts and cheese
Cucumber sesame salad
Indian carrot peanut salad

And while humming ' I will survive' I am sending this off to my dear friend Raaga who is hosting the event A Fruit a Month, started off by Maheshwari


Raaga said...

Thanks sweetheart. It looks so inviting!

Rachel said...

Love the contrast in colours....

sowmya said...

The salad looks so good..must have tasted delicious too!!!

nandita said...

it tasted khatta-mitha :D

Thanks Rachel

Raaga - the pleasure is mine!

arundati said...

the sambhar powder is such a nice it a good kick !! must try this one...

LisaRene said...

I love this salad and have made it before, it has been a big hit!

AMIT said...

Oh Yeah its too yummy.

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