Some Tunisian Tastes – Part 3 – Carrot Cumin Salad

Here is the last bit of my Tunisian Tastes series (for now) :). It is for another side dish, a carrot and cumin salad.

Cumin is one of the most popular, heavily used and oldest spices in the world. It is also one of the most used spices in all of Middle Eastern foods. Cumin is used predominantly in Mexican, North African, Indian, and Mediterranean foods. Cumin is a strong highly fragrant savory spice that is used for all kinds of dishes. It  is the perfect ingredient when you want to add warmth and earthiness to a wide variety of dishes and recipes. It is good for spicing up all kinds of vegetables, meats, potatoes, lentils, beans, dates, and just about anything else you can think of. Cumin adds a nutty warmth, pepperiness and smokiness to whatever recipes it is in. Cumin is also used in making garam masala and curries, which allows them to carry more heat.

Carrot and Cumin Salad

3 cups peeled shredded carrots

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

2 TBSP olive oil

1-2 TBSP lemon olive oil, optional

1-2 TBSP lemon balsamic vinegar, optional

1 tsp cumin

1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Mix everything together and chill or serve at room temperature. I personally like this salad more at room temperature because I find it brings the warmth of the flavors together and makes them really pop.

This is a simple salad that has a lot of bold flavors. It is a good side dish for just about anything you would like to serve it with. it goes well with everything.

Have a great day and make everyday great. Stay safe and stay well. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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