Grilled Sweetcorn Slaw with Cabbage and Carrot

I read that the average head of sweetcorn has 800 kernels, all lined up in 16 neat rows, and each of those kernels is a seed in its own right. While we eat sweetcorn as a vegetable, it is, technically speaking, a grass, being a variety of maize that is harvested when the ears are immature. As a result, the sugar content in the kernels is much higher than it is in other varieties of maize, which are harvested at a much later stage when they are dry, and eaten as a grain. When you eat the kernels of sweetcorn whole, be that gnawing them off the cob or after shaving off the kernels first, the starch element is retained in each seed, making the dominant experience of eating fresh corn one of tender, juicy sweetness.

Today we are using that beautiful sweet seed of the grass in a slaw with cabbage and carrot. The sweetcorn is grilled first, intensifying the sweetness, before being mixed with a mustard dressing and the slaw ingredients.

This is an Ottolenghi dish from Plenty More – we are cooking our way through this book. We feel free to substitute ingredients that are not readily available in our local area.

In fact, it is Ottolenghi Cooking the Books Day on the blog – one of two days per month where we publish the latest recipes we have tried in our project of cooking from Ottolenghi’s books – those we have cooked directly and those we have been inspired by. Currently we are cooking from Plenty More, but not ignoring his other books completely. Note that I often massage the recipes to suit what is available from our garden and pantry. For the original recipes, check his books and his Guardian column.

Similar dishes include Crunchy Root Vegetable Slaw, Salad with Swiss Cheese and Rye, Sweetcorn and Tomato Salad, and Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad.

Browse all of our Sweetcorn dishes, our Sweetcorn Salads and all of our Salads. Our Ottolenghi dishes from Plenty More are here. We have written about our experiences cooking through this book. Or explore our Early Winter recipes.

We use Australian measurements: 1 tspn = 5ml; 1 Tblspn = 20ml; 1 cup = 250ml.

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Mooli Kachumber | Daikon Radish, Carrot and Coconut Salad

Kachumbers (or Kachambers) are the freshest of salads, crispy and crunchy, in the Indian cuisine. They dispel the myth that Indian does not use fresh, raw vegetables or include salads. Kachumbers are very easy to make, although some can take a little chopping. With a good food processor, the shredding or chopping is made even easier and quicker.

This salad is daikon radish, carrot and coconut – a fresh and lively taste for late Autumn and into Winter in our part of the world. However, daikon and carrots are available year round, so the vivid salad can grace your Summer table too. Yamuna Devi, in her book Lord Krishna’s Kitchen, has a number of these type of salads in the Little Salads chapter.

Similar recipes include Kachumber, Apple and Grape Kachumber, Carrot Sambol, Baked Millet with Ginger, Pumpkin and Daikon, and Chickpeas and Ginger Kachumber.

Browse all of our Daikon recipes and all of our Indian Salads. All of our Indian recipes are here, and our Indian Essentials are here. Or explore our Late Autumn recipes.

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Pomelo and Carrot Salad

Once again we head to Ottolenghi land, and again play with that delightful and under-used fruit, Pomelo. This time the pomelo is complimented by the sweet-tart pickled carrots and heaps of Asian green herbs. If you can’t find Pomelo (Asian groceries often have them), use Pink Grapefruit.

This is a lovely side for a vegetarian BBQ, a herby bowl of steamed rice, or some Japanese Noodles. Pair it with some freshly deep fried tofu or grilled halloumi. It is a very special salad.

Similar recipes include Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomelo, Pomelo and Ruby Grapefruit Salad with Avocado, Pomelo with Avocado, Pomelo and Green Mango Salad, Glazed Carrots with Cumin and Ginger, and Three Citrus Salad.

Similar Carrot Salads include Chickpea and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, and Carrot and Blueberry Salad. Or try Cherry and Hazelnut Salad.

Have a look at our other Pomelo recipes and our Carrot Salads. You might like to explore other Ottolenghi recipes. All of our Salad recipes are here. Or browse our recipes for Mid Spring.

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Chickpea and Carrot Salad with a Curry Dressing

If you soak and cook some chickpeas and keep them in the freezer, you always have chickpeas for recipes that take your fancy. Or when you cook some, cook twice as many and then use them over the following week in salads, pasta sauces, bakes and other dishes.

Chickpeas are great in salads, and this is a simple, easy salad with celery and carrot – two ingredients usually in your fridge. The dressing has a bit of spice with the use of curry powder. I usually keep some Malay Curry Powder in the cupboards, for use in Malaysian dishes. If you don’t have a generic curry powder, use garam masala.

Have a look at some other Chickpea recipes: Glorious Five Bean Salad, Chickpea Tabbouleh, or Chickpea Sundal. You can also make Baked Chickpeas as a snack.

Are you looking for some Carrot Salads? Have a look at Mung Bean and Baked Carrot Salad, Carrot and Blueberry Salad, and Carrot Sambol. Also try Celery Salad with Sour Grapes and Burrata.

If you are after all Carrot recipes, look here, here for all Celery recipes, and here for all Chickpea recipes.

All of our various Salads are available here, or simply explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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Mushroom and Carrot Salad with Mung Sprouts and Ginger Vinaigrette

A modern mushroom salad

Summer is a delightful season for salads, and we should not resist playing with herbs and vegetables and fruits to create exciting combinations and exquisite dressings. This recipe is a salad that brings contrasting textures and a super vinaigrette. It is a Mushroom-Carrot Salad that exhibits gingery overtones via the perfect dressing

Similar Mushroom recipes include Mushroom Salad with Parmesan, Mushrooms a la Grecque, Caramelised Oyster Mushrooms, Grilled Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, and Stuffed Mushrooms on the BBQ/Grill.

If you are looking for Carrot Recipes, try Mung Bean and Carrot Salad, Moroccan Salad, and Carrot Thoran.

Browse all of our Carrot recipes, all of our Mushroom recipes, and our Salad recipes. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here, our Mushroom Salads are here, and Carrot Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes.

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Vermicelli (Glass Noodles) and Green Mango Salad

This year, Summer declines to do more than peek her head between the clouds about 1 day per week. Today, a couple of days after Xmas, it is cool and wet, with persistent rain. I can do no more than pretend it is Summer and dream of hot days, beaches and cool drinks.

This is a beautiful, light, Summer salad with green mango for tang, peanuts for crunch and vermicelli for bulk.

Similar recipes include Persian Noodles with Eggplant, Saffron and Kashk, Longan and Green Mango SaladPomelo, Green Mango and Pea Eggplant Salad; Jicama and Green Mango Salad; and Jicama, Green Mango and Red Radish Salad.

Or try Glass Noodles with Spinach.

Browse all of our Green Mango dishes, and all of our many and varied Salads. Our Glass Noodle dishes are here. Or explore our easy Early Summer dishes.

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Mung Bean and Baked Carrot Salad

Mung Beans shine in this beautiful salad.

There is a thing about your own cooking that embodies your preferences, and they were built from childhood food experiences, your culture, your climate and  your food journey through life.  So, like it or not, cooking is not formulaic. You twist and turn while following a recipe. You massage it here and there. You add and subtract. You compensate and accentuate. And you cook something that is pleasing to you and to those you love.

So it is with Ottolenghi. I love his recipes, but there are some things that don’t suit my preferences – or my climate. Although he does really well internationalising his dishes, unlike Nigel Slater who unashamedly cooks for an English audience, some things jar with me. For example, his over use of feta when it is not needed to enhance the dish is perhaps a fashion thing. Or maybe to enhance the visuals. Or perhaps the feta is betta in London. Or maybe it is just my preference to use only small amounts.

 

This recipe is great. I so love the way the carrots are cooked, almost a la Grecque style. The lentils are rich in flavour, and the feta, the bit that I did use, provided a lovely tangy contrast to the lentils and carrots.

I did twist and turn a little with the recipe, because Mung Beans are not “stuck in the 1970’s” for me, as the book claims. They are part of my kitchen staples, and I so often make Mung Soup (so easy) and also a range of dishes using Mung Dal (the split mung beans). But the twists and turns were mainly in technique, not in ingredients, although I was tempted to add mustard seeds to the tadka. I didn’t because of the feta. But next time I will leave the feta off and add mustard seeds, and perhaps some ajwain too.

Similar dishes include Honey Roasted Carrots with Citrus Juice and Yoghurt Sauce, Glazed Carrots with Cumin and Ginger, and Carrots and Peas with Green Coriander.

Are you looking for other mung bean dishes? Browse our collection. You will find the recipes for Mung Soup, Mung Salads, and other delights there. Both whole mung beans and split mung dal are included. They both taste so different that it is hard to believe that they are the same lentil. Or explore our Carrot Salads here, and all Carrot recipes here and here.

Or perhaps you are an Ottolenghi fan? Browse our collection of Ottolenghi recipes.

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Moroccan Carrot Salad

Essentially Moroccan. The sweetness of the raisins against the crunchy carrots makes this salad special.

This morning’s salad, made in a matter of moments, colourful and divine, is a Carrot Salad from Morocco.

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Spicy Crunchy Herby Salad with Asian Style Dressing

This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients.

This is a salad to wake you up and enliven your senses. Fueled with chilli, then the heat is softened (a little) with herbs and crunchy ingredients, and then it is dressed with Asian ingredients. Better than coffee, you will be full of energy in no time! 😀😘

You might also like to try Peaches with Asian Flavours, Caramelised, Marinated King Oyster Mushrooms, or Sprouted Mung Bean Sundal/Salad. Browse our Carrot Salads here, and Salads here and here. Be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Carrot and Blueberry Salad

A 5-minute salad that is sweet, sour, crunchy and soft. Delicious.

This is a simple salad, and quite lovely. It’s a 5-minute salad that is sweet, sour, crunchy and soft. Delicious. And so easy to make on the hottest of Summer days.

Browse our Carrot Salad recipes here, and all of our Carrot recipes here and here. Explore our Salad recipes here and here.

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Nilgiri’s Carrot Pachadi | Carrot Raita

Carrots, spices, yoghurt, a delicious side dish to any meal.

There is a thing about Summer in South Australia that is extraordinarily special. Hot dry days, skies streaked with clouds, early mornings made in heaven and evenings made for the beach. Days are made for eating outside, eating with friends and … well, just eating.

This recipe is a current favourites – an Indian Pachadi, or Raita, made with yoghurt. It can be eaten as a salad or as an accompaniment to curries. It takes less than 10 minutes maximum to make, so is a great last-minute addition to anything – it is particularly good to whip up for that last minute invitation to a BBQ somewhere. Take the recipe with you because people will want it.

Similar recipes include Spinach Pachadi, Pomegranate Raita, and Cucumber Pachadi.

You might like to read up on Indian Essentials.  All of the Pachadi recipes are here. Explore our Carrot recipes, and be inspired by our Late Spring recipes.

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Three Different Raitas/Pachadis | Yoghurt Salads

Cooling, tasty, and refreshing raitas.

In Australia, if you see Raita on the menu of an Indian restaurant, it means the ubiquitous Cucumber Raita. Cooling and tasty, it helps those of us unused to the heat of Indian meals to cool our tongue and palate.

Raitas, or Pachadis, are an Indian version of salads.  To call yoghurt the “dressing” of the salad is a bit of a misnomer. It is more than that – it is the carrier of the vegetables and the flavours of the spices. It holds the whole dish together. The vegetables used might be cooked or raw, and in Tamil Nadu they are served near the end of the savoury portion of the meal, just before payasam/dessert/kheer (rather than along with the curries). But feel free to eat more “fusion” and serve raitas as part of a meal, or even part of the entree/ starters.

Similar recipes include Yoghurt with Cucumber and Mint, and Carrot Pachadi.

You can browse our raita and pachadi recipes here and  all Yoghurt dishes here. Explore our Indian recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer dishes.

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Hot Roasted Carrot Salad

A delicious hot carrot salad or side dish, that takes hardly any time to prepare.

Versatile roasted sliced carrots made ahead of time and stored in the fridge can be converted into salads, soups, purees, dips and nibbles.

This recipe takes those roasted carrots and makes a delicious hot carrot salad or side dish that takes hardly any time to prepare.

Similar dishes include Curry Roasted Carrots with Curry Leaves, Lime Leaves and Tart Citrus JuiceHoney Roasted Carrots with Citrus Juice and Yoghurt Sauce, Moroccan Carrot Salad, delicious Carrot Thoran, and Spicy Carrot Side Dish.

You can browse all of the Carrot Salad recipes here. Or browse our carrot recipes. Or explore our Mid Winter recipes.

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Spiced, Honey Roasted Carrots

These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon.

Carrots have been featured at our place lately. Those crunchy orangey happy things go well in juices, in soups, vegetable braises and in salads. They love being boiled, steamed or stirfried, roasted, baked or blasted. Maybe even fried. Definitely dehydrated. They can stand on their own or be part of a flavour base. They can be spiced, glazed, covered in sauce, mashed, chopped fine, grated, sliced into rings. No matter what, they make magic happen.

Today, a recipe for honey roasted carrots. These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon. You are going to love them. The inspiration comes from Community, a book from Arthur Street Kitchen.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Similar recipes include Honey Roasted Carrots with Cumquat Juice and Yoghurt, Glazed Carrots with Cumin and Ginger, and Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses.

You might also like to browse our Carrot recipes , our Salad recipes, and our pre-cooked prep recipes. You will love our Late Autumn recipes too.

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A Wicked Tamarind and Lime Dressing and a Thai Betel Leaf Salad

A wicked, wicked salad.

I remember my first trip to India, travelling the back-roads of Goa with a gorgeous Indian tourist guide for the day. He pointed out some betel nuts drying on the sides of the roads. In all of my naivety, I said to him “Don’t betel nuts make you go funny?” With a sage wiggle of his head, he replied “My dear, there are many things in India that make you go funny.”

How right he is, and not all of them in the hallucinogenic way.

Actually, betel leaves have many uses in India and beyond. Some of them spiritual, some of them artistic, some of them culinary.  Today’s use is in a salad, and it is not Indian, but Thai, with the telltale flavours of sour, sweet and hot melded perfectly together.

I have heard that Betel Leaves are not from the same plant as Betel Nuts, but rather a plant closely related to pepper. They can be eaten raw, and are often used as a wrapping for food in India and Thailand.

You might also want to try Miso Sesame Dressing, Steamed Thai Eggplant and Zucchini, Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Soy, and Ottoleghi’s Steamed Eggplant and Soy Dish.

Our Thai dishes are here, and our Salads here. Be inspired by our Summer dishes here and here.

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