Mediterranean Carrot Salad

, recipe courtesy Fine Cooking


2 lb. carrots, peeled                                                      1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp mustard seeds                                                   1/4 tsp coriander seeds
1/8 tsp cardamom seeds (from 1 or 2 pods)                  2 cloves garlic
1 tsp kosher salt                                                           2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1 TBSP sherry vinegar                                                  1/8 tsp cayenne
1/2 to 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil                                Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh chives


Using a sharp knife or mandoline, cut the carrots into a thin julienne, about 1/16 inch thick and about 2 inches long (or shred them with a coarse grater). Grind the fennel, mustard, coriander, and cardamom seeds in a spice grinder or coffee grinder. In a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic with the salt to a paste. (Alternatively, smash the garlic on the cutting board with the side of a broad knife. Sprinkle it with the salt and work it into a paste with a fork.) In a large bowl, combine the garlic paste, lemon juice, and vinegar. Whisk in the cayenne, the ground seeds, and the olive oil. Add the carrots and toss to coat. Allow to marinate for at least 15 min. and up to an hour. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Divide the salad among four plates, sprinkle with pepper, and garnish with the minced chives.