Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad with Lemon-Honey Dressing

Several years ago, on a whim, I bought the Rose Bakery's cookbook. Over the years, I’ve made nearly every recipe from this humble collection and I haven’t been disappointed once. Simplicity and freshness are at the heart of each recipe; real ingredients, no fuss preparation, amazing taste. This carrot and sunflower seed salad embodies our food philosophy perfectly. Although the ingredients themselves aren’t unique, the combination is rather unusual and addicting (and inexpensive to make). If you're ever in London or Paris, be sure to stop by their charming (yet hard-to-find) cafe. Coincidentally, their carrot cake is also out of this world. 

 Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing | Gluten-free and paleo. | Loveleaf Co.

Carrot and Sunflower Seed Salad
with Lemon-Honey Dressing

INGREDIENTS

THE SALAD

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon plus pinch of salt
  • 8 medium carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup of scallions, light green and white parts only, chopped

LEMON-HONEY DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

TOAST THE SEEDS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Season the seeds with a pinch of salt and spread evenly on a baking tray.
  3. Bake seeds for approximately 15 minutes until they are lightly toasted, turning every 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

MAKE THE DRESSING

  1. Whisk lemon juice, salt, pepper and honey until smooth. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until emulsified.

ASSEMBLE THE SALAD

  1. Place carrots and scallions in a large mixing bowl, pour on dressing and mix well.
  2. Add cooled seeds and lightly mix again.

NOTES

Save time! Buy roasted sunflower seeds so you don't have to toast them at home.

Make it vegan! Replace the honey with another liquid sweetener, like agave syrup or maple syrup. Adapted from the Rose Bakery Cookbook.