Happy carrot salad

Mood food, that's what this is. You know those recipes that give you a giggle just thinking about their name? Bubble & Squeak, Spotted Dick, Toad in the Hole...
It's a big claim I know, but somehow this simple little salad - with its sticky sesame, crunchy carrot and squidgy sultana and spicy surprise - scores every time.

So what's so special about this happy little helper?

Well, apart from the 'fabulous five' tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (my new favourite word, it's Japanese and describes the pleasant taste that you can't quite put your finger on)), it has these healthy benefits too:

Carrots are filled with beta carotene, an important antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and strengthens your immune system.
Sesame seeds are a valuable source of manganese, which is needed for bone structure and proper digestion.
The fresh Coriander is filled with detoxifying chlorophyll and antioxidants.

Happy Carrot Salad (adapted from the LEON Ingredients book)

3 large British carrots, grated.
2 oz toasted sesame seeds.
Good handful raisins.
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, or 1 tsp sugar and 1/2 a red chilli.
Juice and zest of 2 limes.
1 tbsp sesame oil.
1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped finely. You can also add parsley or mint.

1. Combine all the ingredients into a big bowl and mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste. It tastes even better when it's been left to macerate overnight.


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