Carrot Salad and Coriander Salad

October 17, 2012

Carrot Salad

Some of the best meals I eat are those shared with Jennie. And most of the time, they are things we rustle up while preparing for the pop-up lunches that we do every week or so under the Friday Lunches* banner.

Last week when we were out and about putting ingredients together for the sandwiches (we made one with prosciutto, roasted zucchini, artichokes, arugula and honey-thyme goat cheese with hazelnuts), we spotted some gorgeous carrots at the market. I’m no fan of carrots, but these were too pretty not to play with. We bought a carrot in every colour: orange, yellow white and purple, and Jennie made a salad with a maple-lemon dressing. I imagine raisins, nice and plump, soaked in hot water for a while along with a sprinkling of toasted, ground cumin will only elevate the salad. And then maybe a few dollops of fresh goat cheese?

I also wanted to let you know that I finally have an app for the blog! YAY. All you have to do it scan the QR code on you see in the sidebar and it’ll do your work for you. I’ve also put down a step-by-step guide if you need a little hand holding. The app works on Android and iOS phones.

Carrot Salad
Serves 2

4 carrots, peeled
1 bunch coriander/cilantro
1 lemon
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt

  1. Using a vegetable peeler shave the carrot along the length of it.
  2. Coarsely chop the coriander leaves.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon, maple syrup and olive oil.
  4. Toss the carrots and coriander in a bowl with the dressing.
  5. Sprinkle generously with the sea salt.
  6. Serve immediately (or the purple carrots will colour all the other carrots).

* If you’re in Paris and would like us to cater to your breakfast/brunch/lunch/ tea/dinner party, send us an email at


  • Reply Laavanya Gagarin October 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    The photograph speaks it all.Never thought a salad would look so amazing.Will definitely try your recipe :)

  • Reply Nandita October 18, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    The salad looks very tempting with all those vibrant colours Shaheen. Loved the recipe :)

  • Reply Amoolya October 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Your writing has become more understated and yet more beautiful. your experiences are interesting, the pictures are of course top notch, and you got yourself through to cooking school, and are now catering, in Paris, to Parisians?? Wow, girl. You’re the shizz :)

  • Reply Tejasvi October 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Such a Beautiful salad shaheen!! and the phone app is awesome news :)

  • Reply Ann Mah October 19, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    A beautiful rainbow of carrots! I love those purple carrots but find them weird and particular to work with. But shaving is the best way to make the most of their color — and I love the thought of maple dressing. Hooray for the app!

    • Reply Shaheen October 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Thanks so much, Ann! :)

  • Reply Shema George October 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    That carrot salad looks very inviting.. love the addition of maple syrup….Glad to hear about the app
    I have been following your blog for quite sometime…
    I also share the same passion of food blogging as you do…will be glad to have you over…

  • Reply Charul @ Tadka Masala October 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    The salad looks amazing Shaheen. And congrats for the app. :)

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  • Reply Shilpa October 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    You are absolutely inspiring. Loved your Friday Lunches concept. You make it sound all so simple. Cheers to you!!

  • Reply Kiran @ October 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Mmm…. I love carrot salad and this looks so delicious with different colors and textures.

    Congrats on the blog app — need to get one of those for my blogs too!

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    That’s an amazing looking salad and good luck with the app!

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