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Carrot and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Seeds

[Photograph: John Kernick]

Upon receiving a copy of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Home Cooking with Jean-Georges, there was something quite familiar about this particular Carrot and Avocado Salad with Crunchy Seeds. After a bit of poking around I realized that it was the very same salad served at ABC Kitchen. Vongerichten called it "the dish that elicited the most wows from the table." Quite a tall order considering the health-nutty sprouts and seeds. But with an endorsement like that, you have to make it.

Adapted for the home kitchen, the salad is tweaked from the restaurant version, but cumin roasted carrots, creamy slices of avocado, and scattering of crunchy seeds are all there and genius together—spicy, sweet, nutty, and creamy and just shy of being one hundred percent good for you thanks to a welcome dollop of cool and tangy sour cream.

Of course, this salad is essentially two recipes in one: the cumin roasted carrots and the salad. On their own the carrots are exciting; eoasting brings out their sweetness but the mashed cumin, chile, garlic and thyme paste that they're roasted in brings out a level of worldliness not often seen in a carroty side.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Home Cooking with Jean-Georges to give away this week.

Adapted from Home Cooking with Jean-Georges by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Copyright © 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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