Turkish carrot salad with garlic yogurt

    1 hour 40 minutes

    Cooked or raw carrots were first used in salads in north-western Africa. This salad is good served with warmed pita bread. Serve garnished with parsley.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 cups Greek–style yogurt
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice (or more, as liked)
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • flat–leaf parsley sprigs, for garnish

    Preparation:1hour30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Line a large colander with coffee filter paper or muslin; place over a large bowl. Spoon yogurt into sieve. Strain 20 minutes.
    2. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add carrots, cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until almost soft. Remove from heat; leave to cool.
    3. Combine strained yogurt and carrots in a serving bowl. Add garlic and 2 tablespoons lemon juice; toss. Add more lemon juice, if needed, and salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Cover salad and chill for at least 1 hour. Taste again just before serving, adding lemon juice, salt and pepper, as liked.

    cook's tip

    If you choose to use low–fat yogurt, it will stay runny after straining. Ideally, use a thick, Greek–style, full–fat yogurt to achieve the right consistency.

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