Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrot Salad w/ Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange VinaigretteI received free samples of Breton Gluten-Free Original with Flax and Breton Gluten-Free Herb and Garlic Crackers from Dare Foods Incorporated mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe for Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Dare Foods Incorporated and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

There’s a lot going on in this title.  This, I know.

But, please, oh, please, don’t be scared away, as this springy Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette is actually quite easy to make.

Promise.

Oh. It tastes quite delicious too, although I was a wee bit worried about this, having imagined this salad as several different parts, but not quite sure how it would come together as a whole.

Oh, but it does!

Sweet, earthy, tangy, crunchy, creamy..

All the ingredients in this main dish salad pair together most deliciously!

All you need to do, is grab a bunch of the cutest petite carrots you can find…

Petite Red Orange CarrotsI am calling these “petite carrots” but I really don’t know what they’re actually named. Do you???

Roasted Petite CarrotsThen rub ‘em up with a smidge of coconut oil, plus S & P {Salt and Pepper…not Standard and Poors}, and roast away.

Meanwhile you can whip up the blood orange vinaigrette…

Blood Orange VinaigretteThen pulverize some pistachio nuts with some delicious Breton Herb and Garlic Gluten-Free Crackers.

Pistachios and Breton Gluten-Free Herb and garlic CrackersWhich, by-the-way, is the real reason we’re here today…

For the crackers!

Breton Gluten-Free CrackersIn honor of this month’s Recipe ReDux contest, and Celiac Awareness Month, I’m excited to share these Breton Gluten-Free Crackers with you, because, oh my goodness, they are really quite tasty!

Eating a gluten-free diet myself now for over 6 years, and counseling celiac and gluten-sensitive clients on how to safely enjoy a healthy and delicious gluten-free diet, I have pretty much tasted every gluten-free cracker out there.

And, while I have to say, there are several nutritious and delicious ones that I really like and recommend to clients, up until now, I haven’t found a gluten-free cracker that LOOKS and TASTES like a pretty, flaky REGULAR cracker.

I’m talking about the kind of cracker you can serve at a gourmet cheese and cracker party, and no one will be the wiser.

These Breton Gluten-Free Cracker in Garlic Herb and Original with Flax, should most definitely be on your list of new gluten-free products to try!

Now, on to the recipe…

Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Cream, crunchy, tangy, sweet...this Roasted Carrot Salad with Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese and Blood Orange Vinaigrette combines all the flavors for a delicious, and nutritious main dish salad.

Ingredients

  • Roasted Carrots
  • 1 bunch petite carrots {about 20} peeled and trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese
  • 8 Breton Gluten-Free Herb and Garlic Crackers
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, dry roasted pistachio nuts
  • ~4 ounces goat cheese sliced in to 8- 1/4 inch rounds
  • Blood Orange Vinaigrette
  • Juice from 1 blood orange
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • Roasted Carrots {above}
  • Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese {above}
  • Blood Orange Vinaigrette {above}
  • Extra pistachio/herb cracker crumbs to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Place carrots on a baking sheet, rub coconut oil on them and sprinkle with salt and ground black pepper. Place in oven and roast for ~20 minutes.
  2. While the carrots are roasting, prepare the Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese. Place pistachio nuts and crackers in a food processor, and process until the mixture is finely chopped, then place in a pie pan or shallow bowl. Slice goat cheese in to 1/4 inch slices, dip in a little water {this allows more crumbs to stick}, then dip in the nut/cracker mixture coating all the sides. Set aside until ready to assemble the salad.
  3. Make the vinaigrette by combining the blood orange juice, olive oil, golden balsamic vinegar, turmeric, salt and pepper in a jar, then shake well, with the lid on, until well combined.
  4. When the carrots have finished roasting, assemble the salads by dividing the baby spinach between two plates. Top each plate w/ half the roasted carrots {~ 10 per plate}, 4 pieces of the Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese, 2 tablespoons of the blood orange vinaigrette, and sprinkle any additional pistachio/cracker crumbs on top of each salad.
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Roasted Carrot Salad w/ Pistachio Herbed Goat Cheese & Blood Orange VinaigretteNutrition Notes: Gluten-free and vegetarian, plus rich in  phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Simple, satisfying, and delicious!

And, just as a reminder, this month is Celiac Awareness Month.  I plan on sharing more with you next week, including some of the latest research and statistics on celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity, along with my favorite gluten-free resources, but in the mean time, please check out this FANTASTIC Celiac Awareness Month Toolkit from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, and please help spread the word!

Were you aware that it is Celiac Awareness Month?  Have you tried the Breton Gluten-Free Crackers before? What would you make with these crackers???

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Comments

  1. Yum, yum, yum! Yes please!

  2. Those carrots are just too pretty! I love the vinaigrette, it sounds fabulous for your salad! Your salad sounds AWESOME! Guess what? I made an almond flour pizza crust last night, and it was so delicious! Hope you are having a great week, Hugs, Terra

    • They’re happy carrots, aren’t they Terra? I love them too :-) My week is going great-thanks! Much less stressful than last week/weekend, so definitely enjoying it. Hope you’re having a fabulous week too! xoxo

  3. What a great idea to pair the goats cheese with blood orange, and it all looks so pretty and fresh. Lovely flavour harmony in this dish xx

    • Thanks so much Deena! The flavors really do pair together nicely. If only my kids had that much harmony with each other, things would be so nice :-) Cheers!

  4. What a gorgeous salad! Those little goat cheese bites are calling my name.

  5. Gorgeous carrots! I always grab heirloom-ish carrots when I see them as they really lift any dish they are in. This recipe sounds great and I a knew – even with the long title (a woman after my own heart!) – that it would be simple, and simply delicious. I hope you win!! And anything with goats cheese always has my vote.

  6. I love every single thing about this salad :)

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