Warm Carrot Salad

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Spring provides plenty of fresh agricultural bounty here in Connecticut, but also gives us the opportunity to finish off some of winter’s remaining root vegetables and other stored crops. This spring salad – mixed with some of winter’s holdover carrots and Gilbertie’s delicious, fresh microgreens – is a wonderful way to welcome warmer weather! For more insight into the recipe and to enjoy a tour of Gilbertie’s Herb Garden, check out Chef Plum’s visit in the latest episode of Edible Nutmeg on the Road.

Serves 4


  • ENotR_carrotSalad1 bag of colored heirloom carrots
  • 1 container of Gilbirtie’s mixed greens
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Par boil the carrots in salted boiling water until just tender. Dry the carrots off.
  2. Cook the bacon and remove the cooked bacon from the pan. Brown the carrots and cumin seeds in the bacon fat and leave the fat in the pan. Remove the carrots and season with a little salt.
  3. Add the mustard and the lemon juice to the pan with the bacon fat and whisk together until it emulsifies. Season with a little salt and black pepper.
  4. Toss the Gilbirtie’s greens in the olive oil and divide onto four plates. Place warm carrots, a little ricotta, sliced avocado, and shallots on each plate. Spoon a little bit of the bacon dressing on each and garnish with thyme leaves.

> Gilbertie’s Herb Garden: 7 Sylvan Ln., Westport; 203-227-4175; petiteedibles.com

Chef Plum has a passion for simple, easy, farm foods, believing great food doesn’t need gimmicks. Plum’s latest brainchild, the award winning “Dinner Underground,” has brought a series of pop-up restaurants to Connecticut, and he is the first chef to ever host a pop up restaurant inside the walls of mall kitchen giant Williams-Sonoma.

Chef Plum is a regular on “BetterCT” on WFSB, FoxCT, Food Network, Star 99.9 and the nationally syndicated shows, “Better” and “Arise 360”.