A barbecued salad from the editors behind the One-Block Diet blog.
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp red-wine vinegar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1-1/2 lb. carrots*
3 green onions, ends trimmed and halved crosswise
* Nantes carrots were grown for this recipe, an exceptionally sweet and juicy French variety with rounded tips. You can often find them at farmers markets.
Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and 2 tbsp of the thyme leaves. Add the carrots and green onions, turn to coat evenly, and marinate at room temperature for about 1 hour.
Step 2: Prepare a grill for medium heat (350-450°F; you should be able to hold your hand above the cooking grate for only 5 to 7 seconds).
Step 3: Lift the carrots out of the marinade onto the grill and cook, turning often with tongs, until charred on all sides and tender when poked with a paring knife, about 10 minutes for smaller carrots and 15 minutes for larger ones. About 5 minutes before the carrots have finished cooking, lift the green onions out of the marinade, reserving the marinade, and cook them, turning once, until charred and softened on both sides, about 5 minutes total. As the carrots and green onions are done, return them to the marinade.
Step 4: Transfer the carrots to a cutting board and cut each carrot on the diagonal into 3 equal pieces. Return the carrot pieces to the marinade and toss with the onions.
Step 5: Arrange the carrots and green onions on a large serving platter (discard the marinade) and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp thyme leaves.
Reprinted with permission from Margo True and Sunset Magazine's The One-Block Feast (2011 Ten Speed Press).