I’m not a big fan of microwaving, but in this case, it preserves both vegetables’ deep color and nutrients as it speeds cooking. The honey and sweet sherry accents temper the bitter broccoli raab for a side dish that’s fast, fresh, pretty.
1 hearty bunchbroccoli raab (1pound plus)
About 1pound fairly thin medium carrots (weighed without tops)
1tablespoonsweet sherry or sweet vermouth
1tablespooncider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
⅛ to ¼teaspoon ground hot pepper
2tablespoonspeanut or corn oil
1tablespoonAsian (dark) sesame oil
Cut a slice from broccoli raab base and taste to determine toughness. If fairly tender, trim only ½ inch or so from stalks; if tough, trim more. Wash vegetable in several changes of water, lifting out so debris settles. Without drying, spread in microwavable serving dish. Cover with plastic wrap and cook for 2 minutes. Toss, then continue cooking until not quite done, 1 to 2 minutes more. Pierce plastic and allow to cool.
Peel carrots. Place in microwavable dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Cook just until carrots lose their raw crunch but are not cooked through—1½ to 2 minutes. Pierce plastic and cool slightly.
In a small dish, mix sherry, vinegar, honey, salt, and hot pepper to taste, stirring to blend. Add peanut and sesame oils.
Line up broccoli raab stems on cutting board. Cut apart from tops (the florets and leaves). Squeeze tops dry, then blot with towel. Cut into very thin shreds; return to dish. Slice stems on a sharp angle to form long oblongs ⅛ inch thick; add to dish. Cut carrots the same way and add to dish. Toss with dressing, Season. Chill.