6 Quick Ways to Serve Carrots This Spring
Crisp, versatile and exceptionally rich in vitamin A, carrots are a strong ally on busy weeknights, well worth utilizing all year long — not just in the throes of winter, when root vegetables dominate the produce scene. A few additional items like cheese, toasted nuts and fresh herbs can help to break the crunchy orange veggie out of its overplayed role as a garnish or crudite-platter staple and elevate it as the star component of flavorsome spring dishes. Whether glazed, roasted, pureed or shaved into ribbons, these quick carrot sides are great in a pinch, no matter what entree you’re planning to serve.
Carrots add natural sweetness and, most importantly, antioxidants to this fresh, low-calorie salad. Toss the delicate orange ribbons with feta and chopped dates for a salty-sweet element, then let it rest so that the flavors marry while you prepare the main course. Don’t forget to toss in some toasted almonds, for crunch.
Break carrots out of their winter funk with this gorgeous produce medley that requires just 10 minutes of prep work. Pop the seasoned carrots in the oven for half an hour — meanwhile, you can start on the main course. Before serving, add some creamy cubed avocado and a few orange slices for a tart burst of flavor.
Guy Fieri’s easy carrot soup has less than 200 calories per serving but is still thick and rich, thanks to low-fat Greek yogurt. Add a touch of honey to the mix to highlight the root vegetables’ sweetness.
Ina Garten recommends cutting the carrots diagonally into large chunks, since they will shrink quite a bit while roasting in the oven. Before serving, toss the carrots with chopped dill or parsley.
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend made with toasted sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram and sumac. In Food Network Magazine’s 20-minute side, it’s used to intensify the carrots’ subtle earthiness.
Melissa d’Arabian’s 30-minute side dish can turn even the pickiest eater into a carrot lover, thanks to her tasty and approachable dressing made with lemon juice, butter, brown sugar and parsley.
For more creative carrot sides, check out these recipes from our friends:
The Lemon Bowl: Vermicelli Noodle Bowls with Shrimp
TasteBook: Carrot Ravioli with Vadouvan Butter and Carrot Top Pesto
Feed Me Phoebe: Salmon Poke Bowls with Pickled Carrots, Avocado and Spicy Ponzu
Taste with the Eyes: Chickpea Spaghetti with Roasted Carrots, Cilantro Dill Pesto #glutenfreevegan
Red or Green: Healthy Spicy Carrot Fries
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Citrus Carrots with Ginger