12 Crunchy, Flavor-Packed Carrot Recipes
Even young palates won’t protest the carrot's sweet, crunchy bite. While the bright orange supermarket variety claims mass popularity, heirloom carrots come in a rainbow of colors, from white to yellow to purple, as well as squat, irregular shapes. This versatile vegetable can go far beyond the ubiquitous crudité platter; we like them grated raw with honey and spices for a punchy salad, roasted with orange zest, and baked into sweet cakes and breads. Though not widely used, the leaves of the plant are edible and have a flavor similar to curly parsley; use them to garnish carrot dishes, toss into salads, or throw into soup stock to add earthy pungency. Matt Taylor-Gross
This simple, riffable Indian carrot salad—fragrant with curry leaves, mustard seeds, and lime juice—lets the spices truly shine. Get the recipe for
Mustard Seed and Curry Leaf Carrot Salad
The dark-purple, orange, and yellow carrots of Polignano—a town north of Ostuni on Italy’s Adriatic coast—have a startlingly bright color and punchy flavor. But any colorful, tender carrot will do. Goggi tops this salad with a tart, preserved-lemon vinaigrette, some cumin, mounds of burrata, and pomegranate seeds. “Pomegranates grow wild all over Italy, but Italians typically don’t use them,” she says.
Get the recipe for Radicchio and Polignano Carrot Salad with Burrata and Pomegranate »
“Borscht was traditionally a fermented soup,” says Cortney Burns, who adapted the classic beet base to one featuring a combination of fresh and fermented carrots and beets instead. “The warming spices, fresh ginger, and alliums bring out the natural sweet flavor of the carrots,” she says. Burns tops her soup with anything from salt-brined caraway to shredded or wilted vegetables, pickled ginger, dill, or yogurt, but play around with combinations you like. For a red version, use purple or red carrots and red beets. For a yellow version, use yellow carrots and golden beets. Pass the finished soup through a fine-mesh sieve for a completely silky texture.
Get the recipe for Fermented Carrot Borscht with Ginger and Turmeric »
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This spicy carrot ginger soup is an easy winter weeknight meal. See the recipe for
Carrot Soup with Leeks and Ginger
Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint
Tahini’s nutty, luxurious properties don’t stop at hummus. Keep the sesame paste flowing with this vibrant, creamy carrot purée.
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Carrots are roasted before being topped with crunchy pistachios and a sweet fig vinaigrette in a simple salad from Eli and Max Sussman’s
Classic Recipes for Modern People (Olive Press, 2015). Get the recipe for Carrot and Pistachio Salad »
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This version of the cake is a potluck and bake sale favorite; the addition of crushed pineapple helps to keep it sweet and moist.
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