From creamy soups to creative desserts, these tasty recipes take the veggie beyond a simple carrot-stick snack
Tender carrots and crunchy pecans get tossed in a sweet brown sugar and ginger glaze for a quick side dish that's easy and
Recipe: Glazed Carrots with Pecans
Put 1 tbsp. fresh lavender blossoms, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until very warm, then stir to dissolve sugar. Let sit at least 20 minutes but no more than 1 hour, then strain syrup. Pour 1/4 cup syrup, 1/2 cup carrot juice, and 1/2 cup potato vodka such as Blue Ice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well to blend, then strain into 2 martini glasses. Garnish glasses with lavender sprigs. Chill remaining syrup to use another time.
Slicing the carrots is fastest on a classic French- or Japanese-style mandoline, but you can also use a vegetable peeler.
Recipe: Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad
Sweet carrots pair perfectly with the deep earthiness of curry. Using baby carrots speeds up the cooking time.
Recipe: Curried Carrot Coconut Soup
San Francisco Bay Area chef and cookbook author Joanne Weir gave us this tender-crisp pickle. It’s good served with raw vegetables
alongside dips at a party.
Recipe: Mustard and Ginger Pickled Carrots
The warm spices of this one-pan dinner complement the roasted carrots.
Recipe: Moroccan Chicken and Carrots
Garlic, green olives, thyme, and parsley turn everyday carrots into an elegant side dish.
Recipe: Glazed Carrots with Green Olives
Spring sprouts, such as sunflower sprouts, give salads a peppery bite.
Recipe: Spicy Sunflower Salad with Carrot Dressing
This tangy dish makes a great side for roast meats.
Recipe: Braised Carrots with Oranges and Capers
Rather than stirring the herbs into the soup, try setting out bowls of dill and tarragon--along with some crème fraîche or
sour cream for dolloping--and let guests do the garnishing themselves.
Recipe: Herbed Carrot Soup
Its sweet note of honey and its aromatic cumin seeds give this salad a Moorish character. The sharp, nutty manchego cheese
shavings add another taste of Spain.
Recipe: Carrot Manchego Salad
Tender potatoes and carrots need very little fussing over. Simply roast them and toss with thyme and butter for an easy side
Recipe: Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme
Get the most out of great fresh carrots by making pesto out of their tops.
Recipe: Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto
Fun and portable, this easy dessert stuffs sweet cream cheese icing between two flat cylinders of spiced carrot cake.
Recipe: Inside-Out Carrot Cakes
Tart, grated apples give this moist carrot cake a delicious twist. Mild goat cheese adds a tang to the cream cheese frosting.
Recipe: Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting
Forget dry and dutiful; these whole-wheat muffins are incredibly moist. The trick is heating the carrots and raisins in water,
which softens them nicely before they’re added to the flour mixture.
Recipe: Miracle Carrot Muffins