16 satisfying ways with carrots

From creamy soups to creative desserts, these tasty recipes take the veggie beyond a simple carrot-stick snack

A Thanksgiving side dish of Glazed Carrots and Pecans

Photography by James Baigrie; styling by Randy Mon

Glazed Carrots and Pecans

Tender carrots and crunchy pecans get tossed in a sweet brown sugar and ginger glaze for a quick side dish that's easy and delicious.

Recipe:  Glazed Carrots with Pecans

Carrotini

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Carrotini

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.

Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad

Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Rainbow Carrot, Pea Shoot, and Chicken Salad

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

Curried Carrot Coconut Soup

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Stephanie Dean

Curried Carrot Coconut Soup

Sweet carrots pair perfectly with the deep earthiness of curry. Using baby carrots speeds up the cooking time.

Recipe: Curried Carrot Coconut Soup

Mustard and Ginger Pickled Carrots

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; styling by Robyn Valarik; written by Elaine Johnson

Mustard and Ginger Pickled Carrots

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

Moroccan Chicken and Carrots

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Moroccan Chicken and Carrots

The warm spices of this one-pan dinner complement the roasted carrots.

Recipe: Moroccan Chicken and Carrots

Sweet glazed carrots with green olives made in a slow cooker.

Christina Schmidhofer

Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

Garlic, green olives, thyme, and parsley turn everyday carrots into an elegant side dish.

Recipe:  Glazed Carrots with Green Olives

Spicy Sunflower Salad with Carrot Dressing

Photo by James Baigrie; written by Stephanie Dean

Spicy Sunflower Salad with Carrot Dressing

Spring sprouts, such as sunflower sprouts, give salads a peppery bite.

Recipe: Spicy Sunflower Salad with Carrot Dressing

Braised Carrots with Oranges and Capers

Photo by Dan Goldberg

Braised Carrots with Oranges and Capers

This tangy dish makes a great side for roast meats.

Recipe: Braised Carrots with Oranges and Capers

Herbed Carrot Soup

David Prince

Herbed Carrot Soup

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

Carrot Manchego Salad

Annabelle Breakey

Carrot Manchego Salad

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 

Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

Tender potatoes and carrots need very little fussing over. Simply roast them and toss with thyme and butter for an easy side dish.

Recipe: Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Get the most out of great fresh carrots by making pesto out of their tops.

Recipe: Velvety Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Inside-Out Carrot Cakes

Photo by Annabelle Breakey

Inside-Out Carrot Cakes

Fun and portable, this easy dessert stuffs sweet cream cheese icing between two flat cylinders of spiced carrot cake.

Recipe: Inside-Out Carrot Cakes

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

Photo by Leo Gong

Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

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

Miracle Carrot Muffins

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Miracle Carrot Muffins

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

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