Carrots are available year round, which might explain why they’re such a kitchen staple. But they’re not just for dipping into hummus. They’re a great fit for holiday dinners, too — think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or Easter.
And while they’re most famous for their vitamin A content, there are many other nutrients in carrots. They include biotin, vitamin K, fiber, potassium, vitamin B-6, copper, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Here are 11 carrot recipes that will help you realize the full potential of these crunchy delights.
Ginger, Citrus and Black Sesame Carrots
Simple ingredients with big taste. Ginger is paired with carrots to create this clean eating salad from The First Mess. The ginger citrus dressing adds the perfect, flavorful touch for a versatile salad that allows you to eat colorfully and healthfully.
Carrot Rice Noodle Bowl
This noodle bowl recipe features carrots along with a tangy tahini-sriracha sauce. Its combination of rice noodles along with vegetable-peeled carrot ribbons gives it a hearty texture. Erin of Naturally Ella recommends preparing the bowl right before eating, because the rice noodles soak up all the sauce.
Rosemary Roasted Carrots
This side dish from Oh My Veggies blends the texture and nutritional value of roasted carrots with rosemary. When you use heirloom or rainbow carrots, it can give your holiday table some serious Martha Stewart points.
Roasted Carrot, Chickpea, and Halloumi Salad
From Plant-Based Pixie, this side salad — which tops the salty Cypriot cheese halloumi with lemon, paprika, and cumin — could also work as a meal of its own. For crunch and texture, this salad can’t be beat.
Curried Carrot Soup
Topped with roasted pumpkin seeds, chilled coconut milk, and fresh cilantro, this carrot soup serves up a distinctive combo that is perfect for a holiday supper. Fans of spicy will be asking for seconds.
Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Wish you could have carrot cake for breakfast every day? This carrot cake oatmeal recipe is free of refined sugar and loaded with healthy carrots. Add a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.
Thai Red Curry Lentils with Cauliflower and Carrot
Looking for a healthy comfort food alternative with plenty of flavor? This recipe is high in plant-based protein and fiber while being naturally low in fat. It can be served over noodles or rice, with bread, or enjoyed as is.
Thyme Honey-Glazed Carrots
Want another idea for a stunning side dish that livens up your table for the holidays? Try these thyme honey-glazed carrots. Lemon zest on top gives it an upscale, appetizing appearance, but this side dish is quite easy to put together.
Carrot, Ginger, and Butternut Squash Soup
This seasonal delight combines butternut squash with carrots, vegetable stock, and a few other ingredients — milk is optional — into a silky soup that’s filling and packed with flavor. Janice, the blogger who put together this recipe, notes that grating the ginger fresh out of the freezer gives the soup its flavorful warmth.
Want to keep a great side dish at the ready that you can enjoy any time of year? This one may go well as an appetizer but it could also do double duty as a side dish.
Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup
Carrots and ginger are a spectacular combination that comes to life in this smooth, silky soup. Prepare it as a traditional vegan carrot ginger soup or add in some jalapeno and serrano pepper for an extra kick. Soy milk is used to give it a creamy texture, regardless of how you enjoy it.