Our Best Carrot Recipes, From Soup to Dessert
In Season: Carrots are available year-round, but are at their peak from March through October.
What to Look For: There's a whole spectrum of carrots, including red, yellow, and purple varieties, each with its own visual and nutritional appeal. Choose carrots that are smooth, firm, and free of cracks and have bright, fresh-looking tops. The tops themselves can be tasty and pretty; if you're preparing carrots simply (steaming them, for example, or serving them as crudites), you might leave tops intact. Remove them for storage, however, as they can affect the root's moisture and flavor.
How to Store: Carrots generally taste best when recently harvested. Cut off the tops, and keep the carrots in a sealed plastic bag in the crisper for up to two weeks. If they become limp, refresh them in a bowl of ice water.
Roasted Carrots with Chimichurri
Chimichurri, a garlicky, zesty herb sauce that hails from Argentina, makes a delicious foil for tender roasted carrots.
Sweet potato adds heft and more vibrant orange color to this boldly flavored soup that also calls for fresh ginger, coconut oil, and a swirl of yogurt at the end.
Carrots are roasted along with another member of the root vegetable family -- beets -- and used to top a phyllo tart with a creamy hazelnut-cilantro chermoula filling.
A guaranteed showstopper! Lemon juice, fresh thyme, and a pinch of allspice make all the difference in this savory souffle.
Roasted Carrots with Parsley Yogurt
Fresh parsley and mint pull double duty here -- they're pureed with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil for the sauce, and served whole with roasted carrots and crumbled feta.
Carrot-Ginger Layer Cake with Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting
The piece de resistance in this spectacular dessert? The colorful candied carrot ribbons that wrap around and top the cake.
Carrot-Spinach Soup with Dill
This restorative soup is packed with good-for-you ingredients: carrots, green beans, baby spinach, fresh dill, and the healthy spice du jour, turmeric.
Carrot Ribbons with Sesame
Humble carrots need nothing more than toasted sesame oil and seeds, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of sea salt to become an impressive side dish.
Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies
We've transformed everyone's favorite cake into an equally crowd-pleasing cookie. Grated carrots, chopped pecans, golden raisins, and rolled oats form the hearty base, and goat cheese swirled with apricot jam makes an intriguing filling.
A couple tablespoons of yogurt add a subtle tanginess to these cupcakes and keep them nice and moist. Skip the cream cheese frosting, and you can totally get away with serving these for breakfast.
Carrots are truly the star of this side dish -- they're the only ingredient besides salt and pepper.
Roast Pork Loin with Carrots and Mustard Gravy
Carrots and shallots roasted at a high heat along with fragrant fresh rosemary make the perfect accompaniment for juicy pork loin.
Chilled Carrot Soup
Toasted breadcrumbs and thinly sliced baby carrots add a crunchy counterpoint to this refreshing pureed soup.
Carrot Tea Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Not just for tea time, this cinnamon- and nutmeg-spiced carrot cake would make a delectable treat any time of day.
Cheddar Carrot Balls
Sneak some grated carrot into kid-friendly cheddar-and-cream-cheese balls for a healthy after-school snack.