Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing

by on May 6, 2014

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Last week we had a heat wave that lasted five days of hot, dry, Santa-Ana windy weather above 95 degrees. We were dying over here, so to make it bearable we ate lots of blackberry mojito pops. That’s how to cool down and freshen spirits in style! But mojito pops wasn’t all that we nourished on, especially when Spring vegetables are plentiful and perfect. We’re always trying to find balance and variety in our diet. If we indulge in cocktails, we make sure to add some carrots for health.

Spring Roasted Carrots Recipe with Mint Lemon Dressing on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Tender spring vegetables are such a welcome treat to the table. It’s when vegetables are their sweetest and wonderful when eaten raw. But sometimes we overload on a batch of a single vegetable that sometimes we have to get creative to recycle some of the overload of produce sitting in the fridge. Consider carrots one of them. It’s hard to not pass up a gorgeous and perfectly crisp bunch of carrots at the market. Just looking at them in their fresh, green-topped, glory makes us feel a bunch of hungry bunnies.

Spring Roasted Carrots Recipe with Mint Lemon Dressing on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

For a quick vegetable side dish we roasted some carrots and added a variation of one of our favorite lemon parsley dressings, but this time with mint. Spring and mint pair so well together, so it made sense all around to serve these delicious roasted carrots with our easy mint lemon dressing.

Spring Roasted Carrots Recipe with Mint Lemon Dressing on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

We love this dish and it’s going to be a great side salad to our wood-fired oven menu. Yes, finally! After seven years of planning and researching, we’re finally building a traditional wood-fired oven! Friends, please excuse us, we’re geeking out over here. You all have no idea how long it’s taken us to plan this epic project. It’s not just any wood-fired oven, it’s a traditional one that’s brick laid in France. It’s going to be a part of our new outdoor wood-fired oven kitchen where we’ll attempt to make (and not burn- just char a bit ;)) wood-fired breads, pastries and roasts. Pizza, of course is included!

Spring Roasted Carrots Recipe with Mint Lemon Dressing on WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

We’ll be sharing up dates on our wood-fired oven progress. Fingers crossed it’ll come out straight and not crooked! In the meantime, hope you are enjoying Spring, glorious produce and this awesome roasted carrot recipe.

hugs,

diane and todd

 Roasted Carrots with Mint Lemon Dressing

Yield: Serves 2-4

Total Time: 30 min

Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your carrots.  If you decide to roast whole carrots that are thick, add additional cooking time. If you decide to slice your carrots, check them often to make sure they are not over-roasted. Please read post for additional recipe details and photos.

Ingredients:

For the roasted carrots

  • 1 bunch carrots (about 1 pound), washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt or sea salt to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For the Mint Lemon Dressing:

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest 1 medium lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the carrots with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer carrots to a roasting pan or sheet pan and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
  3. Add all the mint lemon dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk together well.
  4. When carrots are tender, transfer them to a serving platter or bowl and toss with the mint lemon dressing.
  5. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 6, 2014 at 5:42 am

Ohh I’ll take your heatwave, we had 40 degrees and rain, blegh! I’ve been looking to use up carrots, so this is perfect!

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2 Kathy May 6, 2014 at 5:49 am

Prettiest carrots I ever did see. Hooray for the Spring produce. And carrot cocktails are a GREAT idea.

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3 Jeanette May 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

Ohhh, Can’t wait to read more about your pizza oven! We are in the process of purchasing one and would love to hear all about your design. And I am excited to read about what else you will put in it besides pizza!

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4 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

I’m loving all of the great produce that’s starting to appear in the stores now, bring on summer and outdoor cooking :)

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5 Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life May 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

I love this recipe–especially the dressing, which I’ve used before on roasted Brussels sprouts! I have fallen in love with carrots again thanks to roasting them this way! They are so pretty!

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6 Matt Robinson May 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

We LOVE roasted carrots here and this mint lemon dressing adds so much flavor to them. Beautiful pictures!

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7 keiko May 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

these look absolutely delicious, must try very soon! xx

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8 Christie May 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe, love carrots! The pictures are beautiful!

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9 Beth @ Tasty Yummies May 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Wow, this is just gorgeous. I am so excited about all of the amazing produce right now, I just can’t get enough.

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10 Denver Engagement Photographer May 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

Man those carrots look amazing!

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11 Mary Jo May 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Wasn’t that 90 degree plus weather crazy last week? That carrot dish looks delish, I will have to try it soon!

xo Mary Jo

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12 Dee May 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

Those carrots look so good, may I inquire which market you got them from? I wish my local farmer’s market carries those colorful babies.

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13 Simi Jois June 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Love love love your work, watched the three day workshop on CL – u guys are inspirational. Absolutely inspirational .

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