Roasted Carrots with Avocado

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Everyone loves roasted carrots. They’re simple to make, and they taste delicious. Plus, they’re a great side dish for any kind of meal. If you’re looking for a recipe that will teach you how to make the perfect roasted carrots, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how to do it step by step, and we’ll give you some tips on how to make them even better. So read on for all the details!

The carrots are going wild right now at my Sunday farmers market – and you know I have zero self control which can only mean one thing… Roasted Carrots with Avocado are happening on the daily. This is the actual best way to make carrots!

Roasted Carrots with Avocado and Cilantro Vinaigrette from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

I’m not quite sure you could call my current situation fall (as it’s 88 degrees and sunny here in LA) but this is my fall vibe at the moment! Roasted Carrots that are tossed with an herb vinaigrette and then topped with avocado and a handful of arugula! This is my idea of the the perfect side dish or honestly lunch if you want to add a few pieces of roasted chicken or salmon or steak. This recipe serves at least 4 people as a salad or side dish, I’ve been known to devour an entire platter on my own. Clearly self control has never been my strong suit.

And while we’re here, I have a public service announcement about Roasted Carrots:

I used to think it was straight up whacky when people would leave the carrot tops on carrots and serve it at a restaurant. It was so chef-y and I was suspicious. But like most things in my life, (I mean hello, I didn’t eat fish until I was in culinary school and that’s only because my instructor forced me and told me if I’d ever amount to anything I needed to have an open mind)  it took me a while to warm up to it and now I’m 100% up obsessed. Do it, trust me, and you can thank me later. They are delish and it makes prep for these Roasted Carrots that much easier!

Roasted Carrots with Avocado and Cilantro Vinaigrette from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
Avocado and Carrot Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

The Perfect Roasted Carrots – A Step by Step Guide

5 from 1 vote
Perfectly roasted carrots paired with an herby vinaigrette and creamy ripe avocados makes the perfect side dish!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the Carrots

  • 2 lbs heirloom carrots trimmed and cleaned with ½ inch of the top remaining
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Vinaigrette

  • 1 shallot roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves tough stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Salad

  • 1 large avocado
  • a few handfuls of arugula

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Place the trimmed carrots on a large baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and toss to combine. Transfer to an oven and roast for 25-40 minutes depending on the size of the carrots until soft on the outside with a bite on the inside (a little caramelized)
  • In a blender combine the shallot, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt. Pulse until smooth.
  • Toss the roasted carrots with 1/2 cup of the cilantro mixture.
  • Cut the avocado into wedges and add it to the carrots.
  • Serve with some arugula strewn across the top, bottom or whatever floats your boat. Salt and pepper as needed.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

25 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m hosting this years feast of the 7 fish for my family of 26! Do you think this will go with a spaghetti & lobster sauce? I need a side salad but don’t want to make the same winter one i make for thanksgiving. Also, can the carrots be roasted ahead of time and saved? or will they get too mushy?

    1. yes I do!! and yes you can absolutely roast them ahead of time – this is great served cold or at room temp too

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