Roasted Rainbow Carrots With Ginger And Orange Recipe

If you take a stroll through the supermarket aisles it will be easy enough to spot the carrots due to their vivid orange hue, but did you know that carrots weren't always orange? Before they were cultivated to be a specific shade, carrots were most often purple in color, though they grew in a great variety of shades from deep dark hues to almost white. It is thought that orange carrots became the favored shade due to their sweetness, as, although subtle, the different colors of this staple vegetable do have different flavors. This diversity in both color and flavor means that rainbow carrots can be used to create delicious dishes, such as this recipe created by Tasting Table recipe developer Jennine Rye that celebrates the diversity this wonderful and often sidelined vegetable.

This beautiful and bright rainbow carrot salad with ginger and orange is as nutritious as it is colorful, with its abundance of fresh ingredients that are absolutely bursting with vitamins and minerals. This rainbow salad can be served warm or cold; no matter the season it will be sure to bring a little bit of sunshine to the table. Perfect as a side dish, as part of a salad bar, or as a plate for a potluck dinner, these rainbow carrots with ginger and orange will bring a whole lot of brightness to your table.

Gather the ingredients for this roasted rainbow carrots with ginger and orange recipe

To make this roasted rainbow carrots dish, first you will need to gather the ingredients. You will need rainbow carrots, oranges, olive oil, ginger, ground coriander, sesame seeds, honey, cumin seeds, scallions, cilantro, and salt and pepper.

If you are unable to source any rainbow carrots, this dish can also be made with orange carrots. The finished salad won't be as vibrant in color, but it will still be just as delicious and nutritious.

Prepare the carrots for roasting

To begin this recipe, you will want to preheat the oven and prepare the carrots. To do this, simply rinse the carrots under some cool water to remove any dirt and impurities. You do not need to peel them, in fact peeling off the skin can remove a valuable source of nutrients and fiber from the carrots, so they are best enjoyed whole. Slice any larger carrots in half to make the vegetables roughly even in size, and then place them into a large roasting tin.

Roast the carrots

Use a fine grater to zest one of the oranges, and then cut it in half and squeeze out all of the fresh juices. Slice the second orange into segments and then place these into the roasting tin along with the prepared carrots. Drizzle the carrots and orange segments with the olive oil and the orange juice, and then add the fresh grated ginger, the ground coriander, and the sesame seeds to the pan. Toss everything together so that the carrots are thoroughly coated in the other ingredients, and then place the roasting tray into the preheated oven to roast the carrots.

Toss the ingredients together

Allow the carrots to roast for 30 minutes, until they are beginning to brown at the edges and they are just tender when pierced with a knife. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the contents to cool for 5 minutes before transferring the carrots and orange segments to a large bowl along with any juices from the pan. Add the honey, the orange zest, the cumin seeds, the scallions, and salt and pepper to the bowl, along with some of the fresh cilantro. Toss the ingredients together, and then transfer the finished salad to a serving dish before topping with the remaining cilantro.

This dish can be enjoyed warm or cold, and leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and consumed within three to four days.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots With Ginger And Orange Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
This colorful dish consists of rainbow carrots seasoned with orange zest and grated ginger.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Roasted rainbow carrot salad
Total time: 40 minutes
  • 1 pound rainbow carrots
  • 2 large oranges
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, packed
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Wash the rainbow carrots to remove any impurities, and then slice any larger carrots in half lengthways.
  3. Zest and juice one orange, and slice the other into segments. Set the orange zest to one side.
  4. Place the prepared carrots into a large roasting tray and toss them with the olive oil, the fresh ginger, the orange segments, the orange juice, the ground coriander, and the sesame seeds.
  5. Place the roasting tray into the oven and roast the carrots for 30 minutes, until they are just tender when pierced with a knife, and are beginning to color.
  6. Set the carrots aside to cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer them to a bowl along with any juices in the tray, and toss them with the honey, the orange zest, the cumin seeds, the scallions, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix in half of the fresh cilantro, and top the carrot salad with the rest of it. Serve warm or cold.
Calories per Serving 292
Total Fat 19.6 g
Saturated Fat 2.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.2 g
Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
Total Sugars 20.6 g
Sodium 566.7 mg
Protein 2.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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