Rainbow Carrots with Caraway

Rainbow Carrot Salad with Caraway

I came across a selection of purple, yellow and orange carrots at the Farmers Market. Who could resist such an offering? Roasting carrots intensifies their flavour and this is further enhanced with a splash of citrus, an aniseed note of caraway and finally, the fresh taste of mint.

This makes an easy and colourful side dish to a main course or goes well as part of a mezze selection.

For 4 people:

5 -6 large carrots – preferably a mixture of colours but you can use ordinary ones if need be
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
Olive oil spray
½ orange
Orange Blossom Water
A small bunch of fresh mint

Heat your oven to 180 C.

Scrub your carrots well – or peel – and cut lengthways into thin strips.
Lay these out in one layer in a roasting pan.
Add a few sprays of olive oil and mix with your hands.
Place in oven and roast for ½ hour.

Remove the roasted carrots and place on a serving platter. Dress with the juice of ½ orange and a few drops of orange blossom water.

Pick the mint leaves off their stalks and roughly chop before adding to the carrots.

27 Responses to Rainbow Carrots with Caraway

  1. What a fantastic explosion of colours and taste ! I am yet to lay eyes on carrots any colour other than orange! and the addition of Orange Blossom just feels like a jumping into a pool of water – it sounds that fresh if that makes sense :)

  2. These are almost to pretty to eat. I love the addition of caraway.

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      So easy to prepare that one can eat up and have more another time. Caraway is one of those lovely flavours I don’t use often enough

  3. They are beautiful and I love the flavour of caraway.

  4. Sylvia says:

    I never came across rainbow carrots. They look awesome!

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Only found them in farmmer’s market. The only purple veg I get i my supermarket is the purple potato. I bought them once but my family didn’t like them for some reason. May be time to try again.

  5. Ren Behan says:

    Lovely, carrots and caraway are a classic Polish combination so we often have them at home.

  6. Janie says:

    Delicious Madeleine, does the orange blossom water bring much flavour to the dish?
    Janie x

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      I really like to ad orange blossom water as it does add a fragrant note, floral. I only add a couple of drops and then taste because too much and it tastes like eating perfume or soap which is not pleasant

  7. very pretty – I’ve added orange zest to carrots in the past and caraway too

  8. Wow these look colourful and so tasty.

  9. Beautifully presented – I like the thick batons in different colours. Very tempting!

  10. Choclette says:

    You’ve made a bowl of carrots look really pretty. Roasting brings out the flavours of most veg and this sounds quite delicious.

  11. I love the colour of those carrots. So much more exciting on a plate. Now I just need a farmers market.

  12. Louisa says:

    I love roasting my roots! But hadn’t thought of pairing with caraway, orange and mint. Inspiring and no doubt delish, beautiful too.

  13. Rainbow carrots are so pretty and so much fun!

  14. I love heritage carrots, they have a wonderful flavour. I bet they’re fab with caraway. GG

  15. What a great idea for a side dish.

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