Caramelized Garlic Carrots with Spicy Cilantro Sauce

It feels like it’s been a minute since I made you a easy yet scrumptious veggie facet dish, so let me start by way of saying this recipe might be your new fav strategy to eat your veggies. These caramelized garlic carrots are perfectly smooth, a little bit sweet, and drizzled with a fresh, spicy, creamy jalapeño cilantro yogurt sauce that’s lick-the-plate good.

I originally examined this recipe the usage of candy potato, and whilst it was once tasty, the texture and taste of the carrots have been actually unbeatable. We couldn’t prevent nibbling on little bites during the day and saved going again to dip into that fantastic green sauce. I crowned these with cilantro, mint and basil, which I extremely suggest sticking to because every bite is a significant taste explosion with the recent herbs.

Skip the dull boiled carrots or green beans and get able to wow everyone (I imply EVERYONE) with this wonderful carrot dish. More sauce choices and tactics to show it into the very best salad are within the full submit!

caramelized garlic carrots in a bowl with jalapeño cilantro sauce

Everything you’ll want to make those caramelized garlic carrots

There are 3 amazing parts to this caramelized garlic carrot salad: the deliciously caramelized carrots themselves, a spicy jalapeño cilantro dressing, and beautiful garnishes that pull the dish in combination. Here’s what you’ll want:

cooking caramelized carrots in a skillet

Customize your carrots

These caramelized garlic carrots are unbelievable as-is, however they’re simple to customise on your taste personal tastes as neatly!

vegetarian caramelized carrots with spicy cilantro yogurt sauce in a bowl

Experiment with different veggies

We initially tested these caramelized carrots using candy potato, which additionally labored! I preferred the feel of the carrots, however candy potato and even cubed butternut squash could be a super selection you probably have both available.

Let’s talk dressing

This fantastic jalapeño cilantro dressing provides recent flavor, creaminess and a kick of heat to the carrots. Please note you will have further dressing, however it's going to stay just right within the refrigerator for as much as 1 week. Feel unfastened to make use of it as a dip, sauce for roasted veggies, or even as a yummy chicken or shrimp marinade. It additionally makes a marvelous salad dressing, too! You could also try my:

caramelized carrots in a bowl with fresh herbs and jalapeño cilantro yogurt sauce

Our favorite approach to boost this carrot salad

If you want to make this salad move a little further, I suggest adding 3-4 cups of arugula onto the platter before you top it with the warm carrots. Then finish with the dressing and garnishes and enjoy! You will even add your favorite proteins like cooked chicken or salmon for a full meal.

easy caramelized garlic carrots in a bowl with fresh herbs and green sauce

Make this dish ahead of time

Save time over the vacations and prep this carrot dish 1-2 days forward of time by means of:

  1. Slicing your carrots storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator
  2. And then blending the dressing in combination and storing it in an airtight container within the refrigerator as neatly

That approach you'll be able to wake up, cook the carrots, drizzle the dressing, garnish and serve!

caramelized carrot salad on a platter

Storing tips

Store any leftover carrots in an airtight container within the fridge and feel free to enjoy immediately from the refrigerator as a cold salad once you’ve added the dressing.

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Caramelized Garlic Carrots with Spicy Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

5 from 2 votes

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Flavorful caramelized garlic carrots with a creamy, spicy cilantro yogurt sauce. Fresh reduce carrots are cooked in butter, sliced garlic cloves, and a marginally of sweetener then drizzled with an attractive inexperienced dressing and garnished with a variety of fresh herbs. An wonderful vegetarian side dish that feels fancy and may well be your new fav option to consume carrots!

  • For the carrots:
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 pound carrots, minimize diagonally into ½ inch slices
  • Freshly floor salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • Spicy Jalapeno Cilantro Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (a big handful)
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small jalapeno (do not seed if you wish to have it spicy)*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to style
  • Freshly flooring black pepper
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons water, to skinny sauce if vital
  • To garnish:
  • Fresh torn basil, cilantro and mint
  • Chopped honey roasted peanuts or cashews (about 2-Three tablespoons)
  • Red chile flakes
  1. Make the dressing: add ingredients to a blender or meals processor and blend/procedure till well combined. Dressing must be capable to be drizzled however no longer too thick. If important upload a teaspoon or two of water to skinny the dressing. Set aside in the refrigerator till you might be done and able to position over the salad.

  2. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a large skillet and position over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add in the carrots and salt; stirring well to coat the carrots.

  3. Cover the skillet and cook dinner for 10-Quarter-hour, putting off the cover and stirring on occasion to forestall carrots from burning. After 10-Quarter-hour, take away the cover, add in the garlic and cook uncovered, stirring every so often for 10 extra minutes or until carrots are fork comfortable.

  4. Once carrots are smooth, add in maple syrup or honey and cook dinner for a couple of extra mins. Transfer carrots to a platter or pretty massive shallow bowl and drizzle with a few tablespoons of dressing. Add torn basil, mint and cilantro on top and garnish with honey roasted peanuts or cashews and in case you’d like, some purple chili flakes. Serve warm, but in truth I additionally LOVE this salad chilly and mixed with arugula and quinoa for leftovers.

To make vegan: use maple syrup as an alternative of honey for the carrots, and a dairy loose yogurt for the dressing or swap for my Jalapeño Green Tahini Sauce.

Optional: if you want to make this salad go a bit additional, I counsel including 3-4 cups of arugula onto the platter ahead of you best with the nice and cozy carrots, then finish with the dressing and garnishes.

Please notice you could have further dressing, but it's going to keep just right within the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Feel loose to make use of it as a dip, sauce for roasted veggies and even as a yummy hen or shrimp marinade. It additionally makes a fabulous salad dressing, too!


Servings: 6 servings

Serving size: 1 serving (according to 6)

Calories: 116kcal

Fat: 7g

Saturated fat: 3.1g

Carbohydrates: 12g

Fiber: 2.2g

Sugar: 7.6g

Protein: 2.4g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by means of: Eat Love Eats

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