I think whole-roasted vegetables are beautiful. Keeping the stems/greens on are a perfect way to highlight the notion that root to tip are edible. Carrots are one my favorite vegetables to do this with but I’ve found over the years that I much prefer to quarter the carrots. Serving someone a whole carrot to cut seems a bit more overwhelming than if the carrots are in thinner, asparagus-size strips.
These harissa roasted carrots are a solid lunch for me. However, I’ve also served them with a poached egg and toast for a beautiful breakfast. Also, you can make extra of the the beans. They are great tossed with a simple salad or grains.
A vibrant spring bean salad featuring harissa roasted carrots tossed with white beans, pepitas, and a handful of herbs.
½ pound small carrots (with part of greens still intact)
2 teaspoons harissa powder blend (see note)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup cooked Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed if using canned
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro and flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons toasted pepitas
- Preheat oven the oven to 400˚F. Rinse carrots well and trim greens so that about ½” of the stems are left. Quarter the carrots lengthwise, through the green stem. Place on a sheet tray along with the harissa powder and olive oil. Roast until browning and tender; 25 minutes or so.
- When the carrots are almost done, a small pan over medium-low heat and add olive oil. Add garlic and cook until golden; 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the beans, herbs, and lemon juice.
- Remove the carrots from the oven and scrap beans on top of carrots. Add the pepitas and toss well to combine.
Tips and Tricks: Many spice companies make a harissa blend. However, if you can’t find the blend, use a premade or homemade harissa paste (I typically adjust based on how spicy the paste is- add about 2 tablespoons for more mild paste).
If the carrot greens look good- chop them up and add to the bean mix along with the cilantro and parsley.
Harissa Roasted Carrots
Beans: I love the small white beans for this dish but you could easily use chickpeas are even black lentils.
Spice Mixture: Harissa typically has a solid kick to it and even though I only use a small amount, it’s there. If you want to make this without the heat, use 1 teaspoon smoked paprika with about 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and coriander.
Seeds: Try using toasted sunflower seeds in place of the pepitas. Slivered almonds would also work well.
I find myself always pairing carrots with grains. The combination of the earthy/sweet carrots works well with most grains and can come together to form a wholesome meal. Plus, carrots work with minimal (or no) cooking- a big plus in my kitchen. Also, I recommend looking for different varieties of carrots– they all have different flavors. A few of my favorite easy carrot recipes: