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These Maple-Roasted Carrots are tossed in pure maple syrup and paired with a spicy harissa yogurt sauce, chopped pistachios, lemon zest, and parsley. The sweet, spicy, and savoury flavours come together beautifully in this easy carrot side dish!

maple-roasted carrots over harissa yogurt sauce with chopped pistachios, parsley, and lemon zest

I am so excited to share another healthy, vegetarian side dish idea with you guys today!

Roasting carrots brings out so much of the vegetable’s flavour and sweetness, compared to its raw counterpart. In this recipe, that sweetness is then paired with a spicy harissa yogurt, as well as chopped pistachios, lemon zest, and parsley.

These Maple-Roasted Carrots With Harissa Yogurt are truly a delicious combination of sweet, spicy, and savoury.

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy carrots this fall/winter, or maybe you’re looking for a fun holiday side dish, you’re in luck! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

PS. This is recipe #6 of my “7 Days of Veggie Side Dishes” Series. ICYMI – be sure to check out the other vegetable side dish in this series below:

maple-roasted carrots over harissa yogurt sauce with chopped pistachios, parsley, and lemon zest

Carrot Nutrition Benefits

This root veggie is a popular one – not only for its versatility and delicious taste, but also for its excellent nutrition profile!

Carrots are a great source of different micronutrients, such as vitamin A, K, B6, C, folate, and potassium.

In particular, carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A. One cup of chopped carrots provides 428% of your daily vitamin A needs.

Beta-carotene, along with other plant compounds abundant in carrots like lutein and lycopene, act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help to promote health and reduce risk for many chronic illnesses.

Carrots are also a good source of dietary fibre, with 1 cup of chopped carrots providing almost 4 grams of fibre (about 14% of your daily needs).

carrots on wooden cutting board

What Is Harissa?

Harissa is a spicy chile paste that originates from North Africa. It’s typically made with ingredients such as smoked hot chile peppers, garlic, olive oil, and various spices.

I’m pretty new to experimenting with harissa myself, but so far I’ve loved adding it to pasta sauces, avocado toasts, eggs, and now dips. I love how it adds so much delicious flavour to foods, as well as the perfect amount of spice!

I’ve linked my favourite harissa brand here, if you’re interested in giving it a try.

How To Roast Carrots

This recipe is beyond easy to make, and it all starts with roasting the carrots!

To start, preheat your oven to 400F.

Then, remove the tops of carrots and give the carrots a good wash and dry. You can remove the skin if you want, but I like to keep it on (skins are always a great source of fibre).

Once the carrots are cleaned and dry, place them on a large baking sheet and drizzle olive oil, maple syrup, and salt overtop. Toss the carrots with your hands or a pair of tongs, until they are well-coated.

Place the baking dish in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through. Carrots are done when they are fork-tender and slightly browned.

maple-roasted carrots on baking dish

How To Make Harissa Yogurt Sauce

While the carrots cook, it’s time to prepare the harissa yogurt sauce!

All you need to do here is combine plain greek yogurt, harissa, garlic powder, lemon juice, and a little bit of salt in a bowl. Stir until well combined.

Then, spread the sauce over a serving plate, and top with the roasted carrots. Alternatively, drizzle the sauce overtop or serve on the side for dipping – it’s totally up to you!

Finally, sprinkle everything with some chopped pistachios, parsley, lemon zest, and extra salt. This delicious and healthy side is now ready to serve! So easy, right?!

harissa yogurt sauce in white bowl

How To Store Leftover Carrots

If you plan on having leftovers, keep the harissa yogurt separate from the carrots (i.e. serve as a dipping sauce!) That way you can reheat the carrots separately (the sauce isn’t meant to be reheated).

Store both the sauce and roasted carrots in airtight containers for up to 3-5 days in the fridge.

Leftover carrots can be reheated in the microwave, lightly sautéed on the stovetop, or at a low heat in the oven.

maple-roasted carrots over harissa yogurt sauce with chopped pistachios, parsley, and lemon zest

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These Maple-Roasted Carrots are tossed in pure maple syrup and paired with a spicy harissa yogurt sauce, chopped pistachios, lemon zest, and parsley. The sweet and spicy flavours come together beautifully in this easy carrot side dish!
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Wash and dry carrots well, removing green tops if necessary. Spread carrots on a large baking sheet, and toss in olive oil, maple syrup, and salt until well-coated.
  • Place baking sheet in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Carrots are done when they are slightly browned and tender.
  • While the carrots cook, chop the parsley and pistachios. Zest the lemon and set aside.
  • Next, prepare the harissa yogurt by combining all sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well.
  • Spread harissa yogurt sauce on a serving dish and top with roasted carrots. Sprinkle chopped parsley, pistachios, and lemon zest overtop. Add salt if desired. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

*If you plan on having leftovers, keep the harissa yogurt separate from the carrots (i.e. serve as a dipping sauce!) That way you can reheat the carrots separately.
 

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