Healthy Carrot Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious carrot side dish recipes including baby carrots, roasted carrots and glazed carrots. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Easy Pineapple Coleslaw

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy pineapple coleslaw is a fresh take on the traditional coleslaw recipe—it contains those familiar savory flavors plus a touch of sweetness thanks to the pineapple. If you prefer a more tart-tasting slaw, feel free to add an additional tablespoon of lemon juice. This recipe is part of our Juneteenth Family Cookout Menu.
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By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Smashed Carrots

Smashing steamed carrots coated in curry powder then finishing them under the broiler lets the flavor set in and gives the carrots a light, crispy edge.
By Carolyn Casner

Carrot-Cucumber Salad

Carrot salads are refreshing, and this one--with cucumbers, red onion and a zesty cilantro-chili vinaigrette--is sure to become a new favorite. It's excellent served with grilled fish.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Carrot-Raisin Salad

This carrot-raisin salad is both tangy and sweet, thanks to the combination of lemon juice, pineapple and raisins; carrots bring color and crunch. Letting the salad sit at room temperature for 30 minutes is a great way to help the flavors intensify.
By Liv Dansky

Cumin-Roasted Carrots with Dill Yogurt

A tangy dill yogurt is the perfect sauce for these cumin-roasted carrots.

Air-Fryer Carrots

Air-fryer carrots are an easy side dish that pairs with just about everything. Here the carrots are tossed with a touch of brown sugar and spices, with Parmesan cheese adding a savory note.
By Laura Kanya

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Roasting carrots brings out their sweetness, which is enhanced further with a tangy balsamic and maple glaze. Serve them straight-up for an easy weeknight side dish or garnish with chopped hazelnuts for holiday meals and dinner parties.
By Marianne Williams

Maple Roasted Carrots

Rating: 5 stars 2
Roasting brings out the inherent sweetness in carrots--but add a little maple syrup and butter and you have a caramelized vegetable your kids (and you!) will actually want to eat seconds of.
By Carolyn Casner

Southwest Chopped Salad with Tomatillo Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 2
Jicama is the crunchy, sweet tuberous root of a legume native to Central America. If you love it in this salad, try including sticks of it with your next crudités spread.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Root Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy roasted butternut squash and root vegetables recipe is incredibly versatile. Pile the squash and veggies onto grain bowls, add to sandwiches, toss in soup, serve as a side dish--you name it. Roasting vegetables in the oven gives you 20 minutes of hands-off cooking time to assemble the rest of your meal.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Roasted Purple Carrots with Black Sesame Dukkah

Rating: 5 stars 1
We love how the Egyptian nut, seed and spice blend dukkah adds aroma, flavor and texture to this otherwise simple purple carrot recipe.
By Becky Duffett

Mexican Coleslaw

Rating: 3.5 stars 9
Enjoy this crunchy, refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-based coleslaw on a taco or on the side.
By Stacy Fraser
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Inspiration and Ideas

Roasted Vegetable Antipasto
Roasted vegetables get tossed in a zesty vinaigrette for a stunning and easy side dish or appetizer.
Carrot Soup
This crazy-easy blender soup recipe is a great way to eat more vegetables and use up a surplus of carrots.
Stir-Fried Carrots, Corn & Peppers
Rating: 5 stars 3

This eclectic stir-fry is a colorful combination of carrot, red bell pepper, corn and romaine lettuce. This recipe exemplifies how to stir-fry vegetables with different textures. The carrots, which are a “hard vegetable,” should be stir-fried for a minute before adding “medium-hard” vegetables like peppers or corn, which require slightly less cooking. Finally, add “soft or leafy vegetables” in the last 30 seconds to ensure all the vegetables achieve the same level of doneness. Make sure the lettuce is dry--if it's wet when added to the pan, it will turn the stir-fry into a braise.