Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce

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By Published On: May 11th, 2021

Sweet, nutty, and herbaceous – this simple Middle Eastern-inspired dish is the perfect addition to any Mediterranean or Middle Eastern feast. Learn how to make this flavour-packed side dish below.

Roasted Carrot with Tahini Sauce

As side dishes go, this is one of my must-have dishes in your arsenal. I've been making this wonderfully flavourful offering for years. There's something so perfect about sweet, lightly charred carrots alongside a cooling, nutty Tahini sauce. Sesame and carrot are perfect together! Roasted simply, the tahini sauce acts as a sauce and dressing in one and couldn't be more perfect!

The earthiness of tahini is combined with lightly sour yoghurt to create a balanced, creamy sauce. It's absolutely delicious! There's a reason I make it time and again, and it's always the dish guests comment on - which is great as it's often the simplest to prepare. It's the perfect little treasure to have in your back pocket!

What is tahini?

Tahini is an ancient ingredient that's created from grinding toasted sesame seeds into a paste. It has a slightly bitter, nutty flavour that acts as a base to many dishes around the World. Sesame's origins are in Africa but the seed was cultivated in India and Myannmar over 3000 years ago. It remains one of the most popular crops around the world. Sesame paste is popular around the Globe, notably in Chinese cuisine, Indian too but most popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Stuff you'll need

This roasted carrot dish simple to put together. Here are some of the key ingredients you'll need - a full recipe is below.

  • Carrots (obviously!) Grab some of the multicoloured varieties, they look great on the plate
  • Greek yoghurt (plain)
  • Tahini paste
  • Pine nuts
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
Roasted Carrot with Tahini Sauce

A step by step guide

Making the roasted carrots and tahini sauce is really simple. This salad is done in a few simple steps.

  1. Roasting the carrots with a little olive oil for about 30-40 minutes
  2. Mixing together the tahini and yoghurt with some lemon and garlic for extra flavour
  3. Drizzling the sauce over the cooked carrots and garnishing with some pine nuts and greenery! Simple!!

Tips, tricks & substitutes

This recipe also works well with other vegetables. Roasted or deep-fried cauliflower is very popular in the Mediterranean, especially in Lebanon. Roasted Brussels sprouts work well as do simple roasted potatoes. And they needn't be roasted, try over simple steamed veg for a flavour injection! Tahini is also wonderful drizzled generously over baked or steamed fish. The possibilities are endless!

To complete this dish, I like to scatter over lots of crunchy nuts - pine nuts, almonds and pistachio work well. I also love a fresh herbal hit of flavour too; parsley, cilantro dill and mint are my go-to herbs to scatter liberally just before serving.

This salad doesn't need to be served hot, room temperature is perfect!

More delicious mediterranean-style salads

How to make Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce

Roasted Carrot with Tahini Sauce

Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce

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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4
Calories (per serving) | 252

Ingredients

For the tahini sauce

Other ingredients

  • 2 tbsp parsley (or mint, dill or cilantro)
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts (or slithered almonds or pistachios)
  • black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

To Roast the carrots

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF
    Arrange the carrots on a baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil (about 1tbsp) and a light sprinkle of salt. Toss the carrots around to ensure they’re coated in a little oil.
    Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, turning a couple of times to ensure they get a nice char. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly.

To make the tahini sauce

  • While the carrots are roasting, whisk together the yoghurt, tahini paste, lemon juice, salt, minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Water down the sauce with 2-3 tbsp water to a creamy, but just pourable consistency (like whipping/double cream).

Finishing the dish

  • In a dry frying pan, lightly toast the pine nuts and set aside.
    When the carrots are cooked and cooled a little, arrange them in a single layer on a platter and then drizzle over some of the tahini sauce. Scatter over the pine nuts and then sprinkle generously with the parsley. Season with black pepper and then finally add a few light drizzles of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using).
    Serve hot or at room temperature with the remaining tahini sauce for guests to add is they wish.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 270mg12%
Potassium 641mg18%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 28599IU572%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Side Dish
Cuisine | Middle Eastern
Keyword | Roasted Carrot, Tahini Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Carrot with Tahini Sauce

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