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Rainbow Roasted Carrots

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These are the most flavorful plant based Roasted Rainbow Carrots you’ve ever had. They’re easy to make, use one pan and can be made vegan, vegetarian are gluten-free and nut free.

rainbow roasted carrots in a pan

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Why You’ll Love These Easy Rainbow Roasted Carrots

There is so much to love about these one pan Rainbow Roasted Carrots! Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Lots of Flavor -> These are the most flavorful carrots you’ve ever had.
  • One Pan -> Easy clean up.
  • Low In Fat -> There is very little fat in these carrots.
  • Plant Based -> The entire recipe is made from veggies, herbs and spices.
  • Vegetarian or Vegan -> Anyone can enjoy this dish.
  • Minimal Prep Time -> Takes 10 minutes to prep.
  • Everyday Ingredients -> You probably already have what you need.

Ingredients for Rainbow Roasted Carrots

ingredients needed to make roasted rainbow carrots, harissa, lemon, rainbow carrots, spices, herbs and maple syrup

Substitutions For Roasted Carrots

Ingredient Substitutions

Goat Yogurt -> Any greek style yogurt will work you can even use vegan yogurt.
Lemon Zest -> You can skip this to simplify the recipe.
Cilantro -> Swap fresh for dried (1 tsp)
Parsley -> Swap fresh for dried (1 tsp)
Maple Syrup -> Stevia, honey, agave or brown sugar
Rainbow Carrots -> Regular fresh or frozen

How to make easy roasted carrots

  1. Heat oil in a medium non stick skillet. Add paprika, cumin, mustard, fennel and sugar and bloom for 1 minute. Add carrots and mix. Place the lid on pan and roast in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes.
  2. Wish together yogurt, harissa, parsley, thyme, cilantro and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside
  3. To serve place carrots on a platter and drizzle sauce on top. I like to serve them right out of the skillet nice and hot!
step by step photo collage of how to make roasted rainbow carrots from start to Finnish

Tips for Best Roasted Carrots

Should I Peel My Carrots Before Roasting?

Yes! You should absolutely peel your carrots before roasting them because the skin of the carrot is tough and dry which prevents the seasoning and fats from penetrating the carrot. Peeled carrots come out softer and juicier then non peeled. Not to mention the skin is dirty so peeling it ensures a clean carrot.

Do I Have to Peel Purple Carrots?

You don’t have to peel any of the carrots but it’s recommended. The purple ones should be peeled as well.

How Are Rainbow Carrots Different?

Rainbow carrots are similar to regular orange carrots. They’re pigment (purple, yellow or orange) depends on where and when the seeds are planted. Growers stick to the growing conditions for each color so that they can control which color they produce.

Do Rainbow Carrots Taste The Same?

Rainbow carrots taste almost exactly like orange ones. But there is a very subtle difference in flavor from yellow, to orange and purple carrots.

Are Rainbow Carrots Genetically Modified?

Rainbow carrots aren’t genetically modified. The orange carrots we are used to are a more modern variation that was cultivated in the 1600’s. So while individual types of carrots can be genetically modified you don’t have to modify the genes of a carrot to make it rainbow.

rainbow roasted carrots on a plate with harissa yogurt sauce.

How to Serve Easy Rainbow Roasted Carrots

I like serving these carrots along side a tasty salad and protein.

The flavors from the salmon and carrots make the perfect pair. If you’re entertaining try it with a dry red wine like my all time favorite Oberon.

How to Reheat Simple Rainbow Roasted Carrots

I like to reheat these carrots in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Once they’re warm take the lid off of the pot and turn on the broiler for 5 minutes. This will crisp up the carrots.

You can also reheat them in the toaster oven on a sheet of tinfoil. I would not put them in the microwave. This will make them soggy.

rainbow roasted carrots with yogurt dipping sauce on a plate.

More Easy Vegan Side Dishes

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rainbow roasted carrots on a plate

Rainbow Roasted Carrots

These carrots are rubbed with spices and cooked just until tender. A great source of beta-carotene antioxidants and other nutrients. The carrots are sweet and savory with just a hint of spice from the creamy yogurt sauce!
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 165kcal
Cost: 5.00




  • Preheat the oven to 350. Mix yogurt, harissa, sparsely, thyme, cilantro and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  • Melt butter in a deep lidded cast iron pan. Add paprika, cumin, mustard, fennel and maple syrup and bloom for 1 minute. Add carrots and mix until coated with sauce. Place in the oven for 35 minutes. Turn on broiler and remove lid for 5 minutes to brown the carrots.
  • Plate the carrots with plenty of yogurt sauce.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 16203IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These roasted rainbow carrots were delicious, and so easy to prepare! They make a great side to BBQ chicken. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    These roasted carrots make a good side dish that everyone loves! They’re so full of flavors and work well with any type of main dish

  3. YUM!!! That sauce!!! I could have just dipped my bread in that and forgotten about the carrots….well almost as the carrots were so good too 🙂
    Such a great recipe….PINNING!

  4. Roasted carrots is one of our favorite sides and requested by my kid all the time. It gets a little boring though. I’m loving the spices you use here AND a dipping sauce?! With harissa, no less. Bring it on…can’t wait to try this!

  5. I’m excited to try this Roasted Rainbow Carrots!:) What I like about is it’s easy to prepare at the same time it’s healthy!:) Thanks!

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