Zahtar Spiced Carrots (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Last week, while grocery shopping, I stumbled upon the most beautiful purple carrots. Even though carrots were nowhere to be found in my meal plan for the week I knew that I had to make an exception, veer away from my trusty meal plan, and grab a few bunches. When I returned home, I didn’t waste any time trying to figure out what I would do with them. I knew immediately with one glance into the spice cabinet, I was going to pair them with a spice blend that was given to me for Christmas called Zahtar. Have you tried it before? Zahtar is an aromatic herb and spice mixture of thyme, roasted sesame seeds and sumac used a lot in Middle Eastern cooking. I have been searching for just the right ingredients to pair with it and those sultry purple carrots seemed to fit the bill perfectly. After roasting I finished the carrots off with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and lime zest to add a little color and an extra little zing. The dish was a complete success, the kids ate all of their carrots and we all agreed that they were welcome back at our dinner table anytime.

Sultry Zahtar Spiced Purple Carrots with Cilantro and Lime (Gluten-Free & Vegan)
Serves 2-3 as a side
2 small bunches of purple carrots, washed and peeled
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 Tbsp. zahtar
1 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sesame seeds
1 lime, zested and cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the carrots. Drizzle the olive oil over the carrots and toss well to coat then sprinkle with zahtar and salt. Toss well with tongs or your hands to ensure that all of the carrots are coated. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender.

Before serving toss the carrots with the chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, and lime zest. Squeeze lime juice over the carrots and toss again to coat.

*Todd and I prefer to leave our carrots whole, but we cut up the carrots for the kids. Either way it tastes amazing!

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  1. Jenna January 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Interesting. I bought purple carrots at the market this summer, but they wer orange inside. I fund they dyed the rest of the meal kind of purple, but your recipe looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    What a beautiful, deep, rich color in this dish! 🙂
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week! We are having a special giveaway this week! Its a tote bag filled with some Gluten Free Allergy Friendly goodies!

    Cindy from

  3. Alysa (InspiredRD) January 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I stumbled on your blog today from Pinterest and I am SO GLAD I DID!! Can’t wait to yank some of our rainbow carrots out of the garden for this…now to search for the zahtar…

    1. admin January 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Alysa, welcome to B & B, I am so glad that you found us!:) How I envy your garden with rainbow carrots. There is a great recipe for zahtar here, some people spell it za’atar, if you can’t find some at a local store. I hope that you come back soon!


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