Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

by Kelli on November 11, 2013

Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Let’s talk Thanksgiving sides.

I think we can all agree that the side dishes are the best part of Thanksgiving, right?!  I know the turkey is meant to be the star of the show, but for me it plays more of a supporting role than anything else.

Most years I fill my holiday menu with tried and true traditional side dishes.  I always want to add new dishes to the menu, but I just can’t resist the nostalgia of celebrating with the comforting foods I grew up eating.

I found happy medium.  This year I’ll be cooking our favorite traditional Thanksgiving sides…..but, each with a fun twist!

Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a mouth-watering line up of Thanksgiving dishes and desserts on my Facebook page.  Some from my recipe stash and many others from around the blogisphere.  So, if you’re not already following me on Facebook, get on over there so you don’t miss out on any of the action!

Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Growing up you could usually find a small bowl of evenly sliced steamed carrots at Thanksgiving dinner.  Bo-ring.  Not exactly rushing back for a second helping.

Last weekend I stumbled on this beautiful, vibrant bunch of rainbow carrots at the Greenmarket.  I knew right away that this purple, orange, white and yellow medley had a place on my Thanksgiving table this year.

Rainbow carrots are milder and slightly sweeter than the well-known orange variety.  I’ve also read that purple carrots can have a slight peppery aroma, but I’ve never noticed this.  These second-helping-worthy carrots are tossed with olive oil, coriander & ground ginger, and roasted until tender and slightly crisp on the edges.

Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

You’ll probably have the best luck finding rainbow carrots at your local farmer’s market, or stores like Whole Foods or Wegmans.

Coriander Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Yield: Serves 6


  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.

In a large bowl, toss the carrots with the olive oil, coriander, ginger, salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer across a large baking sheet.

Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until carrots are tender.

Serve immediately.


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Ali @ Inspiralized November 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

I’m definitely picking up carrots at the farmer’s market and making these on Thanksgiving! My sister loves carrots, this is perfect!


Kelli November 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Your Thanksgiving table just got a whole lot brighter….your family is going to love these!


Carrian November 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

These look beautiful and delicious! What a great addition to a Thanksgiving table!


Kelli November 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Thank you, Carrian!


Natalie @ Tastes Lovely November 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Roasted carrots are WAY better than steamed carrots. And these rainbow carrots are beautiful.


Kelli November 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I could not agree more! Thanks, Natalie!


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor November 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Kelli, this looks like the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Thanks for sharing!


Kelli November 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Thanks, Ashley….I really love the fun blend of colors!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} November 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

The colors of these carrots is stunning! What a great flavor combo!


Kelli November 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The colors were totally what drew me in….I might have a hard time going back to regular orange carrots :) Thanks, Laurie!


Manhattan Image and Style November 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Oh, what a delicious snack ! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Kelli November 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Thank you, Diana!


shashi @ November 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Coriander and ginger on carrots sound amazing! What a great idea! Thanks so much for shairing


Kelli November 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Thanks, Shashi!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

These are so beautiful! Totally my kind of dish. I wish I could find rainbow carrots more often–they are my favvvvorite. Love this Kelli!


Kelli November 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I’ve seen rainbow carrots for a long time at the farmers market, but this is the first year I’ve ever bought them….total game changer! I mean they’re beautiful AND delicious, how can you go wrong.


Amy @ Elephant Eats November 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

These are so pretty! I love all the colors that are found in nature. Just beautiful :)


Kelli November 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Thank you, Amy!


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