Roasted Carrot & Blood Orange Salad

I don’t think I’ve had blood oranges since this salad, and let me tell you, they are sweeter and redder than ever this year. And I’m afraid there are some beans to be spilled. So here goes my Sunday confession…

I ate half the oranges while cutting them for this salad. But that’s not all. I also ate half the roasted carrots before they went in the salad. The oranges were juicy and the carrots spiced and crunchy, and well…, I couldn’t resist.

Luckily there was enough left to make the salad. I added some spinach and tossed everything in a simple vinaigrette. It was fantastic with burgers. I will definitely be making it again, even after blood orange season is over. I think orange oranges with orange carrots will be pretty together as well.



Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 10 MIN

Cook Time: 25 min


2 cups baby carrots, cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
4 blood oranges
2 cups spinach or arugula

Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Juice of half a lemon
3 tablespoons hazelnut oil


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a bowl, toss the carrots with oil. Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Combine the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle the carrots with the spice mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until tender in the middle and crispy on the edges. Let cool.

Cut the oranges into segments. Here is how.

In a large bowl whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Toss in the spinach or arugula. Add the carrots and blood oranges and toss lightly to combine.

Serve at room temperature.

Other Carrot Recipes:
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Lamb & Carrot Tagine
Cold Carrot Soup
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Carrot Skordalia


17 Responses to “Roasted Carrot & Blood Orange Salad”

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    Andi — 02/17/2013 @ 1:36 pm

    What a beautiful and unique blog design. I really love it!

    I’m going to try this recipe with the ambersweet oranges in my back yard. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:33 am

      I think ambersweet oranges would be really good for this salad.

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    Sues — 02/17/2013 @ 10:57 pm

    I’m in love with the idea of this salad!! I FINALLY was able to find blood oranges at my grocery store yesterday and now I’m so tempted to make this! :)

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:36 am

      Glad you found some. Their season doesn’t last long.

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    katie — 02/18/2013 @ 7:02 am

    Oh my this looks amazing!!! Never thought to pare oranges with carrots. love it.

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:32 am

      Thanks, Katie.

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    Oriane — 02/18/2013 @ 8:06 am

    Bonjour Nisrine,

    Great timing! I have lots of spinach, arugula and carrots in the garden and my vegetarian company is arriving in 2 weeks. This looks delicious, can’t wait to serve it. I’m going through your recipes and will pick a few more to serve to our friends,

    I trust baby is doing well :)

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:34 am

      Baby is doing very well. Thank you! :)

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    Eha — 02/18/2013 @ 7:00 pm

    A wonderful, healthy, colourful, appetizing recipe :) ! Have not added cardamom to mine – would make quite a flavour difference: shall try!!

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks, Eha. I hope you like it.

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    Dana — 02/19/2013 @ 2:00 pm

    What fantastic color! That looks like a salad to relish!

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks, Dana.

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    Kiran @ — 02/19/2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I think the best of salads always requires a simple vinaigrette. This salad looks so delicious and too good :)

    • Nisrine replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 8:32 am

      Thanks, Kiran.

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    @yumivore — 02/23/2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always and it looks so appetizing! (I don’t blame you for not being able to resist a bite, I couldn’t either). On my list to try.

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    David — 08/30/2013 @ 5:18 pm

    I have a lot of carrots at home. I’m having a hard time making them taste good. I think this recipe will help. Thanks!

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    Kripali Angle — 11/03/2013 @ 3:42 am

    This salad is so tempting. I am surely gonna make it.

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