Tender, caramelized, honey roasted carrot noodles tossed with crisp radishes, fresh watercress, salty almonds and a savory-sweet thyme vinaigrette. This Roasted Carrot Noodle Salad is colorful, easy, delicious and the perfect side for spring (and summer)!
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Spring Roasted Carrot Noodle Salad
AKA my new favorite salad. Okay, okaaay. I know I say, “my new favorite salad” ALL the time. But, I eat a ridiculous (read: borderline obnoxious) amount of salads.
So TRUST me when I say, this is one seriously stellar salad.
Hear me out.
Tender, caramelized, honey-kissed, roasted carrot noodles topped with crisp, slightly spicy radishes, fresh watercress and crunchy, salty, toasted almonds; all generously drizzled with a savory-sweet, silky-smooth, herbaceous vinaigrette.
This salad is a straight KAPOW to the taste buds.
Seriously, the warm roasted carrots with the crisp-cool veggies, the nutty almonds and the light vinaigrette…UGH, the textures and flavors are just sensational, you guys.
SENSATIONAL, I tell ya!
How to Make Carrot Noodle Salad?
On top of this salad being a dance party in the USA for your mouth, it is also stupid-easy to throw together.
You spiralize some carrots and toss them with a bit of thyme and honey on a sheet pan. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast ‘em in the oven for about 10 minutes to steam them slightly. Then, you uncover the carrots and continue to roast them until the carrots are tender and a smidge caramelized.
While the carrots are in the oven getting their roast on, make the vinaigrette. Simply throw some oil, vinegar, (more) honey and thyme into a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake, shake, shake Senora. Give the dressing a taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper, and/or sweetness with honey.
When the carrots are done roasting, transfer them to a platter and toss them with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Top ‘em with thinly sliced radishes, stemmed watercress, toasted almonds, and a pinch of red pepper flakes if you’re feeling spicy.
Serve it up and chow it down.
Told ya, STUPID easy.
Tips and Tricks for the best Carrot Noodle Salad:
- If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to make long strands of carrot noodles. If you are fortunate enough to have a spiralizer, make sure you look for carrots that are roughly 1 ½’’, or larger, across at the thickest end of the carrot.
- If you have a garden, or are getting your carrots at a fabulous farmer’s market, and your carrots have the tops still intact – RESERVE THEM! Use them as a garnish for the salad. It is SO good!
- To evenly, and thinly slice the radishes, I used a mandolin. I also used a variety of radishes in assorted colors. You can just use regular ‘ole pink radishes if you would like.
- You can substitute White Wine Vinegar for the Champagne Vinegar in the vinaigrette.
- If you like your vinaigrette on the tart side, feel free to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
- The vinaigrette can be made up to 2 days in advance, just make sure you shake it vigorously before using.
- To toast the almond slivers: Place them in a dry skillet, over medium-low heat and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown and fragrant.
Make your Easter brunch, regular lunch, or weeknight dinner spring-tastic, and add this stellar salad to the lineup. Your friends, family, loved ones, neighbors, strangers off the streets, EVERYONE (including your face) will thank you.
Until Thursday friends, cheers – to swoon worthy salads.
Spring Roasted Carrot Noodle Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette
- 1½ - 2 Pounds Carrots trimmed, peeled & spiralized* (about 8 large carrots)
- 1 bunch Radishes assorted colors – thinly sliced*
- 1 bunch Watercress stemmed
- ½ Cup Toasted Slivered Almonds *
- 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus more for carrots
- 2 TBS Champagne Vinegar*
- 2 TBS Honey plus more for carrots
- 1 TBS Thyme Leaves plus more for carrots – roughly chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Optional Toppings: Plain Yogurt, Lemon Wedges, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Micro Greens
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil for easy clean up.
- On the prepared baking sheet, gently toss carrot noodles with 1 ½ tablespoons of oil, 2 teaspoons of thyme and 1 teaspoon of honey. Season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover the baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil.
- Roast in the oven for 10 minutes, or until steamed slightly. Uncover, discarding foil and continue to roast for 10-15 minutes, or until the carrots are tender.
- Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette: In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine 1/3 cup oil with vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon thyme, and a dash of each salt and pepper. Shake vigorously to emulsify. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper and sweetness with honey.*
- Transfer roasted carrot noodles to a large serving bowl and gently toss with radishes. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette into the bowl and toss again to combine. Add in the watercress and toss to coat.
- To Serve: Divide the carrot noodles evenly among plates and top with radishes and almonds. Finish with desired garnishes and serve with the remaining vinaigrette on the side. Enjoy!
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