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11 Carrot Main Dish Recipes to Make This Spring

Bunches of fresh organic carrots to include in main dish recipes

Welcome the spring season with these delicious vegan carrot main dishes. From carrot “hot dogs” to roasted carrot salad, there’s something for everyone on this list.

In the world of vegetables, few things say “spring” quite like a fresh bunch of carrots. Not only are these crunchy root veggies super tasty, but they’re full of essential nutrients (like vitamin C and potassium) too. Carrots are also rich in beta-carotene, a plant pigment that gives carrots their color and acts as a precursor of vitamin A.

And while you can’t beat a simple snack of carrots and hummus, we love using carrots in our entrees as well. Read on for our favorite carrot main dish recipes, just in time for the spring season.

1. Carrot-Lentil Cakes with Garlic-Herb Tahini Sauce

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Photo: Blissful Basil

Fuel up on fiber and plant-based protein with these carrot-lentil cakes. The recipe also includes a homemade garlic-herb tahini sauce, which is perfect if you’ve got herbs growing in the garden. We’d love these cakes as sandwiches, but something tells us they’re just as amazing on their own.

2. Peanut Carrot White Bean Burgers

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Total time: 40 minutes

Photo: Vegan Richa

When it comes to veggie burgers, ingredients like chickpeas and sweet potato usually steal the show. But if you’d like to switch things up, try these peanut carrot white bean burgers. Top them off with your favorite vegan dressing and dig in.

3. Thai Carrot Cauliflower Rice

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 25 minutes

Photo: Cotter Crunch

If you’re all about the cauliflower rice trend, you’ll want to try this Thai carrot cauliflower rice salad with avocado cream dressing. Ready in just 25 minutes, this vibrant salad is bursting with flavor and nutrients. As for the avocado dressing? It’s truly something special, thanks to ingredients like chili sauce and ginger.

4. Vegan Quinoa Salad with Carrots, Cabbage, and Peas

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 20 minutes

Vegan Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Though carrots aren’t the base of this vegan quinoa salad, they totally make the recipe. The carrots, after all, add that satisfying crunch (and color) to this easy spring dish. It’s one of our personal favorites.

5. Carrot Gnocchi

Vegan, Gluten-Free | Total time: 1 hour

Photo: Blissful Basil

Wait… carrot gnocchi? Yes, you read that right. This pillowy, beautiful carrot gnocchi calls for just six basic ingredients, such as oat flour and sea salt. Enjoy it with vegan marinara sauce, pesto, or even just melted vegan butter.

6. Carrot & Potato Gnocchi with Walnut Pesto

Vegan | Total time: 2 to 3 hours (time varies)

Photo: Vegan Miam

If you love the idea of carrot gnocchi but simply can’t give up the potatoes, try this brilliant combo: carrot & potato gnocchi with walnut pesto. Both the gnocchi and pesto offer unique takes on classic recipes. And while making gnocchi from scratch can be quite time-consuming, it would double as an excellent party or date night activity.

7. Chili Cheeze Carrot Dogs

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free | Total time: 40 minutes

Photo: The Plant Philosophy

With warm weather around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about picnic recipes like chili cheese carrot dogs. Unlike the traditional meat version, these “dogs” are free of mysterious fillers and ingredients. Pair them with gluten-free buns for a gluten-free version.

8. Carrot Celeriac Spiralized Salad

Vegan | Total time: 50 minutes

Photo: Cotter Crunch

This spring, put your spiralizer to good use with this carrot celeriac spiralized salad. It’s simple, nutritious, and extremely easy to customize. After prepping the meal (which takes just 10 minutes), all you need to do is let it marinate in the fridge.

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9. Orange, Apricot and Couscous Salad

Vegan | Total time: 30 minutes

Photo: Cookie and Kate

While couscous is often enjoyed in savory dishes, it works just as well in sweeter recipes. Take this orange, apricot and couscous salad, for example. With unique ingredients like orange juice, currants, and zesty ginger, it will surely make your taste buds sing.

10. Carrot and Avocado Gazpacho

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 20 minutes

Photo: Loving It Vegan

If you’re looking for a light yet satisfying springtime meal, enjoy this carrot and avocado gazpacho as a main dish. As a chilled raw soup, it’s ideal for those warmer days when you don’t feel like turning on the stove.

11. Spicy Roasted Carrot Salad with Tahini Lentil Salad

Vegan | Total time: 30 minutes

Photo: Occassionally Eggs

Half an hour is all it takes to make this spicy roasted carrot salad with lentils and tahihi sauce. The dish also packs a nutritional punch, thanks to the protein-rich lentils and vitamin-rich carrots. Not into spicy foods? Substitute the cayenne pepper and sumac with your favorite spices.

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