Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Avocado Crema

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Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. Roasted Carrots seasoned with smoky cumin, scallions, salt and pepper and then topped with a creamy and tangy Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for a family dinner.  The roasting brings out all of the natural sugars in the carrots, so they get this sweet caramelization in the oven which combines with the salty and smoky cumin seasoning so wonderfully.  The Avocado crema takes it over the top with a creamy and silky balance.  Absolutely a must-make side dish!

Overhead picture of roasted carrots on plate on gray napkin with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Carrots are a staple in my house.  When all else fails on the veggie front with my girls, I know that I can always pull out some carrots and feel good that they ate something healthy and nutritious with their dinner.  Roasting the carrots is great way to change it up and change the flavors a bit to make carrots more exciting.  Adding just a hint of cumin gives just a bit of Mexican-inspired smoky flavor that pairs so wonderfully with the Avocado crema.

Roasted Carrots on a pan with scallions. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ROASTED CARROTS COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Pan with raw carrot sticks and cutting board with knife and scallions chopped with salt and pepper and olive oil on counter. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

For this super easy recipe, you can prepare the cumin, salt, and pepper mixture ahead of time, by just mixing it in a baggie or a small bowl and covering it until ready to use.  In fact, I like to make this in a bigger batch and store it for use in a variety of roasting adventures…roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflower steaks, roasted broccoli…the list goes on!  It’s a 1:1:1 mixture, so you can measure out a 1-2 tablespoons each of cumin, salt, and pepper and then use a pinch here and a pinch there.

Raw cut carrot sticks on a white cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Next, prepare the carrots, by peeling them and then cutting them into equal size sticks, about 3 inches in length.

sliced scallions with knife on cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Last, you can finely slice the scallions, separating the whites from the greens.  The whites will get roasted with the carrots and the greens are used to garnish and give a fresh burst of flavor.

COOK YOUR ROASTED CARROTS & MAKE AVOCADO CREMA:

Spraying olive oil on raw carrot sticks arranged in line on pan. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Arrange the carrots in a single layer on a pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Drizzle or spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I love my Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer for this because it is non-aerosol (no toxins and propellants) and is so easy to pump, then spray..  Then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture. Toss and rub the seasoning and oil all over each of the carrots.

Raw carrots lined up on pan seasoned with sliced scallions over top. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Spread the carrots out on the pan so that they are not touching. Sprinkle the Scallion whites over top.  Roast in the over for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, half and half (or milk), salt and pepper into a food processor. Pulse and then blend until smooth.

Avocado pieces, sour cream, salt, pepper, and lime juice in food processor for Avocado Crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. To make a pretty zig zag pattern with the Avocado Crema over the carrots, simply transfer the crema to a plastic baggie and snip off the very tip of a bottom corner.

Avocado Crema in food processor and being spooned into plastic baggie. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Scissors cutting tip off baggie filled with avocado crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Using the baggie, squeeze the avocado crema over the carrots in zig zag pattern or any pattern you want!  Sprinkle with the green scallion slices.

Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Avocado Crema

Roasted Carrots seasoned with smoky cumin, scallions, salt and pepper and then topped with a creamy and tangy Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for a family dinner.  The roasting brings out all of the natural sugars in the carrots, so they get this sweet caramelization in the oven which combines with the salty and smokey cumin seasoning so wonderfully.  The Avocado crema takes it over the top with a creamy and silky balance.  Absolutely a must-make side dish!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Avocado, Carrots, Roasted Carrots, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Carrots

  • 4 Carrots, large
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Scallions

Avocado Crema

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbls Half n Half Milk will work too
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Peel carrots and cut them into equal size sticks - approximately 3 inches in length.

    Raw cut carrot sticks on a white cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  2. Slice scallions and separate the whites from the greens. 

    sliced scallions with knife on cutting board. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  3.  If you are prepping a day or more in advance, place the carrots scallion whites and greens into 3 separate baggies and store in the fridge.

  4. You can also prepare the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture in a baggie and set aside.

Cook and Finish

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Arrange the carrots in a single layer on a pan lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.  Drizzle or spray with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Then sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and cumin mixture.  Toss and rub the seasoning and oil all over each of the carrots.  Spread the carrots out on the pan so that they are not touching. Sprinkle the Scallion whites over top.

    Raw carrots lined up on pan seasoned with sliced scallions over top. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  3. Roast in the over for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

  4. To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, half and half (or milk), salt and pepper into a Blender.  Pulse and then blend until smooth.  

    Avocado pieces, sour cream, salt, pepper, and lime juice in food processor for Avocado Crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  5. To make a pretty zig zag pattern with the Avocado Crema over the carrots, simply transfer the crema to a plastic baggie and snip off the very tip of a bottom corner.  Then squeeze the crema over the carrots.

    Scissors cutting tip off baggie filled with avocado crema. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 
  6. Sprinkle with the sliced scallion greens.  Enjoy!!

    Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado

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Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Zippy Pineapple Salsa is no ordinary salsa, it’s not even an ordinary Pineapple Salsa.  Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has pineapple, red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado.  It’s the perfect topping for just about anything grilled.  It’s also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it’s own!

Here are a few more of my favorite homemade condiment or topping recipes for grilled foods!

  • Mind-Blowing Remoulade is a Mayonnaise based sauce that is sweet, savory, and tangy with some crunch to it.  Its great on burgers, hotdogs, grilled fish or even dipping french fries.
  • Easy Homemade Ketchup is made with honey instead of refined sugar so that you can feel good about you and your kids slurping it up!
  • Super Sidekick Sesame Coleslaw goes great on just about anything!  Add it on top of burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, steaks, fish tacos, etc.

What sets this Zippy Pineapple Salsa apart?

Well, first, it combines the sweet, savory, and creamy ingredients from different salsas all into one super-recipe giving you tons of contrasting flavors and textures for a truly ZIPPY bite.  Second, rather than the sometimes-harsh raw red onions that you find in many salsas, this recipe swaps red onion with scallion, which has a milder taste and texture, but still gives you all of that wonderful oniony flavor.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PINEAPPLE SALSA ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

You can cut and dice all of the ingredients in advance, but do not add the lime juice, salt, pepper, or avocado until the day you are ready to eat it.

  • Dice the red pepper and pineapple to roughly the same size.  Finely slice the scallion. Chop the cilantro. Cut the Jalapeño in half the long way, then using a spoon, scrape out the seeds. Finely dice the Jalapeño. Add all ingredients to a bowl for either mixing or storing at this stage.
  • Note, if you are sensitive to heat, at this stage you can keep the jalapeño separate if you like so that you can add it little bits at a time to the final salsa to moderate the heat level.  However, I will say that I love heat and really do not find this recipe to be “hot”, just the perfectly level of kick or Zippiness!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

 

FINISH YOUR PINEAPPLE SALSA:

  • Add the juice of a lime. NOTE: I like to roll the lime pressing down to loosen the fibers and get the juices flowing so it is easier to juice. Cut the lime in half and then squeeze making sure that no seeds get in.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix and taste for seasoning.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Dice half of an avocado.  TIP: here is the simplest way to perfectly dice an avocado.  First, cut the avocado in half the long way.  Then twist apart.  Next, whack the pit with a large knife and then with the knife stuck in the pit, twist the pit out.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Then peel the skin off!  That’s right, if you are like I have been for years, you probably scoop the avocado out, which is totally fine.  But to maintain the integrity of the avocado in its prettiest form, you can peel the skin off.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Last, slice, then dice!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • When you are ready to eat the salsa, fold the avocado in gently. Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Note: You can store the salsa in the fridge for a few hours with the avocado by placing plastic wrap directly pressed against the salsa inside the bowl and then adding a second cover on top of the bowl to prevent any oxygen from getting in.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Put it on Grilled Chicken or Steak or potato or Fish.  Or eat with chips or as a salad in an avocado!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has pineapple, red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado.  It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled.  It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely diced approx. 3 tsp, but reduce to half for milder
  • 1 Tbls Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • Salt, to taste start with just a pinch
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice the red pepper and pineapple to roughly the same size.  Place both in a bowl.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  2. Finely slice the scallion.  Add to the bowl.

  3. Chop the cilantro.  Add to the bowl.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  4. Cut the Jalapeño in half the long way, then using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and discard.  Finely dice the Jalapeño.  Add to the bowl.  NOTE: if you are concerned about the heat, add half and then taste at the end.  Add more as desired.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  5. If you are preparing these ingredients a day or more in advance, then stop here.  Do not add the lime juice, salt, pepper, or avocado until the day you are ready to eat.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Put it all together

  1. Add the juice of a lime.  NOTE: I like to roll the lime pressing down to loosen the fibers and get the juices flowing so it is easier to juice.  Cut the lime in half and then squeeze making sure that no seeds get in.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix and taste for seasoning.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  3. Dice half of an avocado.  When you are ready to eat the salsa, fold it in gently.  Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Recipe Notes

You can make this salsa a day prior, but wait to fold in the avocado until you are ready to eat.  You can store the salsa in the fridge for a few hours with the avocado by placing plastic wrap directly pressed against the salsa inside the bowl and then adding a second cover on top of the bowl to prevent any oxygen from getting in.