I was surprised to realise that we had missed out the humble carrot in our No Croutons Required challenges, so this month I thought we should make up for it and the soups and salads just rolled in. Sit down, get comfy, relax and have a glance down all the delicious carrot recipes.
1. Carrot Soup
The first entry to pop into my inbox was a carrot soup from Akheela. Akheela's children dug up the vegetables for this soup and helped to prepare them. The carrots were popped into the pressure cooker, along with beans, pepper, potato and onion. Lovely and healthy. A real family meal and such a good idea to get the chidren involved. I bet they enjoyed it even more because they helped with the cooking.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2. Carrot Salad with a Moroccan Flavor
Reshmi (A Feast to the Eyes and Stomach)
Reshmi got brownie points from her husband for making this delicious salad. He is a happy man. Reshmi spiced the salad up with ginger, cinnamon and pepper. She also added cucumber, lemon and plumped up raisins before dressing it. Lovely!
3. Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Almond Pesto
Janet (The Taste Space)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! Yum! That was the first thing I thought when I saw the photo of this salad. Cute little pasta shapes coated in homemade Lemon Basil Almond Pesto and tossed together with carrot, yellow zucchini, green zucchini and bell peppers. What's not to like? Count me in :)
4. Orange Carrot Salad
Mangocheeks (Allotment 2 Kitchen)
Mangocheeks was wisely using up what was in her fridge when she came up with this simple but tasty salad of carrots, new potatoes and broad beans. Any salad which includes potatoes is always a winner in my book. Mangocheeks calls this an orange carrot salad. There are no oranges around, just the vibrant colour. Mangocheeks posed an interesting question, one I hadn't considered before. What was the colour orange called before the discovery and naming of the fruit? Head over to her post to find out.
West of Scotland
5. Carrot Soup with Fennel Pesto
Johanna (Green Gourmet Giraffe)
Johanna has to get high marks for this soup. She made her own stock and pesto as well as the soup. You don't get better than this. Leek, shallots, garlic, carrots, parsnips, homemade vegetable stock, white wine, and a mouthwatering swirl of homemade fennel pesto and sour cream. Boy oh boy!
6. Carrots and Beans with Caraway, Harissa and Pistachios
Soma has made us a warm baby carrot and bean salad, with garlic, lemon juice, caraway seeds and lots of lovely roasted pistachios then spiced up with harissa.It all comes together to make this visual delight. Lovingly cooked and photographed. Soma suggests serving it with some pita bread or any flat bread. I want to grab that fork and dig in right now!
7. Carrot, Cashew & Coconut Soup
Vanessa - (Sweet Artichoke)
Before I go on to describe this yummy soup, I have to pass on some great advice from Vanessa's granny. We have all heard the tale of carrots being good for our eyesight, well apparently they are also good for toning the thighs. Quick get to the supermarket before everyone else hears and there is a riot. I will be at the checkout when you get there! Right deep breaths, calm down and back to the soup. Vanessa has flavoured her carrot soup with cumin, coriander, cinnamon and turmeric. She finished it off with cashew nuts and coconut milk. Those are just the kind of flavours I like in a soup.
8. Carrot & Coriander Soup
Rose (Roses r Red)
The next entry comes from a really sweet blogger called Rose. I have followed Rose's adventures for some time now, even though hers is not a food blog and I always leave with a smile. I was very pleased when I saw an entry from her this month. Rose has made us a carrot soup combining both dried and fresh coriander, coconut milk finished off with some lovely crunchy croutons. Nice soup Rose and I love the photograph :)
Adelaide, South Australia
9. Carrot & Tiffin Salad with Caesar's Dressing - not in vote
Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)
I made a simple carrot, salad leaves and basil salad, dressed it with some of Lisa's Caesar's Dressing (which is delicious by the way) and topped it with a tiffin egg. Tiffin eggs are basically vegetarian scotch eggs. The boiled egg is encased in a mixture of fried onion, carrots and breadcrumbs, bound together by curry paste and egg and then rolled in crushed cashew nuts before being baked. They are great for a picnic lunch. Unfortunately we aren't getting picnic weather right now, so they have become salad toppers. I encourage you to try them. Make them the day before, so the flavours can really develop.
10. Moroccan Carrot Salad
Sweatha has travelled to Morocco to bring us this rather tasty salad. Carrots, currants, walnuts, cumin, coriander, apple juice, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Sweatha describes her salad as sweet, spicy and tangy. Sounds good to me.
11. Carrot & Daikon Salad
Sarah (Simply Cooked)
I couldn't honestly say I knew what a daikon was until I read Sarah's post. She described it as a well-built radish with a peppery bite. I went to wiki to learn more only discover she was spot on with her description. I also found out it is also called Oriental radish, Chinese radish and Mooli (from Hindi Muulii). It is low in calories (only 34 per 85g serving) but that portion gives you over a third of your daily vitamin C. Good choice Sarah.
Sarah mixed finely grated carrot and daikon together and tossed them in a delicious sesame dressing, and sizzled in some hot oil, adding some scallions at the end.
12. Chilled Carrot Coriander Soup
Denise (Oh Taste n See)
Isn't this a prettily turned out soup? Gold star for presentation Denise. I never quite manage a finish like that. Denise roasted carrots and onions in olive oil, paprika, cayenne, coriander powder, salt and honey. When it had cooled she whizzed it all up with yogurt, lemon juice and milk. Doesn't that sound fabulous? I roast tomatoes for soup, but never think of roasting other vegetables for soup. I must try it.
13. Curried Carrot, Lentil & Cashew Soup
Anna (Diary of a Ladybird)
Mmmmmmmmmm! Who knew there could be so many ways to make carrot soup and they all sound so good. I fell in love with this one before I had seen a photo or read the recipe. I just knew it was going to be a cracker. This is Anna's first entry to a blogging challenge. She was immediately inspired once she read about this month's challenge and set about making her soup right away so she could join in and I am so glad she did. Carrots, lentils, onion, cashew nuts, madras curry paste, coriander and yoghurt. All I can say is *drool*.
14. Carrot Ginger Soup, Stovetop Optional
Valerie has been living through a heatwave in Washington so the thought of cooking a soup was not appealing. Who needs to up the temperature any more? So she used some ingenuity and made this warm soup in her rice cooker and blender, although it would be equally good served cold. Carrots, sweet potato, ginger, onion, jalepenos, almond milk. All infused with spices. Valerie suggest topping the soup with diced scallions, diced avocado, splash coconut milk or chopped cilantro. Yum!
Washington, DC, USA
15. Whole Cabbage Stuffed with Coleslaw - not in vote
Lisa (Lisa's Kitchen)
We close the roundup with an entry from my good friend and co-host Lisa. It is seriously impressive and as Lisa says, just imagine it being served at a dinner party. This spicy coleslaw salad is served in a hollowed out cabbage. This 'no mayonaise' coleslaw is made from cabbage, carrots, green chillies, ginger, fresh dill (a must in my opinion), yoghurt, cream, lime juice, mustard seeds, salt and pepper. Doesn't that sound gorgeous? It is on a whole different level from your average coleslaw. I will definitely be trying this one.
London, Ontario, Canada
So ends our roundup and now it is time to make the difficult decision and choose your favourite. Vote using the poll or send me an email (email@example.com). You have until the end of the month to decide. The winner will be announced on the 31st of August, then Lisa will post the next challenge on the 1st of September.