This roasted carrot and avocado salad with za’atar is one of my favorite things to make for my family. Sweet roasted carrots combined with creamy avocado, the zesty flavor of lime and the unique Middle Eastern spice mix called “Za’atar” is a winning combination. This recipe is amazing, quick, easy and beautiful not to mention delicious. I recently got into cooking more with Middle Eastern flavors after reading and using the book Jerusalem: A Cookbook which opened my eyes to some incredible spices I had never used before including Za’atar and Sumac among others.
One of my family’s favorite recipes using Za’atar is a recipe adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent cookbook called It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook. This makes a gorgeous side dish or can be eaten as a salad. You could also make it as Gwyneth has it, on a garbanzo bean flour flatbread.
So you might be asking yourself, what is Za’tar and where do I get it? I asked myself the same thing. Za’atar is a spice mix, its kind of nutty, a little bit sweet and awesome on things like roasted veggies. I ordered mine from Amazon Zahtar Spice 2.0 oz – Zamouri Spices you can also find it at any Middle Eastern grocery store.
Recipe: Roasted Carrots and Avocado with Lime, Za’atar and Mint
Large bunch of carrots (6-7 medium/large) peeled and sliced
1 – 2 large ripe Avocado, peeled and sliced (depending on how much you want)
3 tablespoons Mint finely chopped
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
using a sheet pan, toss the chopped carrots with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of Za’atar seasoning and roast for about 20 minutes until the carrots are just beginning to brown and are tender.
Meanwhile slice your avocados and have a pretty serving platter ready to go
Slice the mint (or Cilantro)
When the carrots are ready, layer them on the serving plate with the avocado, salt and squeeze a lime over the top and toss to make sure the carrots and avocado are coated.
if you like the Za’atar you can sprinkle more over the avocado and carrots
Last step, so that the mint doesn’t wilt from the heat, sprinkle the mint over the carrots and avocado and serve.
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