Za’atar Spiced Rainbow Carrots

Zatar Spiced Rainbow Carrots – Simply, Easy, Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Recipe


Easy |  Servings: 6  |  Ready In: 30 minutes |  Yield: 1 pound carrots

Gorgeous rainbow carrots are roasted oil-free and tossed with Middle Eastern Za’atar spices in this delicious, easy, and international recipe.  This fat-free side dish pairs well with Baked Falafel Cakes and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.


  • 1 pound rainbow carrots
  • 2 teaspoons Za’atar spices (or Middle Eastern spice blend)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

How it’s Done

Preheat your oven to 450 F.

To roast the Rainbow Carrots: Peel the carrots. Trim the tops and bottoms of the carrots. Halve lengthwise.
Place the carrots in a large baking dish or pan. Add enough water just to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/4-1/2 cup.

Place in the pan 450F oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, tossing a couple of times during the cooking.   When carrots are tender enough to cut, they are done.
Remove from the oven and toss with the Za’atar spices.

Garnish carrots with fresh parsley and lemon halves and serve.

Rainbow Carrots at Farmers Market

Chef Katie’s Tips:

What is Za’atar?  Green Za’atar is a Middle Eastern blend of spices including thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds.  You can make your own blend, find it in Middle Eastern markets, or order it online.  It adds great flavor to roasted vegetables, steamed rice, and cooked lentils.

What makes carrots “Rainbow”?  Rainbow carrots refers to a bundle of carrots of different colors – yellow, orange, purple, red.  These colors come from the antioxidants in the carrots.  The same antioxidants that gives purple carrots their color is also in blueberries and eggplant.  For more nutrition, eat the rainbow!

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1/6 recipe)

Calories 39.35
Calories From Fat (8%) 3.11
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 0.41g <1%
  • Saturated Fat 0.09g <1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 54.39mg 2%
  • Potassium 276.18mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrates 10.17g 3%
  • Fiber 3.28g 13%
  • Sugar 3.91g
  • Protein 1.12g 2%
  • Calcium 19.24mg 2%
  • Iron 26.68mg 148%
  • Vitamin A 12734.31IU 255%
  • Vitamin C 15.18mg 25%


Shopping and Gear List

  • Ziyad Green Za’atar (Zaatar) Thyme 16 Oz
  • The Spice Way -“Shakshuka” Spice Blend – Gourmet Spice Blend


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