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Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce

These roasted carrot strings are bright, fresh and lemony with a little bit of crunch; a really fun way to eat your carrots!

Saturday I made 59 pizzelle with my mom.

The {family} recipe called for 2 sticks of margarine.

Yep, margarine (and for the record, I begged her to use butter instead).

Do people even still eat that stuff?

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings |

Let me just say this after that experience, if you ever need something to jolt you out of a week of non-stop sweets, soften 2 sticks of margarine in the microwave and take one glance at the result.

If the neon yellow blob staring back at you doesn’t kick your sweet tooth to the curb, there’s no hope.

So instead of making the apricot brandy cake I’m supposed to bring to Christmas eve dinner like I should’ve yesterday, I played with carrots and Meyer lemons.

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings |

Beautiful red, orange, yellow organic carrots and sweet Meyer lemons, just about as far from the chemical shit storm called margarine I could get.

I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a vegetable as much as I did these carrot strings in a verrrrry long time.

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings |

If zucchini noodles didn’t convince you to buy a julienne peeler, then I hope these roasted carrot strings do.

Five minutes spent spiralizing some carrots with the julienne peeler and they turn into an almost shoe-string fry-like texture after roasting.

If you use a real spiralizer, you’ll get thicker strands like in this Mediterranean carrot salad. They’ll still work!

The best part though is the Meyer lemon basil dressing the roasted carrot strings are tossed in first making each bite bright and refreshing.

Oh, and the little crunchy pieces scattered throughout, I dare you to not pick them out one by one straight out of the oven…so good!

If you love this recipe, try my air fryer carrot recipe too. They’re perfectly tender with crispy golden brown edges and ready in just 20 minutes!

Meyer Lemon Roasted Carrot Strings with Lemon Garlic Sauce

These roasted carrot strings are bright, fresh and lemony with a little bit of crunch; a really fun way to eat your carrots!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1.5 pound organic carrots peeled with a julienne peeler (or cut into very thin strips)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 meyer lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves chiffonade

For the Lemon Garlic Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • juice of 1/2 a meyer lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper in a small bowl.
  • Toss the carrot strings with the dressing in a large bowl.
  • Add the basil and toss to combine.
  • Spread the carrots evenly onto the baking sheet.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, tossing often to help them crisp up.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the yogurt sauce in a small bowl.
  • Remove the carrots from the oven, plate and serve with the yogurt sauce and extra basil as a garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 325mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Side Dishes
Keyword meyer lemon roasted carrot strings, roasted carrot strings


Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Wednesday 24th of January 2018

Can these be made a day ahead and do they remain crispy?

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Wednesday 24th of January 2018

I don't think these will retain their crispiness if made ahead. Carrots tend to get soggy if they sit.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Thursday 4th of December 2014

love the colors here!! so vibrant!

Christie Daruwalla

Thursday 4th of December 2014

This is a gorgeous salad and I love that you used carrots. Got to get out my julienne peeler and give this a try.