A new recipe and this one is GOOD. Spicy. Moroccan. Carrot. Dip. Look at that color!
I’ve been to Morocco, actually! And I didn’t have anything like this when I was there. Mostly I enjoyed couscous and the like. However, I discovered this dip at a local cafe and fell in love. When doing research for this recipe, I found that this dip is most commonly referred to as Moroccan Carrot Dip, so I kept the name, ensuring people who are searching for this recipe, like I was, can find it!
I love this dip so much because it’s hummus’ lighter, sweeter cousin. Carrots replace chickpeas giving it a fluffy texture that’s slightly sweet, but cut with a spice of harissa. It’s full of tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon, making it reminiscent of everyone’s favorite mediterranean dishes, but also incredibly unique!
It’s easy to whip up, allergy friendly, and made from VEGETABLES. What could be better? And with the plethora of carrots at the farmers market right now, I can’t be the only one who needs a way to use them up.
The recipe requires 2 steps: boil your carrots (20 min) and place everything in the food processor (5 min). SERVE 🙂
It’s perfect for a cheese platter, summer snack, or spread on a sandwich (yes- so good!). I sprinkled a hefty pinch of za’atar on top, which if you haven’t tried before you will love. It’s a middle eastern spice that I was first introduced to by my Papa, like all the best middle eastern dishes. And if you can’t find it near you, you can order it online (affiliate link), or make your own!
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons ground sumac
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
The za’atar adds a special touch that puts this dip over the top, so if you can include it, you definitely should. It’s also just a great spice mix to have around for spicing up hummus, toast, yogurt, chicken or fish, and any roasted vegetables.
I hope you love this dip as much as we do! Have a great week, xx Karlie
- Boil carrots for 20 minutes, or until fork-tender.
- Place all ingredients, except za'atar in food processor and blend until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as desired, adding more harissa for spice, lemon for acidity, or salt.
- Sprinkle with hefty amount of za'atar and serve.