Published in Carolina Country Magazine April 2021
Originally to be a carrot salad, this is what I ended up with when working on the recipe. The green goddess dressing ended up with the spotlight, BUT… the roasted carrots and veggies… with a few shrimp skewers on the side, ended up getting a place too.
Roasted veggies are a way to share with family and friends who aren’t big fans of vegetables. High heat makes that delicious natural sugar tucked inside blossom… and caramelizes them into something beyond the usual. They can be enjoyed hot out of the oven… room temp… even chilled for healthy snacking. My Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing is the perfect accompaniment for drizzling or dipping.
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High temperatures paired with abundant vegetables make for healthy nibbles or a light meal. Roasting brings out the natural sugars in your vegetables that caramelize for a sweet zing. Exact measurements are not needed — make as much as you need for your crew. Dollop with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again.
- cajun seasoning
- Carrots (we chose a variety, but one type will do)
- whole radishes
- Thick slices of red onion
- white raisins
- toasted pine nuts
- Fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano and/or sage)
- olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Thread shrimp onto skewers and brush with oil. Dust with Cajun seasoning. Set aside.
Wash and dry carrots and radishes. Both can be roasted as is or sliced in half if large. Cut off tops, leaving about an inch. You could also cut a bag of colored carrots into diagonal halves and some in rounds, just for fun.
Scatter carrots, radishes and onion slices on baking pan; toss with olive oil. Roast 30 minutes or so, until caramelized, tossing about halfway to roast all sides.
Add shrimp skewers to baking pans and roast another 8–10 minutes until done.
Sprinkle with raisins, nuts and chopped fresh herbs. Serve warm or at room temperature with the Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing.