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Portuguese Marinated Carrots

15 minutes prep
10 minutes active cooking
25 minutes total

Makes 2 - 4 servings

These are often served with drinks as a petisco, the Portuguese version of a tapa, but they make a nice salad, too.

It’s quick and easy to make: just cut up and boil the carrots, then toss them in a simple marinade.

Serve these with good olives, open a cold bottle of vinho verde, and pretend you're in the Algarve.

What you'll need


For the shopping list


Carrots, cut about 1/2 inch thick

2 cloves of

Garlic, chopped

1 bunch of

Cilantro, chopped

From our shop

$14 - Oregon

$10 - Badakhshan - Afghanistan

Wild Mountain Cumin

$5 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

$13 - Boonville - California

Piment d'Espelette

$7 - India

Cubeb Peppercorns

$12 - Napa - California

Sparkling Wine Vinegar

$24 - Sicily - Italy

Antheo D.O.P


From the kitchen


Chef Knife


Cutting Board


Stock Pot


Small Mixing Bowl

Measuring Spoons

"Improve your carrot game with this old school Portuguese bar snack"

~ Jim Dixon, founder Wellspent and Real Good Food

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Cook the carrots in well-salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes, tasting frequently while they cook. You want them just barely tender, not soft. Drain and cool slightly.

Step 2

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 2 tablespoons of vinegar, then mix in 4 tablespoons of oil. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds, garlic, black pepper, and cilantro (and red pepper, if using).

Step 3

Pour over the carrots and let marinate for at least an hour. Serve at room temperature.

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Raw Honey

Old BlueOregon
Wild Mountain Cumin
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Wild Mountain Cumin

Burlap & BarrelBadakhshan - Afghanistan
Fine Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Fine Sea Salt

NectonOlhão - Portugal
Piment d'Espelette
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Piment d'Espelette

Piment d'VilleBoonville - California
Cubeb Peppercorns
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Cubeb Peppercorns

Brady WeberIndia
Sparkling Wine Vinegar

Sparkling Wine Vinegar

KatzNapa - California
Antheo D.O.P
Olive Oil

Antheo D.O.P

COPA cooperativeSicily - Italy

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