Today I’m taking a break from desserts to share this Roasted Carrot Salad.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Even though I love sweets and serve up lots of recipes for them here on Inspired by Charm, I have been dieting for the past month or so. In fact, I went back on Jenny Craig (with whom I partnered last year). The program worked well for me then, so I thought I’d give it a go again. To date, I’m down about 12 pounds, but my hope is to lose even more.

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When it comes to food, I’m all about balance. Yesterday I shared a decadent cake recipe. Despite being on a diet, you can bet I enjoyed a couple pieces of that cake. Yes, I ate less for lunch and dinner and worked my butt off on the treadmill, but I wasn’t missing out on Cream Puff Cake.

Through my dieting, I’ve noticed what a difference eating lots of fresh greens and veggies can have on my mood, energy level, and general sense of well being. As a result, I’ve been choosing to have vegetables whenever possible, even if I’d rather eat cake all day every day.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

The great thing about veggies is that they can take on fabulous flavors, depending on how you prepare them. Roasting them is one of my favorite methods. It brings out the sweetness, and it is almost effortless as you’ll see in my Roasted Carrot Salad. You just need olive oil, spices, and salt and pepper.

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

One of the best things about this salad is that it involves a little blue cheese. – I’m game for anything with a sprinkle of blue cheese. (If you prefer gorgonzola, goat cheese, or feta cheese, use one of those instead. This is an adaptable recipe.)

This Roasted Carrot Salad is a delicious and #easy #salad #recipe for #spring and #summer.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

You’ll find that this salad is also easy to prepare. The main work is peeling, slicing, and roasting the carrots. The rest of the ingredients just get tossed together.

While this salad is best served as a side dish, you could toss in cubed or shredded chicken to make it a meal.

Learn how to make this delicious roasted #carrot #salad #recipe with arugula, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Whatever you do, I think you’ll love the combination of flavors as much as I do. The sweetness of the cranberries works beautifully with the tangy blue cheese, the peppery arugula adds a little bite, and the rich look and flavor of the roasted carrots complement everything.

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Roasted Carrot Salad

Serves 6

2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 (4 ounces) package Danish blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 cups arugula


Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the carrots, almonds, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread out in an even layer. Roast the carrots for about 30 minutes until they are soft and the edges start to turn brown. Stir them twice while roasting. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

Transfer the carrots to a large bowl. Drizzle with vinegar and honey. Toss to coat. Add the blue cheese, cranberries, and arugula. Mix gently to combine.

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This Roasted Carrot Salad is a delicious and #easy #salad #recipe for #spring and #summer.

Salad perfected, my friends!

A simple and delicious Roasted Carrot Salad Recipe. #salad #carrots #recipe

Toss this up for Easter, at your next party, or when you want to fancy up a weeknight meal. It’s a sure winner!

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  • nancy at

    This looks delicious.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Vikki at

    Oh wow, this salad sounds sooooooo good! I’ll be trying this for sure. Thanks.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You bet! Enjoy, Vikki!

      xo Michael

  • Millie at

    I made this tonight using feta instead of blue cheese. It was great! I made the mistake of sampling the carrots when they were warm; it took a lot of discipline not to just eat them all then!

  • Debra at

    Perfect dish for my Passover seder next weekend! Beautiful appearance and can easily be assembled last minute. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda at

    Michael, I love your site and all the wonderful ideas. I’d love sometime for you to show us how you store all your accessory items, dishes, serving pieces, linens, etc. Do you actually own all of them or just borrow them for your blog? I have quite a few things and would love to collect more but would like to have more ideas on how and where to store them all so they’d be more easily accessible. Thanks and HAPPY EASTER TO YOU!!

  • Sabrina at

    nice carrot salad, love the almonds and blue cheese, thank you

  • KimS at

    Michael, I thought you did a FANTASTIC job this spring with your recipes and decoration ideas. I made this salad and it is SO beautiful! Thank your for the work you do–I love your blog. Happy Easter!

  • Emma at

    I made this salad for a small family Easter gathering and everyone loved it! Thanks for including a few cheese options too–a friend who doesn’t like blue cheese wants to make this recipe and when she saw feta is OK, she was happy.

    I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for years!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so happy to read this, Emma! Thank you! (And great name – it’s my niece’s name too!)

      xo Michael

  • Kristen at

    I adore this salad! I shared the recipe at work (with credit and link to your site) and it was a fan favorite! In fact, they’d like to include it in a calendar they’re printing for next year. Would you give permission to do so? If yes, how to credit you?

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