Zanahorias Aliñadas (Marinated Carrots)

marinated carrotsThe bounty of carrots and this mild weather has us craving this great carrot dish we discovered a few years ago…not quite pickled, but not quite cooked carrots, but all delicious!  This was  part of our first Tapas Farmhouse Lunch we served to a group from Norwich and we repeated it with others groups.  No wonder these carrots appear on many a bar menu in the Andalusian area of Spain, they are easy, tasty and unique. And served at room temperature, ah so easy!



6-7 large carrots (1-2 lbs)

2-4 garlic cloves

1 T dried oregano

2 t cumin

1 t smoked Spanish paprika (hot or sweet)

⅓ c of apple cider vinegar (or substitute another mild vinegar)

Salt to taste

Extra virgin olive oil




1. Bring about a half gallon of water to a boil with a spoonful of salt.

2. Wash and end the carrots, then add to the boiling water

3. Boil the carrots until they are just tender– do not overcook! Then drain them and cover in cold water to let them cool.

4. Mash the garlic and spices in a mortar and pestle or processor until you have a paste.

5. When the carrots have cooled, cut them into large round slices and put them into your serving bowl or a container that will fit easily in your fridge.

6. Add the garlic paste to the carrots and stir and then add equal parts of vinegar and water until the carrots are covered with liquid.

7. Cover the carrots and allow them to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge.

8. Spoon the out of the liquid with a slotted spoon and serve with high quality olive oil and a pinch of salt. Some fresh herbs on top are also nice.