Barbecue Carrots & Turnips with Yogurt & Pecans

February 01, 2019

Barbecue Carrots & Turnips with Yogurt & Pecans

Yields 4 servings

A perfect Super Bowl Sunday side!


3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
½  pound Local Roots carrots, scrubbed, halved lengthwise
½ pound Local Roots hakurei turnips, scrubbed, halved
3 tablespoons olive oil
⅓ cup pecans
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon chopped dill
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus more for serving


  1. Combine brown sugar, paprika, cumin, celery salt, granulated garlic, onion powder, cayenne, 1 Tbsp. salt, and 1 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Cook carrots and turnips in a large pot of boiling, generously salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; transfer carrots to a medium bowl. Add oil and spice mixture and rub carrots to coat. Let sit at room temperature 1–3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until fragrant and slightly darkened, 10–15 minutes; let cool, then coarsely chop.
  4. Meanwhile, mix yogurt, buttermilk, dill, and 2 tsp. lemon juice in a small bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper.
  5. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. (Or, you can use a grill pan over medium-high.) Grill carrots and turnips, cut side down, until they are lightly charred and sugar begins to caramelize and bubble, about 3 minutes.
  6. Arrange carrots on a platter, drizzle with dressing and more lemon juice, and top with pecans.

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