TikTok has gifted the world with a ton of food trends, from pesto eggs to baked feta pasta to corn ribs. Our current obsession? Carrot dip, a creamy, flavorful, spreadable appetizer that’s won the hearts of foodies everywhere, including the vegan queen herself, Lizzo. Here’s how to make Nasim Lahbichi’s carrot dip at home, plus a few snacks that we’re betting it’d pair great with.
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The original recipe was shared on TikTok earlier this month by Nasim Lahbichi (@lahbco), a recipe creator whose plant-based dishes are beloved by more than 325,000 followers. The dip was inspired by a Moroccan carrot salad that his dad used to make when he was a kid. It’s spicy, sweet, vibrant and warming, thanks to the slew of spices that the vegetables are sautéed in.
Once the recipe went viral, Lizzo decided to give it a go herself. She shared a video on TikTok, where she ate the dip for breakfast with almond flour crackers, vegan sausage and spinach. Despite not having a few spices and herbs that the recipe called for on hand, Lizzo raved about the dip with an enthusiastic “mhm, mhm.”
How To Make Tiktok Carrot Dip
Here’s a simplified version of the recipe that we based on the O.G. TikTok. For the full recipe, visit Lahbichi’s website here.
- Olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Cumin, to taste
- Sumac, to taste (optional)
- 1 pound carrots, chopped into rounds
- 1 orange, juiced and zested
- One 1-inch piece ginger, minced
- ½ bunch parsley, chopped
- 1 handful toasted nuts (hazelnuts or walnuts are best, but almonds or pistachios would work too)
- Aleppo pepper flakes (substitute crushed red pepper flakes if you don’t have)
- Harissa (or tomato paste if you don’t want it as spicy)
Step 1: Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and sauté until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon, cumin and sumac to the pan and sauté for another 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add the carrots to the pan and cook until softened, about 15 to 20 minutes. Once soft, let them cool.
Step 3: Transfer the cooked ingredients to a food processor or blender. Add the orange juice and zest, parsley, nuts, Aleppo pepper and harissa, as well as additional cinnamon, cumin and sumac to taste. Add a drizzle or so more of olive oil for texture, then pulse and purée until the dip is evenly combined and spreadable. Top with parsley and chopped nuts, then serve.
What to Serve with TikTok Carrot Dip
Like most veggie dips and hummuses, this Moroccan-inspired carrot dip tastes good on just about any crudité, chip, bread or cracker. While we’re more than happy to devour it with a variety of dippable snacks, we can also see it doubling as a sandwich spread (like pesto) or even as a “sauce” on veggie pizza. Here are a few of our favorite pairing ideas.
1. Spring Crudités With Romesco Sauce
2. Easy Zucchini Chips
’Tis the season to use this summer squash every chance you get. Our favorite way to transform it is by slicing it into rounds and baking them into chips. They’re crisp, salty and neutral tasting, meaning they taste good with any dip you throw at them.
3. Ultimate Cheese Plate With Roasted Grapes
Reserve a corner on your next cheese board for this unexpected dip that’s *way* more impressive than store-bought hummus or tzatziki.
4. Falafel Patties
It’s our favorite chickpea magic trick in the book. These tiny fritters are nothing short of addictive, especially dunked in sriracha mayonnaise. That said, we’re whole-heartedly confident that they and spicy carrot dip were made for each other.
5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
When in doubt, you can always lean on old faithful. The spices used in the carrot dip will pair just as flawlessly with sweet potatoes.