This Harissa Carrot Dip is a fantastic, flavor-packed alternative to hummus! It's made with spiced, slow-roasted carrots, that get blended into a creamy dip with lentils, almonds, spicy harissa paste, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil! It's insanely flavorful, super healthy, and perfect for dipping or adding to bowls!
Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Add carrots, olive oil, smoked paprika, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper to the baking sheet and toss to coat. Bake for 50 minutes, or until carrots are soft and slightly shriveled, tossing once or twice during baking. Let cool.
Once carrots have cooled, add to a food processor along with the lentils, almonds, harissa, garlic, lemon juice, cilantro, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With the processor running, slowly stream in the ice water and blend until dip is even creamier. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve with dippers of choice!
*For a time-saving hack, sometimes I like to buy the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe's! Otherwise, I just boil black lentils with salted water and a bay leaf for 18-20 minutes or until they're tender, and drain!
*Harissa paste can vary greatly in spice level. I most often use the harissa from Trader Joe's, and it's spicy. 1 tablespoon in this recipe is still relatively spicy, so if you don't like spice, maybe use half. With other brands of milder harissa, you might have to use up to 2 tablespoons. To be safe, I'd start with 1/2-1 tablespoon!