Carrot, parsnip, & orange salad with a quick Ethiopian awaze vinaigrette

Awaze is a spicy pepper paste that is made with berbere, the most important and frequently used red chilli spice blend in Ethiopian cooking.

It can be used as a dip but also works great as a marinade. If you love spicy food, awaze is an amazing paste to have on hand. I always have a jar in my fridge and use it on a daily basis.

My first ebook has the full recipe. Below you will find a recipe for an awaze vinaigrette.

This recipe is my take on Marcus Samuelsson's Roasted Carrots With Ayib and Awaze Vinaigrette. I have made his recipe several times and simplified it a bit. This is a delectable side dish and a great pick if you want impress your friends or show off your cooking skills.

Ethiopian Awaze Vinaigrette Salad - Ethiopian Vegan Food - ethiopianfoodie
Ethiopian Awaze Vinaigrette Salad - Ethiopian Vegan Food - ethiopianfoodie

Time: 40 minutes Serves: 2 as a side Ingredients

  • 250g carrots, peeled and cut diagonally

  • 250g parsnips, peeled and cut diagonally

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds

  • 1 tablespoon Amaarech korerima

  • Olive oil

  • Salt & pepper

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley

  • 1 cup ayib (Ethiopian cottage cheese - recipe in ebook vol 2)

For the quick awaze vinaigrette


  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper, add the carrots, parsnips, and orange slices.

  • Season with olive oil, korerima, salt, pepper and roast in a preheated oven tossing halfway for 30 to 40 mins, or until fork tender. Let the veggies cool slightly.

  • While the veggies are roasting, make the quick awaze vinaigrette by whisking the ingredients listed above together. Set aside.

  • Transfer the veggies onto a plate, top with the parsley and ayib, and drizzle a generous amount of the awaze vinaigrette on top.


  • If you are using the awaze recipe from ebook vol 1, take a tablespoon of the awaze paste and mix it with lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper to make it thin enough to drizzle.

  • The awaze vinaigrette can be used to flavour other veggies too.

  • Ayib can be substituted with a cheese of your choice.