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Oven-roasted, lightly charred carrots benefit from a blast of vinegar, lemon and salty, crumbled feta. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Oven-roasted carrots get their caramelized sweetness from honey, balanced by a tangy dose of vinegar and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. When tossed with feta, the result is a refreshing, salty, and multi-textural alternative to staid or overly sweet vegetable preparations.

While wholly unnecessary, if you want to make the dish heftier, you can throw in some shredded roasted or rotisserie chicken. A sprinkle of minced parsley makes a nice addition, too.

About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.

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