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Carrots are in season and so is basil. Keep your sides simple on your July 4th buffet by combining just these two farm-fresh ingredients for maximum flavor. This side goes perfectly with grilled meats or even fried chicken.

Fourth of July sides

Image: Bluegrass Gatherings by the Junior League of Louisville

Fourth of July sides

Basil Carrots

Junior League of Louisville Cookbook
These basil carrots are simple, yet incredibly flavorful! They make the perfect healthy side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side, Appetizer or Side
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 35 kcal


  • 1 pound carrots peeled and sliced, or 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • Dash of pepper


  • Cook the carrots in a saucepan of boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain. Remove to a serving bowl.
  • Whisk the melted butter, lemon juice, and garlic salt in a bowl.
  • Drizzle over the carrots.
  • Sprinkle with the basil and pepper.
  • Note: This is a perfect side dish for pork tenderloin or chicken.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 35kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 12639IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Carrots
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