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Carrot Dogs

4 servings

Source: The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester

A perfect swap for hot dogs, try these carrot dogs with your favorite condiments. Vegetarian baked beans are a fun topper to make a chili dog. 

About the Recipe

149 Calories · 5.4 g Protein · 3.6 g Fiber
Lunch · Dinner
Gluten-free · Nut-free

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene!

Be sure to choose a gluten free hot dog bun if you are following a gluten free diet. Not all soy sauces are gluten free, so check the label. Tamari is usually safe.


Makes 4 Servings

  • carrots, cut to fit the buns (4)
  • rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar and a dash of salt) (1/4 cup)
  • water (1/4 cup)
  • soy sauce (2 tbsp.)
  • garlic powder (or 1/2 clove garlic, minced) (1/4 tsp.)
  • liquid smoke (1/4 tsp.)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • hot dog buns, toasted (4)


  1. Boil water in a pot large enough for all the carrots. Lower the heat to medium and add the carrots. Cook until just fork-tender—you want them to have a snap when you bite into them. Remove from pot and run under cold water.

  2. In a container with a tight-fitting lid, combine vinegar, 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) water, soy sauce, minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon (1.2 milliliters) garlic powder), liquid smoke, and optional black pepper to taste to make the marinade. Tighten the lid and shake until well-mixed.

  3. Place the carrots in a container in which they can lie flat. Pour the marinade over them and marinate at least 3-4 hours, up to 24. The longer they marinate, the more vinegar flavor they take on. If you know you need to leave them longer than a day, cut the vinegar to 1/8 cup (30 milliliters). If the carrots are very thin, keep the time short.

  4. To serve, put the carrots in a 350 F (177 C) oven, or in a grill pan on a hot grill, until heated through, 10-15 minutes. You can also cook these in your slow cooker in the marinade. You need to check on them so they do not get mushy, so it is not a set-it-and-walk-away affair. Cook until a fork just goes through the carrot but it is still slightly firm.

  5. Serve in a toasted hot dog bun or wrapped in a lettuce or collard leaf, and pile on your favorite toppings, including mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, purple cabbage, and peppers.

Nutrition Facts

Per carrot dog

Calories: 149
Fat: 1.6 g
     Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
     Calories from Fat: 9.8%
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Protein: 5.4 g
Carbohydrate: 27.9 g
Sugar: 5.6 g
Fiber: 3.6 g
Sodium: 516 mg
Calcium: 82 mg
Iron: 1.8 mg
Vitamin C: 3.6 mg
Beta-Carotene: 5,054 mcg
Vitamin E: 0.6 mg

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