Simple Carrot Salad

This carrot salad is fresh and healthy, with a tangy vinaigrette dressing! It’s easy to make, ideal for cookouts, potlucks, as a side dish, or for lunch.

Carrot salad

Carrot salad might sound humble, but it’s anything but. Serve this carrot salad to your friends and family, and they’ll be singing your praises! We know because after we made this at our house, it disappeared within minutes. It’s simple and refreshing, featuring strings of carrots doused in a a tangy Mediterranean-style vinaigrette. Just a handful of ingredients and you have a healthy side dish you won’t want to stop eating. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients for carrot salad

This carrot salad is based on the French carrot salad, or salade de carottes râpées meaning “salad of grated carrots.” Per David Lebovitz, it’s sold all over the country at bistros, cafes and supermarkets. And we can see why! The light tangy dressing, crunchy carrots and savory sweet flavor all meld together into a dreamy concoction. The flavors are a little like what keeps us going back to the bowl of broccoli slaw or coleslaw.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple carrot salad:

  • Carrots: large or small (more about carrots here)
  • Green onions
  • Parsley
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sugar or maple syrup: use maple if you like no refined sugar recipes
  • Olive oil & salt
Carrot salad

How to julienne carrots: 3 ways!

The only hard part of this carrot salad, if there is one, is how to julienne the carrots. You can grate the carrots if you’d like, but we love the look of a good julienne. Julienne cut is cutting a vegetable into long thin matchsticks. The slices have squared off edges. You can julienne carrots with a knife if you’d like. But for this salad, there are a few faster ways:

  1. Handheld peeler: Use a handheld julienne peeler. Here’s the one we use.
  2. Food processor: Use the grating blade on a food processor. Feed in the carrots through the hole in the top of the lid.
  3. Grater: Here’s a shortcut: use the large holes on a box grater! Grated carrots are in flatter pieces than julienne, but they’ll work in a pinch.
Carrot salad

Use the Dijon mustard dressing on any salad!

The dressing for this salad is simple and tangy: made with Djion mustard, vinegar and olive oil. It’s actually a half recipe of our famous Dijon mustard dressing. It’s a vinaigrette that works on just about anything! Here are some salads it would be perfect on:

Storage info

Because this type of French carrot salad is designed to sit in a cafe or grocery store counter, it stands up to time well. You can store it refrigerated for up to 3 days, and the flavor still stays fresh and tangy. If it loses a little flavor after refrigerating, you can always mix with a little drizzle of white wine vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salad.

Easy carrot salad

Ways to serve carrot salad

This carrot salad is perfect for lots of occasions: potlucks, cookouts, to accompany a dinner main dish, or even for lunches! Here are a few ways to serve it:

Got parsley to use up? Try more of our Best Parsley Recipes.

This simple carrot salad is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Carrot salad

Simple Carrot Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This carrot salad is fresh and healthy, with a tangy vinaigrette dressing! It’s easy to make, ideal for cookouts, potlucks, as a side dish, or for lunch.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, julienned (3 cups)
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar or maple syrup, and kosher salt. Gradually mix in the olive oil.
  2. Julienne the carrots using a julienne peeler, with the grating blade on a food processor, or using the large grate holes of a box grater (this will do but the pieces aren’t as pretty).
  3. Thinly slice the green onions. Finely chop the parsley.
  4. Add all the vegetables to the bowl with the dressing and stir to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Carrot salad, Easy carrot salad, Best carrot salad

More carrot recipes

Carrots are a classic veggie that’s always a tasty addition to healthy side dishes. Here are some more standout carrot recipes:

  • Carrot Fries Full of big flavor, sprinkled with ranch seasoning and baked until lightly crispy!
  • Roasted Broccoli and Carrots This pair has the perfect flavor and color contrast, and they come out tender and browned.
  • Perfect Sauteed Carrots The perfect easy side dish, they’re made with just 3 ingredients and done in 10 minutes. Another method? Try them steamed.
  • Carrot Juice No juicer needed! It’s easy to whip up this delicious, nutrient filled drink in a blender.
  • Roasted Carrots Bake until tender with lemon wedges and fresh thyme.
  • Carrot Cake Pancakes Moist and spiced, a healthy spin that’s just sweet enough!
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

1 Comment

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    Samantha
    June 8, 2020 at 12:38 am

    This is perfect. I always end up buying more carrot than I need and wondering what to do with all the extra ones. This salad will be perfect addition to my simple dinner nights when I do one dish simple meals. Thanks for this easy recipe.

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