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Simple and Elegant White Carrot Salad Recipe

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Dirt Candy's White Carrot Salad

Crispy, sweet and light, this salad can quickly be thrown together as a side dish for carrot buns, easy stir-fries or other Asian-flavored main dishes.

— Yasmin Fahr

Click here to see Dirt Candy's Vegetarian Carrot Bun Slide Show


  • 3 cups julienned white carrots
  • 2 cups julienned hot-house cucumbers (no seeds)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 teaspoons finely julienned ginger
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • Salt, to taste


Mix everything right before ready to serve. Add salt to taste.

French Carrot Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Ever wondered how to take a bunch of carrots and turn it into a can’t-stop-eating-it Carrot Salad? The French know! Grate them then toss with a simple yet mouthwatering Honey Mustard Lemon Dressing. It adds tons of flavour and makes the carrot “juicy” with a Coleslaw-like texture.

One bite and you’ll know this is a keeper!

I'd love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review below. Or snap a photo and share it on Instagram be sure to tag me @onceuponachef.

This grated carrot salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette is standard fare in French bistros and markets.


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 finely sliced scallions (or 1tablespoon finely chopped shallots)


  1. Grate the carrots in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the dijon mustard, lemon juice, honey, vegetable oil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the carrots, fresh parsley and scallions (or shallots) and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Notes: Depending on the sweetness of the carrots, you may want to add more or less honey. Also, if you make this salad ahead of time, be sure to check the seasoning again before serving as the flavors tend to mellow.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 253 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

Carrot Salad Serving Suggestions

This carrot salad recipe is incredibly versatile, so it’s a great one to have in your back pocket. As-written, it’s a stellar side dish for a dinner or brunch. For dinner, pair it with brothy white beans, veggie burgers or black bean burgers, crispy falafel, or a protein of your choice. If you’re serving it for brunch, try pairing it with any of these savory recipes:

Round out the meal with something sweet! My chocolate chip muffins, blueberry scones, cinnamon rolls, or French toast would be excellent. For more brunch ideas, check out this post.

Otherwise, I like to eat this carrot salad for lunch. I often pair it with an egg salad or Caprese sandwich, or I top it with crispy roasted chickpeas and enjoy it on its own.

What is Namasu?

Namasu (なます) is daikon and carrot salad lightly pickled in sweetened vinegar. It’s also called Kohaku (red and white) Namasu (紅白なます). It was first introduced to Japan from China around the 700s (Nara period).

Red and white are considered celebratory colors in Japan and these colors are often used in many traditional ceremonies. Namasu has been especially enjoyed during the New Year in Japan and you can find this dish in Osechi Ryori (Japanese New Year foods).

29 Epic Salad Recipes

This time of year, all I want to eat are big, fresh, colorful salads. So, I rounded up a casual twenty-nine of my favorites for you to enjoy. You can always view my full salad archives here.

If you have a copy of my cookbook, crack open the salads chapter! You’ll find eleven more of my favorite salads, plus four of my go-to homemade salad dressings, side salad suggestions for each season, and a five-step guide to designing your own epic salad.

Salads keep best when the dressing is stored separately from the rest. I like to make a big batch of salad and keep it in the fridge for whenever hunger strikes. Just drizzle dressing into individual portions and enjoy. What kind of salad would you like to see next?

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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:

  • With a main course: Serve with grilled salmon, grilled shrimp, pesto salmon, grilled tilapia, veggie burger or portobello burger.
  • Plate of salads: Try with creamy potato salad, Italian pasta salad, Greek orzo salad, French lentil salad, cucumber salad, or watermelon salad.
  • For lunch: Add easy chickpea salad, tofu scramble, easy cannellini beans, easy white beans, or chickpea salad sandwich.

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

The best way to store carrot tops (after washing and thoroughly drying) is to wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel and place them in a resealable zipper-lock bag. I've been loving my reusable zipper-lock bags, not only are they high-quality, but they're 100% nontoxic and are a great way to cut back on plastic waste in the kitchen.

Carrot tops (aka carrot greens) have an earthy "root vegetable" flavor, similar to beet greens or Swiss chard. Their flavor is somewhat of a hybrid between parsley and carrots—they are delicious!

"These are definitely delicious carrots and so simple to make. I used a bag of baby carrots and just threw all of the ingredients into a pot with one cup of water.”

“What a delicious way to serve carrots. Even my carrot hating husband ate them. Nice complimentary flavors with the extra sweetness from the glaze. So simple to pull together on short notice.”

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