French Carrot Salad

French Carrot Salad

Such humble simple ingredients meld together into this classic French dish.

Traditionally carrots are shredded into thin matchsticks, but in this recipe I’m simply grating them.

In addition to the classic version, I also made a sweeter version by adding honey, some dried fruit and nuts.

The vibrant colours and clean crisp flavours will surprise you. Hope you give it a try.

DifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 mins

Classic French Carrot Salad
 10 medium carrots
 ½ cup lemon juice
 ¼ cup olive oil
 1 tsp Dijon, or more to taste
 2 tsp honey, optional
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 pinch sugar
 1 pinch salt
 Additional garnishes, optional (such as parsley, dried fruit, seeds and nuts)

1

Shred carrots using small or large holes of your grater, according to preference. Sprinkle shredded carrots with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper.

2

Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon and honey, if using, in a small bowl until well-blended.

3

Pour some of the dressing on top of carrots. The idea is not to overdress the salad but to coat carrots so they are glistening. You may have some dressing leftover.

4

This salad is best after it had at least an hour for the flavours to meld in the fridge. Toss it again right before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed with more salt, sugar and pepper.

5

Serve as is or toss in additional ingredients, such as parsley, dried fruit, seeds and nuts.

Ingredients

Classic French Carrot Salad
 10 medium carrots
 ½ cup lemon juice
 ¼ cup olive oil
 1 tsp Dijon, or more to taste
 2 tsp honey, optional
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 pinch sugar
 1 pinch salt
 Additional garnishes, optional (such as parsley, dried fruit, seeds and nuts)

Directions

1

Shred carrots using small or large holes of your grater, according to preference. Sprinkle shredded carrots with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper.

2

Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon and honey, if using, in a small bowl until well-blended.

3

Pour some of the dressing on top of carrots. The idea is not to overdress the salad but to coat carrots so they are glistening. You may have some dressing leftover.

4

This salad is best after it had at least an hour for the flavours to meld in the fridge. Toss it again right before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed with more salt, sugar and pepper.

5

Serve as is or toss in additional ingredients, such as parsley, dried fruit, seeds and nuts.

French Carrot Salad

Happens to be Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo and Vegetarian: omit honey for some paleo versions; ensure to use Gluten-free and Paleo approved mustard

Make it Vegan: omit honey


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