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Table of Contents
  1. Carrot Salad Tips
  2. QUick Tip
  3. More Healthy Carrot Recipes
  4. Crunchy Carrot Salad Recipe
  5. Carrot Salad FAQs

This crunchy grated carrot salad is the perfect snack or side dish to use up any extra carrots or boost the amount of fiber you eat in a day. The carrots and healthy fats give you a nice afternoon burst of energy. The lemon and orange also brighten it up because we could all use a little extra sunshine in our lives.

The beta carotene found in carrots makes them orange and is great for eye health. They are naturally sweet yet low in natural sugar. The nutrients in carrots may help protect the body from several kinds of cancer.

easy grated carrot salad

Carrot Salad Tips

I created this salad for my Plant-Based Cleanse as a nourishing snack recipe. It’s not really main event material yet it works perfectly as a snack.

  • If you decide to buy whole carrots, you can grate them yourself. This adds more carrot flavor to the dish (store-bought shredded carrots save time, but you’ll lose out on some of the flavor).
  • Up the protein in this salad by adding chickpeas or extra sunflower seeds.
  • Toast the sunflower seeds for a richer flavor
  • Top with fresh fruit if you want more of a classic French carrot salad.

QUick Tip

Make multiple servings of this Carrot Salad and store in small snack-size containers to grab and go all week when you’re feeling hungry in between meals.

grating vegetables for a healthy snack

More Healthy Carrot Recipes

If you love this grated carrot salad, use the rest of the bag in your fridge or pull some more from the garden to use in these recipes:

Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve made it. I can’t wait to read how yours turned out!

4.21 from 194 votes

Crunchy Carrot Salad

This crunchy carrot salad is lighter, brighter, and not weighed down by mayo. The raw seeds add protein and extra crunch— this makes a great snack or healthy side dish
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2


  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup cilantro stems removed and chopped
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • dash ground black pepper
  • dash sea salt


  • 2 tbsp orange juiced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Set aside.
  • Combine carrot strips, cilantro and sunflower seeds on a plate.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • You can use whole carrots and grate them for stronger flavor.
  • Swap out the sunflower seeds with hemp hearts (still nut-free) or sliced almonds.
  • Does cilantro taste like soap to you? If so, use parsley instead.
  • Feel free to use the carrots of your choice. When I created this salad for my Plant-Based Cleanse, I used rainbow carrots because they’re fun! 


Calories: 286kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 575mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 21564IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg
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Carrot Salad FAQs

Who invented carrot salad?

The carrot salad you knew as a child is probably a French Carrot salad. It often includes fruit and is used as a side dish. Feel free to add fresh apples or raisins to my version!

How long will carrot salad stay fresh?

While this salad is at its best eaten right away, you can refrigerate it for a few days and have as a quick snack.

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  1. 5 stars
    I was pleasantly surprised with the flavors in this carrot salad. Thought it would be plain but I enjoyed it very much.

  2. 3 stars
    Quick and easy. An otherwise bland salad was transformed with this dressing. I made exactly as the recipe calls, but would like to experiment by adding different toppings next time. Was a bit cold and rainy here, so I made this to go with a vegetable barley soup.

  3. 4 stars
    good and crunchy! family loved it. the dressing has a tang . dry toast the sunflower seeds if raw and want more flavor.

  4. 4 stars
    Great salad. Nice flavors. Simple to make. I used it as a side dish to vegan Broccoli soup, from the 10 day soup challenge.

  5. This was okay but not my favorite. I used hemp seeds and added left over quinoa. Next time I will add some roasted chickpeas and that may make all the difference.

  6. 5 stars
    Pretty good salad. Much easier to make than the pasta salad. I think I would like it even more with raisins as someone else did.

  7. 4 stars
    A delicious little salad. However I feel like it should only be a side or served as a topping to something else -Tacos maybe. Or just roast the carrots and add everything after. Still I very much enjoyed drinking the dressing in the bottom of my bowl. Yum!

    1. Yum, tacos! Gotta love drinking the dressing from the bottom of the bowl!

  8. 4 stars
    I liked the citrus flavor the dressing added. This would be a good side dish salad. For one of my servings I added raisins, cause I love raisins and carrots. This was especially nice because I used my own grown carrots.

  9. 3 stars
    Tried this recipe on the 10 day salad challenge. I am not a big fan of raw carrots but this was pretty good. I used a vegetable peeler to peel straps of carrot which was a lot of work. Grating them probably would have been easier and faster.

  10. 3 stars
    The salad was very simple with delicious flavors. However, I feel like I was missing something.

  11. 3 stars
    I always love eating variations of carrot salad. I got into it after a friend suggest I try it last year. I love peeling the carrots and eating them as salad. The suggestion to try hemp seeds was a cool new idea!