The salad recipe I’m sharing today is small but mighty. It’s not loaded with leafy greens. In fact, it’s quite a simple salad. My crunchy grated carrot salad is the perfect snack or side dish.

I created this salad for my Autumn Cleanse as a snack recipe since the healthy fats give you an afternoon refresh. The lemon and orange also brighten it up because we could all use a little extra sunshine in our lives.

easy grated carrot salad

This bright salad is not really main event material yet it works perfectly as a side dish or snack. It’ll definitely add vibrancy to your tablescape.

Table of Contents
  1. Simple Carrot Salad Tips
  2. Extra Topping Options
  3. Carrot Nutrition
  4. Carrot Salad FAQs
  5. More Carrot Recipes
  6. Crunchy Carrot Salad Recipe

Simple Carrot Salad Tips

The hardest part of this recipe is deciding whether to peel the carrots or grate them thinly. You do you!

I turn to this salad for an afternoon pick-me-up instead of veggies and dip because, well, it’s healthier. But the dressing does elevate this dish to more than just peeled carrots and some greens.

grating vegetables for a healthy snack

Extra Topping Options

Feel free to up the protein in this salad with chickpeas or black beans. Use toasted sunflower seeds for a different flavor and feel free to add in some spices of your choice. The classic French carrot salad also includes fruit, so add that as a topping.

Carrot Nutrition

Everyone knows that carrots are healthy. The beta carotene that makes them orange is great for eye health. They are naturally sweet yet low in natural sugar. The nutrients in carrots have been shown to protect the body from several kinds of cancer.

fresh garden carrots

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 day or two without the dressing on it.

More 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!

4.19 from 162 votes

Crunchy Carrot Salad

This is my plant-powered take on a classic recipe. It is lighter, brighter, and not weighed down by mayo. Serve as-is for a wonderful side dish or double and enjoy as the main event.
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2

Ingredients  

  • 2 carrots peeled into strips
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • dash ground black pepper
  • dash sea salt

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp orange juiced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • You can grate the carrots for this salad instead of peeling them into strips.
  • 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 Autumn Cleanse, I used rainbow carrots because they’re fun! 

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Sodium: 45mg, Potassium: 356mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 10368IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 3 stars
    The salad was very simple with delicious flavors. However, I feel like I was missing something.

  5. 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!

  6. 4 stars
    Couldnt have the salad as a whole meal because I didnt think it would fill me up so I added spinach, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, olives and it was a good hearty meal after a workout. Feeling full but light at the same time! Dressing wasnt as good but So i changed it to the pasta salad dressing and it was bomb!

    1. Wow, way to make it your own. Great ideas on adding in more veggies and dressing you already made!

  7. 4 stars
    I Loved The Bright Beautiful Color. I Like Carrots Whole, Sliced, Shredded And Diced 🙂 The Orange And Lemon Dressing Was Simple Yet Delicious. I Topped My Salad With Thinly Sliced Almonds And Raisins. I Will Make This Salad Again.

  8. 3 stars
    I didn’t like this one, the cilantro tasted odd in the dressing and the raw carrot tasted odd

  9. 3 stars
    Not crazy about this one. I served this as a side dish alongside Trader Joe’s Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burgers. I love that it’s colorful and easy to make, but my family was not impressed.

    1. 5 stars
      So fresh and crunchy indeed! The simplicity of this salad allowed the bright fresh flavours to shine. A quick and easy side salad for any day of the week!

  10. 4 stars
    Salad was good and orange in dressing nice. We thought was missing something and added strawberries about 1/2 way thru. Good not in top 3 but good