french carrot salad

The ultimate French carrot salad

If you were to poll French households about the one dish they make on a regular basis, it would likely be this ultimate French carrot salad. I grew up with it. Maman made it at home. It would be served at the school canteen. The local butcher/deli shop as well as the supermarket would sell it by the pound or in individual to-go containers. It’s on the menu of probably every bistro in France (as part of an “assiette de crudités”, sometimes).

It’s delicious. Healthy. Oh, so simple! And I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like it, even the pickiest eaters.

What’s in the ultimate French carrot salad?

Carrots are considered a perfect health food. We’ve all heard our mother tell us to eat them to get a beautiful skin, or to have better eye sight…Ironically, some of these claims result from a World War II propaganda campaign aimed at deceiving the Germans (no, carrots do not really improve your night time vision. Radars do. And nowadays, night vision goggles). But in all honesty, carrots are a good source of several crucial vitamins and minerals. Particularly beta carotene, vitamin K1, potassium, and many plant compounds, especially carotenoids, such as beta carotene and lutein. They are also a great source of fiber.

Lemon. The ultimate source of vitamin C!

Extra virgin olive oil. A staple of the Mediterranean Diet. It is by now universally acknowledged that it is one of the healthiest sources of fat you can consume. But if you still need to be convinced, check out this article in Medical News Today

Parsley! More vitamins (K, A and C) and powerful plant compounds.

And finally: garlic! The other quintessential Mediterranean Diet staple loaded with health benefits. I like a bit of garlic in my carrot salad, but if you are serving picky eaters that can’t stand even a hint of raw garlic, just omit it. It’s optional.

Some recipes I have run across on various websites add sugar (non non non…!) or raisins (mon Dieu, ce n’est pas Français!). Pure blasphemy. I have banned these websites from my search lists.

What is the best way to shred carrots

Hands down: a food processor with a shredding disk. That is the most painless and safest method.

Second best would be a shredder attachment for a stand mixer. That’s actually what Maman used in her kitchen back in the day…

Third option is a box grater. It will, however, require some elbow grease. And the danger of incorporating a bit of flesh and blood in your salad ;-(

How fine you shred your carrots is a matter of personal preference and experimentation. The finer you shred them, the more tender they will be, but also the more juice they will render. This salad can easily sit in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and the carrots will continue to soften anyway. If you prefer it on the crunchy side, use a larger shredding size.

So, grab some carrots and try this at home! Pour yourself a glass of red wine and imagine yourself sitting at a bistro terrace in Paris. Pure bliss!

Oh, and if you buy fresh carrots with nice green tops, make sure you save them and make our Carrot top pesto!

Other recipes to try:

Classic creamy coleslaw

Roasted root vegetables

Somewhere over the rainbow there’s a salad

Lebanese cabbage salad

Red cabbage and apricot salad

Quinoa, chickpea and fennel salad

Watermelon and feta salad

french carrot salad
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
5 from 3 votes

The ultimate French carrot salad

This ultimate French carrot salad is delicious, healthy, and oh so simple. Guaranteed success even with the pickiest eaters.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and shred your carrots. Place them in a bowl.
  • Add finely minced garlic.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the bowl. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Toss well. Add parsley and toss again.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Notes

This salad will keep 3 to 4 days in your refrigerator in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The ultimate French carrot salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
118
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
226
mg
10
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
14
g
5
%
Dietary Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Total Sugars
 
6
g
7
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
0
g
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
19119
IU
382
%
Vitamin C
 
24
mg
29
%
Calcium
 
49
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
416
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Heads up: my posts may contain affiliate links! If you buy something through one of those links, you won't pay a penny more but we'll get a small commission, which helps keep the light on. For more details, read our affiliate disclosure. Thanks!

One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    delicious…and I have seen an extremely picky eater devour this!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.