French Carrot Salad – Downshiftology

Amanda M. Rye

This bistro-style French carrot salad will make eating carrots exciting again! The combination of grated carrots with a honey Dijon mustard dressing is surprising magical.

French carrot salad in a large white bowl

Initially, I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted this carrot salad to turn out. I had a bundle of carrots, lots of herbs, and the cravings for a simple, healthy, vegetable-heavy salad. But then I remembered this bistro-style carottes râpées (grated carrot salad) I had at a cafe back in France years ago.

I mean, I’ve had grated carrot salads before. But the dressing in this one really stood out to me. The combination of lemon, honey, Dijon mustard, and especially cumin made this so delicious – to the point where I couldn’t stop at just one serving!

So today, I’ve recreated my favorite French carrot salad recipe for you to try in your own kitchen. This recipe is truly simplicity at its finest.

French carrot salad ingredients on a table

French Carrot Salad Recipe Ingredients

Luckily, you don’t need much for this French carrot salad. Just a few vegetables (namely, carrots!) and dressing ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

  • Vegetables: Grab a big bunch of the best-looking carrots and some green onions.
  • Fresh Herbs: Finely chopped herbs compliment the carrots so well. I’m using fresh parsley, but you could use cilantro as well.
  • Salad Dressing: A simple blend of olive oil, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, cumin, and a pinch of black pepper makes for the perfect dressing.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Grating carrots in a food processor for French carrot salad

How to Grate Carrots For a Salad

There are two ways to grate carrots for this salad. You can use the grater attachment on your food processor (which is how I’ve done it today), or you can use a standard box grater. The food processor is faster and produces longer pieces, and the box grater produce smaller and shorter pieces. But either way works!

Once all the ingredients are prepped, toss together everything in a bowl – and that’s it, you’re done!

Helpful tip: You can save time by grating the carrots a day or two in advance. Just store them in a sealed bag or container in the fridge, making sure to squeeze out all the air.

French carrot salad in a large glass bowl

Storage Tips

This French carrot salad will last about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. But I recommend eating it sooner rather than later to avoid a super soggy salad.

Helpful tip: Make this carrot salad 1 to 2 hours in advance. This will allow the carrots to soak up all that delicious dressing!

More Healthy Carrot Recipes

There are so many health benefits to carrots. They’re fibrous, loaded with nutrients, a great source of beta-carotene, and so on. So give these other delicious carrot recipes a try!

Whenever you need a quick side salad to complete your meal, this French carrot salad is a winner. When you make it, let me know how it turns out in a comment below!

A large bowl of French carrot salad with a spoon

French Carrot Salad

This French carrot salad recipe will make carrots exciting again! It’s easy, zesty, slightly sweet, and lightly spiced with cumin.

Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 386mg, Potassium: 416mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 19324IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg

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