The 'Everywhere' French Carrot Salad

This is essentially grated carrot in a light oil and lemon dressing and tossed with a little parsley or coriander. I suppose it's akin to a 'fresher' version of coleslaw, in that it has a bit of a zing from the citrus and none of the sweet creaminess from the mayo dressing. Don't be fooled by its simplicity.


  • 350g (12oz) carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • a small bunch of parsley or coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Put the grated carrots in a large bowl (it's easier to mix anything in a larger bowl).
  2. Now combine the oil, lemon juice, honey, ground cumin, salt and pepper to make a dressing. I add them all to a jar, then screw on the lid and give it a good shake. Adjust the ingredients to your taste if necessary.
  3. Toss the carrots with the dressing and fork through the chopped, fresh herbs.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least an hour and serve at room temperature.

Keywords: carrot, vegetables, salad, side, healthy