French Carrot Salad

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I always look for new and exciting ways to utilize vegetables. During a recent trip to France, I was introduced to a tempting French carrot salad recipe that had my taste buds dancing with delight! The combination of sweet, savory, and flavorful ingredients reminds me of Bombay Carrot Salad and has become a must-have addition to my salad list.

This elegant potluck salad recipe blends grated carrots, tangy lemon juice, and a magical dressing that perfectly combines olive oil and honey. It’s a perfect way to add carrots to your regular rotation. I highly recommend trying the Masala-Spiced Lentil Salad and the Raw Carrot Salad with Avocado with this salad. These recipes will impress and satisfy even the most discerning palates.

Get ready to add some French flair to your salad game and elevate your cooking skills to new heights!

Why Would you like French Carrot Salad?    

  • The French carrot salad has a unique sweet and lemony taste.
  • It is a famous salad with a crisp, crunchy texture in France.
  • The carrots are the perfect source of beta carotene that fights sickness and gives you healthy skin, bones, and teeth.
  • The side dish is best for picnics, gatherings, and lunches and serves the whole year. It is served best with sandwiches.
  • An effortless and quick-to-make salad with no cooking required.
  • This salad is rich in fiber that assists you in regulating digestion. It helps balance hormones, improves digestion, and reduces acne breakouts.

Ingredients For French Carrot Salad

  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley.
  • 1-pound peeled Carrots
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
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Ingredients Notes

Parsley and Carrots

Use an Italian flat-leaf parsley variety to give an elegant look to your Salad.

Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, so if you want to add carrots to your rotation, Salad is a perfect choice. You can store carrots in the fridge for so long.

Olive oil and Vegetable oil

Olive and vegetable oil add healthy flavors. You can add both or just a single oil type.

Honey, Onion, and Lime Juice

Honey will add a sweet taste to your carrot salad.

You can use onion to add more flavor and complexity to the Salad. You can use any variety of onions in your hand, but green onion is the best option.

Lime juice is perfect for Salad as it gives tanginess in the Salad. Use freshly squeezed lemon for the best taste.

Dijon Mustard, Seasoning, and Dressing

Dijon mustard is readily available and perfect for adding flavor to the recipe. It is perfect and highlights all the flavors in the French Carrot Salad.

Pepper, salt, and fresh parsley are the seasonings that will add taste to your French Carrot Salad. Add these ingredients to the Salad as per your taste and choice.

You can use red wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, lime juice, kosher salt, and black pepper as the dressing for the Salad.

How to Make French Carrot Salad?

Step 1: Make the dressing

French Carrot Salad dressing
  • To make the dressing, take a small bowl and add Dijon mustard, lime juice, olive oil, vegetable oils, honey, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix them well.

Step 2: Assemble

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  • Take another bowl, and add chopped parsley, dressing sauce, green onion, and grated carrots and mix them well.

Step 3: Serve the Salad

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  • Season the Salad with kosher salt and black pepper as per your taste.
  • Ideally, you can serve it immediately or store it in the fridge for 30 minutes to develop its flavors.

Expert tips to make the best French Carrot Salad

  • Flat-leaf parsley with grated carrot is the perfect combo, but you can change it with any extra herbs like tarragon or chives.
  • You can try it by adding or skipping any herb as per your taste.
  • As carrots are the star of the Salad, you must be sure you have the right amount and type of carrots.
  • The traditional French carrots are short and thin, perfectly soaking up the light dressing.
  • With a box grater, you can quickly get grate carrots without any special equipment at home.
  • If you make Salad earlier and don’t want to serve it immediately, the best option is to mix the dressing. Place it at the bottom of the bowl. Then lay the minced carrots and parsley on top of the Salad.
  • When you toss them, they will perfectly blend. Another option is to separate the dressing and add it to the Salad before serving.

How to Store French Carrot Salad?

  • Store leftover French Carrot salad in an airtight container.
  • You can freeze the salad for a maximum of 4 days.
  • Store the salad and topping separately until ready to serve.
  • Remember that you can store it only for 4 days; it will lose its taste and freshness afterward.

How to Freeze the Salad?

  • The ingredients you use in the Salad cannot be stored for so long, so you must use them within 2 days.
  • Do not freeze French carrot salad because it changes its texture.
  • If you dislike eating warm Salad, store it in the fridge for 30 minutes to get its fantastic taste.

Alternative Ingredients

  • You can try this French Carrot Salad as sweeter to add raisins, a sugar-free sweetener. You can also use the sugar-free honey mustard dressing to make sweet dressing for the salad.
  • Add crumbled feta or sprinkle blue cheese on top to make it cheesy.
  • Add some spring onions to make the salad more colorful.
  • Adding shredded cabbages increases the freshness, and you can substitute them with green onion
  • Although adding radishes to the salad is unnecessary, they will be a great addition if you want more vegetables in the salad.
  • To add more texture and crunch to the salad, add Almonds and walnuts
  • Sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar to make Salad more visualized; adding these spoonfuls of vinegar will be best.
  • Fresh chopped cilantro refreshes the carrots so well.
  • Vegan Mayonnaise adds creaminess to the French carrot salad as an additional ingredient.
  • Add ground cumin to enhance the salad’s flavors and give it a rich texture.
  • Grated beets are beneficial for human brain health; it will be wonderful to add them.
  • You can add Plain Low-fat Yogurt to add flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does carrot salad last?

The carrot salad doesn’t last long. Serve it immediately, right after you make it. Once you have dressed up the carrot salad, you must eat it immediately. If you make it earlier, you must pour the dressing before serving. As time passes, the dressing pulls out the moisture and loses its crunch.

Why is my carrot salad soggy?

If you grate carrots too finely, add a lot of dressing, or keep it in the fridge for too long, these all make your carrot salad soggy. To enjoy its fresh taste and texture, you must enjoy the salad on the same day or right after making it.

What other spices can I use instead of cumin? 

You can use many options to replace cumin, such as chili, coriander, cinnamon, paprika, and curry powder. It depends on availability and taste buds what you prefer for adding to this delicious salad.

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French Carrot Salad

Muhammad Kashif
The French carrot salad is an excellent, slightly sweet, zesty, and spicy salad that tastes best on summer days. Super easy and refreshing to try.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 4 persons


  • 1 green onion
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 lb peeled Carrots
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • tbsp olive oil
  • tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to Make?

  • Take carrots and grate them with either a box grater or a food processor. Place grated carrots into a large bowl.
  • Take green onions and fresh parsley and add them to the mixing bowl.
  • Take another small bowl and mix Dijon mustard, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper to make a dressing for the Salad.
  • Pour all the dressing on top of the carrot salad and blend to combine.
  • Your French Carrot salad is ready to serve.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSodium: 385mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
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Muhammad Kashif is a passionate chef and a talented writer who has dedicated his life to the world of culinary arts. With years of experience, he shares insights on the latest kitchen gadgets and appliances, alongside delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for any skill level. Join Muhammad on his culinary journey and discover new ways to make your kitchen the heart of your home.