Grated Carrot Salad (Salade de Carottes Râpées)

The most lovely fresh carrots have just begun appearing in our CSA produce box and at the farmers market. It’s the perfect time to make this classic French grated carrot salad. It’s so simple, fresh and tasty. You can order this in pretty much any cafe or restaurant in France and it’s almost always good (and cheap!)


While you can certainly use a food processor with a grating attachment to grate the carrots, I think they turn out a little better if you grate them by hand. It may just be the blade on my Cuisinart but I find that the grating attachment tends to tear the veggies up a little in the process of grating them. So I did these by hand though my right arm started aching about 2/3 of the way through and my husband obligingly offered to finish up the grating for me (he’s very nice like that.)

Salade de carottes râpées by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

Although I stuck with the traditional French preparation in the recipe below, you are welcome to shake things up a bit by adding dried currants and/or thinly sliced red onion or some grated beets to the salad or throwing a little Dijon mustard into the dressing, etc.

Bon appetit!

Salade de carottes râpées by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

Salade de Carottes Râpées (Grated Carrot Salad)

Serves 6

* 7 large, sweet carrots, peeled
* 1/2 bunch of large, flat-leaf parsley (Italian works better than curly), rinsed and dried
* Juice of 2 lemons
* 2-3 Tbsps olive oil
* 2 tsps sugar or honey
* Sea salt to taste
* Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Grate the carrots as finely as possible and place in a medium-sized bowl (you want it to be big enough to make it easy to toss everything together with the dressing.) Coarsely chop the parsley and toss it in with the carrots.
2. Make the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice, olive oil, sugar and salt and pepper until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Drizzle it over the carrot/parsley mixture and toss to coat. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed (you may want to add more lemon juice, salt or pepper).

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W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C2 months ago


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JL A5 years ago


Brita W.
Brita Wenglowski6 years ago

After reading this, my mouth started to water and I went into the kitchen and made the salad.I ate most of it before the family arived. I will fix it more often from now on.I also sprinkeled sunflower seeds over it for garnish.

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun6 years ago

Thank you for this article.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Bookmarked & will make very soon!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Noted with interest.

Alyssa Riley
Alyssa Riley6 years ago

Never have thought of trying such a thing, now after reading this I'm thinking of making grated eggplant salads, grated cucumber, potatoe...

rula khoury
rula khoury6 years ago

sounds good, will definitely give it a try!