Easy Grated Carrot Salad

Easy Grated Carrot Salad

This Easy Grated Carrot Salad is the only raw veggie salad my children will eat and (wait for this) they will even ask for MORE! If that’s not good enough incentive for you to give it a go then I will also add that it is (obviously) really delicious and if you are not a fan of coleslaw type of salads this may be a nice alternative.

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones and your children will happily snack on cherry tomatoes and cucumber sticks dipped in hummus at any given opportunity but my kids are not like that. They actually do love hummus of any kind but as far as any raw, salad type vegetables are concerned they consider them to be (and I quote) “disgusting”. I have no idea where I went wrong during weaning years but there is no point to dwell on it now. There is hope for them yet I think but for now I’m simply thrilled that they love this Easy Grated Carrot Salad!

Easy Grated Carrot Salad

This is the salad I pretty much grew up eating and after introducing few little tweaks to my mum’s recipe, this is the version I have been feeding my family.

This salad is quite sweet especially if you are using gorgeously and naturally sweet new season carrots or bunched carrots but I always add some more sugar to get it to the flavour I know and remember from my childhood. I would advise you to treat the quantities of the ingredients in this recipe more as a guide and use your own taste to get the flavour and most of all sweetness you will be happy with. This salad is definitely supposed to be sweet but we are all different when it come to our sweetness threshold so taste, taste, taste!!!

Easy Grated Carrot Salad

Easy Grated Carrot Salad variation

You could add a handful of raisins to this salad as well to make it that slightly bit different. Simply pop the amount you want in a small bowl and pour over some freshly boiled water (only to cover them). Let them stand for 5 minutes or so to plump up. Drain and mix in with your carrot salad. I like the version with the raisins a lot but unfortunately my kids will only eat raisins on their own, the ones that come in little boxes. 😉

I use my trusty Magimix* food processor to do all the hard work grating but simple box grater would do an excellent job too. Use fine to medium side (not the coarse one) as that would completely change the texture of the salad and it wouldn’t be the same. What you want is almost angel hair like carrot strands.

This salad will go marvellously with my Easy One-Pan Salmon & New Potatoes Bake and also this Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots and these Mini Pork Meatloaves with Courgette.

5 from 4 votes
Easy Grated Carrot Salad
Easy Grated Carrot Salad
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Super simple, super versatile and oh so tasty! Perfect accompaniment to variety of meals. Loved by all including the kids. 

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: International, Polish
Keyword: carrots, raw, Summer food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 85 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 6 medium carrots (approx. 450g) peeled
  • 1.5-2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 Tbsp half-fat Creme Fraiche
  • 0.5-1 tsp cider vinegar
  1. Peel the carrots and grate them on a fine to medium side of your grater. You want nice and fine strands of carrots. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl mix together creme fraiche, cider vinegar and sugar and pour the mixture over grated carrots. Give the salad a good mix with a spoon tasting as you go. Don't be afraid to add more sugar or vinegar if you think it needs it to suit your taste. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Feel free to use honey instead of sugar if you prefer however bare in mind that the flavour will be slightly different. 
  • Single cream or full fat yogurt could be used instead of creme fraiche.
  • Calories are approximate and as guideline only. 

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  • Reply Corina Blum

    I wish my children would eat a carrot salad like this! Master Spice likes carrots but they have to be roasted otherwise he won’t touch them and Little Miss Spice will only eat tomatoes where vegetables are concerned. I can just imagine this salad going brilliantly as a bbq side dish right now and of course it would be great the next day too so thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    July 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Corina! My kids are quite particular when it comes to veggies and their favourites are steamed carrots, broccoli, peas, corn on the cob and cauliflower. Anything else needs to be disguised and they will not eat anything raw with the exception of this very salad! It’s funny how they all have their little food quirks. 🙂 x

      July 19, 2018 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Balvinder

    This is exactly my type of salad!
    We mostly eat raw salads during the week. for supper with a bowl of lentil soup or curry.
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    July 19, 2018 at 4:06 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      We do love it too Balvinder plus good thing about this one is that it’s so refreshing especially when chilled so perfect in this hot weather we’ve been having here in the UK.

      July 19, 2018 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Monika Dabrowski

    Oh, my children love this salad too, I add apple to mine and make it dairy free. Thank you for bringing your tasty recipe to #CookBlogShare!

    July 19, 2018 at 7:14 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Adding apple sounds like a great tip Monika 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

      July 19, 2018 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    Oh, my gosh—I grew up on a salad like this too! Except that my mom’s involved an obscene amount of mayonnaise, which kind of killed it for me. Yours with the creme fraiche sounds SO much better. And thank you, because my kids are NOT the cherry tomato and cucumber-eating types!

    July 21, 2018 at 12:13 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      This salad is such a blast from the past for me Michelle, you have no idea and am so pleased my kids like it as much as I do! My mum used to make it with way more sugar than I do and proper full fat cream – it tasted lovely back then and nobody thought twice before scoffing it all but this lighter version is really delicious too!

      July 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply The Girl Next Door

    Yumm! So simple yet so delicious!
    Thank you for this recipe. 🙂

    July 21, 2018 at 3:59 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      You’re very welcome and thank you for stopping by! 🙂

      July 24, 2018 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    Oooh yum! I love carrot salad, and there is a very nice dairyfree creme fraiche that would work really well in this! Saved for lunchboxes for the Peas! #recipeoftheweek

    July 28, 2018 at 8:34 am
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