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French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

Step into the vibrant world of French cuisine with a dish that embodies the essence of simplicity and flavor—French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette. This classic, known as "carrotes râpées," transcends borders and delights palates with its crisp freshness and zesty dressing.

With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a dish that is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a nourishing addition to your table. Whether you're planning a picnic in the park or seeking a light accompaniment to your favorite sandwiches or grilled chicken, this salad is sure to elevate any meal.

Recipe from Once Upon a Chef

Servings: 4

Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon

  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste

  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 finely sliced scallions (or 1tablespoon finely chopped shallots)


  1. Shred the carrots in a food processor. Set aside.

  2. In a salad bowl, combine the dijon mustard, lemon juice, honey, vegetable oil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the carrots, fresh parsley and scallions (or shallots) and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  3. Notes: Depending on the sweetness of the carrots, you may want to add more or less honey. Also, if you make this salad ahead of time, be sure to check the seasoning again before serving as the flavors tend to mellow.


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