French Carrot Salad (Carottes Rapées)

French Carrot Salad (Carottes Rapées)

A refreshing and light shredded carrot salad. It goes so well with rich foods. This is a French home-cooking recipe.

Ingredients: 2 servings

● Vinegar
5 tablespoons
● Olive oil
2 tablespoons
● Brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon
● Salt
to taste
● Black pepper
to taste


1. Shred the carrots very very finely into 5 cm long strips. (You can use the shredding blade of a food processor, a cheese grater, or a slicer, etc.)
2. Mix the ● ingredients together. (See Hints.)
3. Add the combined seasoning ingredients to the shredded carrot a little at a time, mixing well between additions. Done! It's also delicious if left to marinate for a few hours untlil the carrot has softened.
4. Variation: Add some raisins, black eyed peas, parsley, cranberries, sesame seeds, chopped bell pepper, goji berries, chopped tomato, or daikon radish.
5. More variations: Add some boiled bean sprouts, dry roasted chirimen jako (salted boiled tiny sardines), corn kernels, harusame noodles, onion, orange segments, celery, or canned tuna.
6. More variations: Use wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar instead of regular (rice) vinegar. Use honey instead of brown sugar.
7. Another variation: Try adding grain mustard, basil leaves, grated cheese, or lemon juice.
8. And more variations: Add honey, wine vinegar, lemon juice and sesame seeds. (Contributed by minoriloca-san)

Story Behind this Recipe

I loved the salad I had at a casual French restaurant the other day, and I thought that I wanted to eat it at home too! So I uploaded this recipe. It was so delicious that I ate almost a whole plateful by myself.