This healthy carrot salad is spiralized into crunchy carrot noodles and served atop a bed of mixed greens with juicy raisins, crisp candied walnuts, and a homemade lemon honey dijon dressing! No spiralizer? No problem! It works great with shredded carrots too!
I spent nearly 20 years of my life thinking raw carrots served only one purpose: a shovel.
More specifically, they were a shovel for scooping up ranch dip, licking it off, then discarding in a napkin when no one was looking.
please don’t tell my mom
I’m not sure anyone caught on to my antics but I certainly wasn’t doing myself any favors in the health department. Luckily this ranch-obsessed carrot avoider decided to pursue a major in Dietetics and, by sheer guilt of my occupation alone, decided to give raw carrots a chance.
I can now say with absolute certainty…
“What the eff was I thinking!?“
Clearly I was missing out! Raw crinkle-cut carrots have become my shovel of choice for scooping up hummus and devouring that tasty chickpea dip, shovel and all.
I no longer cringe when my salad is flecked with beta-carotene and, in fact, was once so bold as to order CARROT SALAD off a menu! Me! Carrot salad! Helloooo progress! You can imagine my disappointment when my order arrived and I learned what exactly carrot salad is here in the South. Shaved carrots smothered in mayonnaise and sugar with some random raisins thrown in for good measure was not my idea of a good time.
Turns out I really DO like carrot salad, when it’s done my way of course! I started small, whipping up a spiral cucumber and carrot salad with a thai-inspired flair, then worked my way back to a traditional Southern carrot salad, deciding a face-lift was in order.
Now that the cheezapalooza known as Super Bowl Sunday is behind us, let’s get back to those healthy goals we had for ourselves, shall we? I’ll ease you back into it slowly with some yummy candied walnuts to sweeten the deal.
Healthy Carrot Salad with Lemon Honey Dijon Dressing
As written recipe yields one giant salad or two side dish-sized salads. Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple to feed your crew.
Healthy Carrot Salad with Lemon Honey Dijon Dressing
This healthy carrot salad is spiralized and served atop a bed of mixed greens with juicy raisins, crisp candied walnuts, and a lemony homemade dressing. It's delicious!
Recipe yields one large salad or two side-dish sized salads, ready for facepantage!
- 3 jumbo carrots
- 1 oz raisins
- 1 cup [or more!] fresh leafy greens
- 1/2 cup walnut halves and pieces
- 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1 TBSP honey [or sugar]
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- a teeny pinch of salt
- FOR THE SALAD: Wash and peel your carrots, then slice via your favorite method. I used my spiral slicer since carrot noodles are so flipping fun! You can use a food processor or box grater to shred the carrots or even use a veggie peeler to make carrot ribbons. All methods work gloriously! Pile atop a bed of mixed greens and sprinkle with raisins.
- CANDIED WALNUTS: Heat a skillet or saucepan to medium heat and butter to melt. Next add in your walnuts, honey, salt, and sugar. Saute for 5-6 minutes and pour over parchment paper, using a spatula to separate the nuts. Otherwise you'll have yummy walnut brittle that you'll want to break apart over your salad, which is no big deal either! Yum! Allow to cool for several minutes until the coating hardens and you're walnuts have officially been candied! Woot! Try not to eat them all before they hit the salad.
- DREAMY DRESSING: Pour all ingredients into a mason jar and shake to mix! That's it! Alternatively you may whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. Give it a taste, adjust seasoning to taste and pour over your salad.
TIP: For perfect orange spirals, grab the biggest carrots you can get your hands on. Some stores will sell them a la carte while other times you can score jumbo carrots at the farmer's market! After washing and peeling, cut off the ends on each side, leaving the thickets part of the carrot in tact while it curls through the spiralizer. The result will be a pile of smaller curls with a glorious stack of giant spiral carrots on top. Use both for the salad! Hooray carrots!
If you’re in the market for spiral noodles aplenty (cucumber, zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, beet, radish, CURLY FRIES!!!) all you need is a spiralizer and you’re good to go! I’ve been using my Paderno Spiral Slicer for over 5 years now and adore it! It’s stood up to drops and the top rack of my dishwasher pretty darn well so I’m kind of crazy for suggesting it to everyone I know. Eventually I may just start gifting them for the holidays because… #obsessed #eatyourveggies
Even my toddler can’t resist the lure of freshly curled veggie noodles. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen her happy dancing around the kitchen with a face full of cucumber noodles on any given day. Now if only I could get this munchkin to eat some dang green beans!
If you get a chance to try this healthy carrot salad, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation.
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