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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!

Healthy Carrot Salad with Lemony 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 2-4 side-dish sized salads, ready for facepantage!

Course Salad
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword Healthy Carrot Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 296 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 3 jumbo carrots
  • 1 oz raisins
  • 1-2 cups fresh leafy greens plus extra as desired (I used arugula)

CANDIED WALNUTS

  • 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 DRESSING:

  • 1.5 TBSP avocado oil or your favorite light oil
  • 1.5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

dressing adapted from once upon a chef.

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!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Carrot Salad with Lemony Honey Dijon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 137mg 6%
Potassium 287mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 156.1%
Vitamin C 7.3%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.