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Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

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I’ve always loved the classic French grated carrot salad, and this is a delicious spin on it. With dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and scallions in a citrus vinaigrette, it’s crunchy, tart and sweet. Perfect with a warm crusty baguette for lunch, or as a healthy side to sandwiches or burgers.

If you have carrots in your vegetable bin to use up, you can quickly grate them in your food processor. Otherwise, just buy the bagged pre-grated carrots from the produce department — they work just as well. Also, as you can see, I used walnut oil for the dressing. If you have some in your pantry already, great, but definitely don’t go out and buy it just for this recipe. It’s expensive and extra virgin olive oil works just as well.

To begin, toast the walnuts in the oven until fragrant to enhance their flavor.

Next, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Toss to combine. If possible, let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes to give the carrots a chance to soak up the dressing.

That’s all there is to it — simple and satisfying. Enjoy!

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Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound grated carrots, or 1-1/3 pounds carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, from 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Set oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place walnuts on baking sheet and bake until toasted and fragrant, 7-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Season to taste with salt, pepper, honey or more citrus. Toss in walnuts and serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • This has become a regular side dish in our house. My husband and I fight over who gets the last bit! Perfect combination of flavors and so refreshing.

    • — Meghan on December 1, 2017
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  • This is a crunchy, flavourful salad that kept well for days. On the 3rd day, I added feta cheese and it was delicious.

    • — Jennifer Thomas on November 30, 2017
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  • I have made this for years but I also add currants and pecans instead of walnuts. Love it!

    • — D. Carson on November 29, 2017
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  • I made this for today’s dinner of cooked turkey which was then cold smoked and tested until the next day. This salad was excellent! It was sweet but not overbearing like whole berry cranberry sauce can be. I think I’ll make it for our Christmas dinner also!
    Easy to make, easy clean up and the taste was outstanding! Thanks so much!!

    • — Barb on November 23, 2017
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  • How far in advance can I prep this meal?

    • — Kc on November 20, 2017
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    • Hi Kc, I’d say one day ahead. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 21, 2017
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  • I have made this several times, adding the walnuts or pecans just before serving. Easy and delicious!!

    • — Elizabeth Broomer on October 12, 2017
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  • I made this for lunch today. I used rainbow carrots for some additional visual interest, and the dish was just right along with some crackers. Carrots are probably my favorite main-ingredient veg (except for maybe potatoes…maybe), so it’s nice having another way to feature them.

    • — Reuben on April 27, 2017
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  • Why does the recipe call for grated carrot while the photos show carrot batons? I can get both, so which should I use?

    • — Clancy on April 26, 2017
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    • Hi Clancy, I just peeked back the pictures and they do look a little larger than grated carrots there! Those are store-bought grated carrots – that’s just the size my market makes them. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 26, 2017
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  • How could I forget my star rating?!!

  • This carrot salad is amazing…a welcome change from the heavy mayo based carrot/raisin standby. Love the fresh citrus flavor and toasted walnut crunch. My better half actually requests it! Thanks, Jenn!

  • This salad was a crowd pleaser at home and at a party! I used olive oil instead of walnut oil. But as a note the salad definitely does not keep more than 24 hours. Delicious!

    • — Claire on December 5, 2016
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  • This salad was so delicious…we couldn’t stop eating it!! I doubled the recipe but reduced the amount of scallions, to suit our tastes….Next time I think I will also reduce the amount of honey….too sweet for me…This salad lasts for days!

    • — Wendy G Schoenburg on December 3, 2016
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  • Can I substitute the walnuts with toasted almonds or pecans?

    • — ISABEL AZZALIN on December 2, 2016
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    • Absolutely, Isabel – I think either would be good.

      • — Jenn on December 2, 2016
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      • Thanks! I used the pecans and they were perfect. We loved the salad

        • — ISABEL on December 12, 2016
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  • Excellent recipie!! I used orange flavored cranberries from Trader Joe’s.

    • — HHA on December 1, 2016
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  • Do you think your cranberry Dijon vinaigrette would be good here?? I have been planning on making it and on seeing this recipe thought it might work well. I will try it out and let you know.

    • — Michelle on November 7, 2016
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    • Yes, I think that could work. Would love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on November 7, 2016
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  • So yummy!!! Took to a potluck dinner and everyone enjoyed it. We toasted pecans on the stovetop instead of walnuts which we prefered. This salad looks lovely and even more flavorful the next day so next time I will let the flavour mix for a few hours before serving. Its a winner!!!

    • — Gillian on October 10, 2016
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  • This slaw was really nice! Loved the flavours! Made it with the Moroccan chicken and couscous, they all went amazing together.

    • — Daniella on August 9, 2016
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  • This recipe is just amazing. It’s light refreshing n has a nice balance between acidic and sweet. Will definitely be keeping this recipe.

    • — Akilah on June 23, 2016
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  • Excellent!!

    • — Barb on May 20, 2016
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  • This was very light and tasty, perfect to bring to a summer barbeque.

    • — Maryb on February 15, 2016
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I plan to bring this salad to a large family gathering and I will use olive oil instead of the walnut oil as the hostess is allergic to nuts. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute for the walnuts or do you suggest I just omit the walnuts altogether? I haven’t yet tried this salad but never hesitate to bring any of your recipes to gatherings, whether I’ve tried them or not.They are always a huge success!

    • — Barb on November 12, 2015
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    • Hi Barb, You can just omit them — will still be delicious 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 12, 2015
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  • This salad is beautiful and comes together very easily. I used multi-colored carrots and a blood orange olive oil from the Temecula Olive Oil Company. Simply smashing!

    • — Yvonne on October 29, 2015
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  • This carrot slaw was a winner! I prefer purple onion over green, so that is what I used. Everyone came back for seconds (or thirds.) It was also good leftover. Once I made this and burned the walnuts, so do watch them closely.

    • — Jennett H on August 27, 2015
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  • Very delicious, flavors work great together.

    • — Erika on July 29, 2015
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  • What a lovely refreshing salad. I reconstitute my cranberries with a little boiling water first though.

    • — Margot C on May 14, 2015
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  • Made this with pomegranate seeds instead of dried cranberries. Wicked wonderful. Thank you.

    • — NoFlatlander on May 8, 2015
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  • Just made the carrot and walnut salad. This is probably the best carrot salad I have eaten in my life! Bright, fresh, delicious. The lemon zest and the green onions make it delicious.

    • — Carolyn on February 8, 2015
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  • My business before is planting scallions or onions , the taste for me is not enjoyable (scallions) what can i replace for the scallions….thanks

    • — benilda on January 27, 2015
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    • One shallot should do the trick.

      • — Jenn on January 30, 2015
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  • Can I make this the night before for lunch the next day?

    • — Phyllis on January 22, 2015
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    • Hi Phyllis, If you’d like to make this salad a day ahead, I suggest using coarsely grated carrots (as shown in the photo); otherwise it will get a bit soggy.

      • — Jenn on January 22, 2015
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  • Delicious!! My sister isn’t a huge fan of zest (I know, crazy right?) so I omitted it and didn’t have a fresh oranges on hand so I used orange juice. I also didn’t have walnut oil, so I used olive oil and it was still amazing. I’m dying to try it the “Jenn” way, because I know it will be even better and I love zest!

    • — Lana on January 5, 2015
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  • This salad turns out every time. I always get rave reviews when I make it. So easy to follow and make.

    • — Jill on December 29, 2014
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  • Will it work to dress the carrots several hours ahead as long as I don’t add the walnuts?

    • — Phyllis on December 21, 2014
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    • Hi Carol, It depends. Freshly grated carrots may get a little soggy but if you use the coarsely grated carrots sold in a bag from the supermarket, they hold up much better.

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2014
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  • This recipe is easy and delicious! I made the salad without toasting the walnuts and it was just fine (I did use the walnut oil). Also, if using whole dried cranberries I would recommend a brief rough chop to get them distributed a bit better.

    • — HBolan on December 3, 2014
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  • We really enjoyed this light and crispy salad at Thanksgiving this year. The citrus vinaigrette was wonderful!

    • — Jill on December 3, 2014
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  • Beautiful colors – easy to make – very tasty – my family loved it!

    • — Linda Trace on November 9, 2014
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  • I made this to go with grilled pork chops and it was delicious – crunchy with a great citrus flavor. I did add more walnuts and cranberries than the recipe called for since we love those ingredients. The only change I would make is that I would shred my own carrots next time. The packaged carrots were just a little too thick and hard.

    • — Kathy on July 23, 2014
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  • Delicious salad and very healthy. I served this with Tilapia and the picky kids even liked it. I love the addition of the videos on your website.

    • — Marsha on July 17, 2014
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Can I substitute fresh basil for the fresh parsley? Thanks!!

    • — Jill on July 6, 2014
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    • Sure, Jill, that should work well.

      • — Jenn on July 6, 2014
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  • I make this salad all the time. It is delicious and super easy!!!

    • — Rena on November 10, 2013
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  • Without a doubt the best salad I’ve tasted thus far. Had to sub walnuts with toasted almonds but it was still fabulous. I doff my chef hat to you Jen 🙂

    • — Ashara on July 11, 2013
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  • So simple and so good!

    • — Ann Grandin on October 9, 2012
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  • Made the Carrot Slaw as directed except used 2 scallions instead of 3. Very good. Served it with the Grilled Moroccan Chicken (recipe on this site) — also good. A great meal.

    • — Karen on October 6, 2012
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  • We made this slaw again for Father’s Day along with your recipe for Moroccan chicken – great complementary side dish! I typically have all the ingredients on hand, but found that my honey had crystallized and didn’t have the time to warm it up, so I substituted maple syrup for the honey. This slaw is so versatile, and the leftovers were still perfect for next day’s brown bag lunch for my husband.

    • — Liesel on June 24, 2012
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  • made this on saturday with the moroccan chicken. very easy to put together, especially if you buy the pre-grated carrots. i enjoyed the citrus vinaigrette.

  • this was really good, served with Moroccan chicken will definitely make again..

    • — Barb on June 20, 2012
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  • Loved this salad. Used 1 tsp. of honey as our carrots are pretty sweet.

    • — Beth on June 20, 2012
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  • Just tried this salad and it is my new favorite salad. If you havent tried it, dont hesitate. Even the next day it is still great

    • — mary on May 20, 2012
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  • This has become a staple in my house. Never get tired of it as a side dish

    • — darlaBE on May 19, 2012
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  • Love this salad. My kids even ate it.

    • — mindy t on May 18, 2012
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  • My family loves this salad! My son has a nut allergy so I substitute roasted sunflower seeds for the walnuts and it is delicious!

    • — Amy on May 15, 2012
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  • Delicious! I plan on making it for this weekend.

    • — Betty on May 15, 2012
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  • Yum! wanted to try at Easter but I already had one carrot dish in mind..definitely should have tried this then for company b/c i tried it last night and it is delicious!

    • — Lindsay on May 15, 2012
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  • This carrot slaw is wonderful. My daughter is practically vegetable-phobic so imagine my surprise when she “stole” the leftovers from me to munch on while watching tv! This dish will definitely become a regular side around our house. Thanks for continuing to provide great new recipes to brighten up our dinnertable.

    • — Linda on March 28, 2012
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  • This was amazing! Nice and light and delicious. Thanks for another great recipe. (I used 2 tbsp of olive oil and it turned out great)

    • — Sara on March 9, 2012
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  • We made this a few days after your post – another winner,Jennifer! – especially since I had all the ingredients on hand! We have made other carrot salad recipes, but we enjoyed the touch of sweetness from the fresh OJ. This went perfectly with a mid-week meal of baked cod and couscous.

    • — Liesel on March 8, 2012
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  • The Carrot Citrus Slaw was very good. I have to use different oil and no walnuts because of tree nut allergey in the family. I used some oliv oil and vegetable oil with the slaw and extra citru. Everyone who ate it loved it.

  • I love carrot salad too, and this is a great new way to make it. 🙂

    • — Jannah Lynn on March 6, 2012
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  • this one will become my summer staple. Yummy !!!

    • — Judi on March 6, 2012
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  • Looks healthy and yummy!

    • — Jean on March 5, 2012
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  • Hey Jennifer.I am Tzila, Albert Shvilly’s sister.This is amazing salad.very easy to make and so tasty.Albert suggested to make it and I made it for family party yesterday.my guests enjoyed it so much!i wil make and make it again.Thank you.

    • — Tzila on March 5, 2012
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  • The walnut oil would make it very rich tasting. But alas, I’ll have to use EVOO. Love this for a cool summer salad with some chicken on the grill.
    Thanks.

  • Nice change, will serve this again. It will be great for spring or summer.

  • I made this over the weekend and the flavor was amazing. This will be a recipe I will use again for potlucks and family gatherings. Thanks!

    • — Katie on March 5, 2012
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  • This slaw recipe looks fabulous. It’s been added to my recipe book. I live in Maui and recently enjoyed a Lilikoi Slaw from a local raw store. It had julienne slices of apple, carrots and some other ingredients that were yummy.

  • I am already compiling Thanksgiving recipes on Pinterest and this is a keeper! Will prob make this over the summer as well. **This review is for the Le Creuset Oval French Oven**

    • — wintersundays on March 3, 2012
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  • This looks amazing. I am looking forward to trying it tomorrow!

    • — Pamela Midlik on March 3, 2012
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  • I tried this last night for a family gathering. It was easy to make and tasted great. I expect to share this recipe with others who enjoy a different type of salad.

    • — Marilyn on March 3, 2012
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  • Interesting spin on slaw. I think I will enjoy this!

  • Absolutely delish!! crunch of the nuts, the sweetness of the berries & of course the nutritious value of the carrots. What a great salad. we loved it & will surely have it often in the hot weather of summer. Thank you for this recipe.

    • — gail rush on March 2, 2012
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  • Love the addition of cranberries. I am making this for dinner tonight.

    • — Denise on March 2, 2012
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  • I was looking for a slaw without mayo. Great idea for the cranberries instead of raisins.

    • — Elizabeth on March 2, 2012
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  • Ahh, I have everything for making this delicious looking salad! Looking forward to all the crunch!

    • — Lisa on March 2, 2012
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  • I love this! It is light and fresh and great year around.

    • — Sara on March 1, 2012
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  • Love all these ingredients! Will be trying this one!

    • — Lynn on March 1, 2012
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  • I just made this dish and it is delicious. Besides being delicious, carrots are good for your health.

  • A very colorful, delicious salad.

    • — Asha Rao on March 1, 2012
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  • yummy! but not being a walnut lover toasted pine nuts added crunch

    • — susie dyksinski on March 1, 2012
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  • Carrot salads are a fresh, crisp addition to any meal and I love the cranberries, walnuts and citrus viniagrette in this recipe. Yum!

    • — Ilene Smith on March 1, 2012
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  • The salad is extra ordinary and special with simple ingredients.

    • — Linda Luce on March 1, 2012
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  • yet another recipe of yours that i had everything in the house to make. i love your recipes! my daughter loved this salad as well.

    • — teri pastorino on March 1, 2012
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  • I too love raw slaws that dont require a bunch of creamy mayo. Such an easy way to get lots of good raw veggies in.

    • — Jennifer on March 1, 2012
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  • Do you think this dressing would work for cabbage (blanched maybe?). I need an easy recipe for a head of cabbage I rec’d from my CSA this week.

    • — Julie K on March 1, 2012
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  • I will definitely be trying this! Looks great!

  • Have been looking for a good raw carrot salad. This one is very colorful and the vinaigrette is perfect for it.

  • This recipe sounds delicious.

  • This looks like a ” keeper ” !!

    • — Judy on March 1, 2012
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  • This looks fantastic! I am not a fan of regular slaw but I do love carrots.

    • — Meg F. on March 1, 2012
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  • Nice twist on an old recipe.

    • — judith cumming on March 1, 2012
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  • Love the crunch and the blend of ingredients!!!! Also, love the color it adds to a buffet ….

    • — debbie on March 1, 2012
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  • Can not wait to try this dish. I’m new to your blog and find myself lingering all through my lunch break just dreaming of the opportunity to make your recipes!

    • — Danielle on March 1, 2012
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  • I want color and vegetables on our dinner plates every night, but I must confess that I have been going with the basic green salad for the past month. I am now inspired by this delicious and colorful salad. Thank you for the vision and flavor.

    • — Lynnette on March 1, 2012
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  • Good way to eat lighter

    • — Tai on March 1, 2012
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  • What a great, refreshing dish. Nice alternative slaw.

    • — Chrispy on March 1, 2012
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  • Trying to eat healthy, I will be making this.

    • — Jenny on March 1, 2012
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  • Loved the salad I am on weight watchers and iy fit right in

    • — Glenda rogers on March 1, 2012
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  • This is a very satisfying dish. It has the perfect crunch to it. It is also very beautiful and adds just the right amount of color to any dish. It is great to serve any season, and is worth the effort!

    • — Amy Heimberg on March 1, 2012
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  • This makes a beautiul and delicious dish to serve company and I love using cranberries instead of raisins.

    • — LaDonna Hopkins on March 1, 2012
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  • This looks just like the kind of salad I am looking for. Healthy, protein, and looks yummy. I’m going to add carrots to my shopping list and try this right away.

    • — Cindy Armstrong on March 1, 2012
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  • Great change of pace salad. I had some dried cranberries in the pantry (but what to do with them) and always have carrots so this was a great opportunity to whip this up. It was tasty and I think pretty lo cal for those of us always looking for the healthy choice. Thanks-delicious. Ps. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

    • — susan on March 1, 2012
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  • I love carrot salads and have a similar recipe, but with the cranberries replacing the usual raisins, and addition of the walnuts and lemon zest, this one is a real winner!

    • — Cindy L on March 1, 2012
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  • It looks so colorful!!!!
    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • — Marina on March 1, 2012
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  • A beautiful dish that hits all the buttons of tasty, crunchy, sweet and satisfying. Yummo!

    • — Kristi Cleary on March 1, 2012
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  • I made this recipe the day that it was posted; it looked so good! And it was delicious. The citrus and cranberries are the prevailing flavors — not the carrots. It is easy to prepare and makes a beautiful side. We loved it.

    • — Donna on March 1, 2012
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  • Can’t wait to try this!! It looks so good!

    • — Dee Dee on March 1, 2012
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  • This looks delicious! Would be a great side for Chicken burgers I am making this weekend!

  • This looks beautiful. Cannot wait to try it.

    • — Flamevine on March 1, 2012
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  • Looks like a great, filling side dish with the fresh taste of orange and honey. Putting this on my list and Pinterest!

    • — Lisa Waldschmidt on March 1, 2012
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  • This sounds fabulous, I have been looking for a salad to serve as an appetizer for some vegan friends this weekend and I might just have to give this a try – I’m pretty sure I already have all the ingredients!

    • Ashlie (and others looking for vegan dishes),
      It’s been a couple of years since your original post, but I thought it’d still be worth pointing out that strict vegans don’t eat honey. The good news is that there are many readily-available plant-based syrups (agave, maple, and the much maligned corn, for example) and sweeteners (cane or beet sugar, stevia, molasses) that could be subbed in this recipe so it adheres to a vegan diet. I commend you for being mindful of your friends’ choices and needs.

      • — irc on July 8, 2014
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  • This looks awesome! Exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for to take for lunch. Thanks!

    • — Christine on March 1, 2012
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  • This was great! Love all the recipes from you I have tried.

    • — Sarah on March 1, 2012
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  • Made this for my family as part of our “get thinner” plan. It was delicious and loved my all. It may have to become a staple in my fridge. Great for a pick me up snack, too!

    • — Lori Alter on March 1, 2012
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  • The lemon zest gave this carrot slaw a fresh citrusy flavor. This recipe was delish! Thanks!

    • — Rachel on March 1, 2012
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  • Sooo good and so easy! I love that it’s healthy and light with ingredients I already had in my kitchen!

    • — Kat Morrill on February 28, 2012
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  • Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • — Judy Bishop on February 28, 2012
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  • How do I print just the recipe?

    • — Bobby Faulk on February 28, 2012
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    • Hi Bobby, To the right of the recipe title at the bottom of the post there is a print button.

      • — Jenn on February 28, 2012
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  • I have Walnut Oil and haven’t much occasion to use it. I made this today…it was exactly what I needed in this dry, snowy weather. Thank you!

    • — Niya Sisk on February 27, 2012
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  • I love slaws that don’t use mayo or creamy ingreidents! I made something bery similar last summer.

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