French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

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This grated carrot salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette is standard fare in French bistros and markets.

I first discovered this carrot salad when I was 20 years old and living in France, and it’s been part of my repertoire ever since. I don’t know why it’s not more popular in the States, but one bite of these parsley-specked carrots doused with lemon and olive oil and you’ll know why it’s standard fare in every French bistro, market, and home kitchen.

To tempt you further, this carrot salad is a cinch to make, keeps well, and is good for you. The hardest thing about making it is getting out your food processor but once you hoist your machine onto the countertop, the rest is quick and easy. If you can, make it a few hours ahead of time to give the carrots a chance to soak up the dressing.

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French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

This grated carrot salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette is standard fare in French bistros and markets.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 pound carrots, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 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.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: about 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 253 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • This is a terrific salad and a great way to feature carrots. I used chives instead of scallions or shallots, since that’s what I had on hand, and they worked just fine. It’s lovely freshly-made, and even better after it mellows out. The dressing is lovely as well-I’ll definitely keep some on hand for my green salads.

    As a note to fellow cooks, since I hate lugging out the food processor and I’ve given up on shredding carrots (and my knuckles) with a box grater, when I want shredded carrots I use a simple, low-tech tool: the Oxo Julienne Y-Peeler. It’s really cool, you use it just like a vegetable peeler except instead of peels, you get lovely julienned carrots that just need to be cut to size. (PS I have no financial ties to Oxo-I just think they make great, inexpensive tools!)

    • — Shari Mauthner on January 11, 2022
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  • I always follow a recipe exactly as written the first time and then tweak it if necessary. For my taste the flavour of the mustard is too prevalent so I will cut down the quantity next time. It’s an easy salad to make using ingredients that I usually have on hand.

    • — Linda on January 8, 2022
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    • I apologize. I gave my review too quickly. After a few hours the flavours had a chance to meld and I ended up with a delicious carrot salad. One more winner from Jenn.

      • — Linda on January 11, 2022
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  • Delicious!! Used all olive oil and white onion as I did not have scallions. Will make again. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • — Sharon Leslie on January 7, 2022
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  • Absolutely love this salad! I often don’t keep scallions on hand so many times I just make it without but it still tastes amazing! I can’t help but sample it before it makes it to the table😉 It also is so handy to have in the fridge ready for lunch or to go alongside dinner for leftover night. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and easy salad – great way to switch it up with carrots!

    • — Kristina M on January 4, 2022
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  • Super tasty! Added a little red pepper flakes for some extra zing! I will be making this again!

    • — Star on December 23, 2021
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  • Can I make this the night before, if serving for an early brunch or will it make the carrots too soggy?

    • — andi on October 8, 2021
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    • It should be fine, Andi — hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 8, 2021
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  • Very good dressing, so tangy, an upgrade to a childhood favorite.

    • — Cindie on September 28, 2021
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  • This is seriously good, to go with pastry mains as we had tonight. I added some celery as it is nearing running to seed in the garden, as are our carrots, the initial stimulus for making it. I added lemon zest to the carrots and celery, lots of parsley as its at its best just heading to flower, omitted the salt and a great outcome.

    • — Steve Manders on September 18, 2021
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  • A fabulous salad that elevates carrots from ordinary to hero. Another winning recipe from Once Upon a Chef, thank you Jenn Segal.

    • — Melissa on September 5, 2021
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  • I made this to go with a broccoli cheddar bake (however, mine was with a crust, as the kids love crusts ;-))
    I liked it very much (not so the kids, but hubby and I ate almost everything). The next day, I was lucky to find 3 more carrots in the fridge at work, so I could stretch the little leftoversfor lunch. 😉
    It paired the broccoli bake nicely, in terms of color and texture. I will be making this again soon! 🙂

    • — PJ on July 22, 2021
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  • Hi! my question is: are the carrots shredded or grated? the picture shows shredded but the recipe states grated – thanks!

    • — lisa on July 19, 2021
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    • Hi Lisa, they should be shredded. Sorry for any confusion — I’m going to change the wording in the recipe.

      • — Jenn on July 19, 2021
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      • thanks! making it this weekend!!

        • — LISA HAYWARD on July 28, 2021
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  • It’s perfect. Always looking for simple recipes to make quick sides.

    • — Rae on July 5, 2021
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  • This is so simple and so amazing! Cool and crisp – perfect for the current heatwave we are having in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you!

    • — Cynthia on June 30, 2021
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  • I love this salad! Not a fan of carrot salad with raisins. This one is sweet and tangy. The parsley adds a nice freshness.

    • — Kim Martin Long on June 19, 2021
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  • Coukd I use a grater instead of the processor?

    • — Diana on May 6, 2021
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    • Sure – hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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  • A real winner even without the scallions and parsley. It’s a family favorite. Thanks.

    • — Lila Cohen on April 30, 2021
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  • I made it using my own parsley and a lemon from my Meyer lemon tree! Delicious and deliciouser the next day.

    • — Jennifer Travers on April 21, 2021
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  • lovely recipe. Served at a bbq, nice and fresh tasting, with enough acidity from the lemon to cut though the heavier meat and bread

    • — Bev on April 19, 2021
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    • Can I use prepackaged shredded carrots?

      • — Danielle on September 5, 2021
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      • Sure!

        • — Jenn on September 6, 2021
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  • I’ve never had anything like this and I’m completely in love! I’ve made it 3 times this week! It’s great as a side or even over greens. I make it with shallots (instead of scallions). I love the savory and spicy (dijon) flavors with the sweet carrots. At this rate, I’ll be turning orange!!

    • — Janice on April 14, 2021
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  • So simple to make and SO delicious! Our 5 year old pretty much threw it together after I peeled and grated the carrots and scissored chives in place of the scallions we did not have on hand. We also did not have parsley, but no one missed it. Our daughter enjoyed learning about the science behind emulsifying, she also was very proud to receive compliments on ‘her’ recipe from her father. 👩🏻‍💻

    • — Shannon C on April 11, 2021
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  • Delicious! A much nicer, more savory flavor that the standard carrot – raisin version.

    • — Erin F. on March 31, 2021
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  • Made this carrot salad and it was very good. The sauce is what makes it. Recommended!

    • — Dennis Graham Clarke on March 20, 2021
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  • Wow! Every since I was a child, I’ve been grating carrots and eating them with vinegar and salt–not a family tradition just my weird preference. I used to eat that almost every day in elementary school! I’m so excited to try this recipe. Yay!

    • — Hannah on March 5, 2021
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  • Delicious! I added a bit of finely sliced white cabbage as well. Everyone loved it!

    • — Ainsley Spencer on February 23, 2021
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  • This was a delicious side dish! I did not have a lemon, so I used an orange and it was still great! Leftovers went onto lettuce for a nice salad that didn’t need any additional dressing. Thanks for the recipe!

    • — Miranda on February 1, 2021
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  • I made this on a complete whim, not expecting much from a humble carrot, BUT OMG…it was so delightful as a side with our luncheon sammies!! I immediately added it to my must do take away recipes!!

    • — Shannon Fedyk on January 30, 2021
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  • This salad has been added as one of my go-to recipes! I love that it’s a quick, healthy, and tasty veggie side! My kids will it eat, which is always a plus! Super simple and full of flavor!

    • — Robyn on January 29, 2021
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  • I had a last minute invitation to a potluck dinner with a crowd and the only thing I had of any quantity in the house was carrots. That was the first time I made this salad and it was a hit! I was asked for the recipe by just about everyone including several people claiming they didn’t like salads at all. Needless to say it is a regular in our lunch and dinner rotations. Thank you.

    • — Christina on January 28, 2021
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  • This is such a simple but delicious little salad. Try it on a slice of buttered baguette, it’s even better!

    • — Laura on January 28, 2021
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  • Awesome recipe. It is a great lunch now that my entire family is home for COVID. My family loves this. It is moderately easy to make and the fresh taste is great in the winter.

    • — Paige on January 28, 2021
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  • Great recipe, but try replacing the parsley with rosemary. Even better, IMHO!

    • — Simon on January 22, 2021
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  • This French version of the carrot salad was HEAT:
    H for Healthy
    E for Ease of preparation
    A for Availability / Accessibility of ingredients
    T for Tasty, very very tasty!
    Nice one Jenn . . .

    • — Lee Loubser on December 21, 2020
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  • So easy! So tasty! So refreshing! That ingredients are all pantry staples is just an extra bonus. I will be adding this recipe to my “go to” list.

    • — Jeanne on November 16, 2020
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  • This fast, easy salad is de-LISH-ous! I approximately halved it for 3 people; although we had it on the side of steamed mussels, I would imagine it would compliment many many mains.

    • — Jenny Taylor on November 8, 2020
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  • Just to give it a bit of a tang, I added about a teaspoon of a local product called “That Mustard Sauce) which has: Garlic Mustard with jalapeño. It adds a bit more to an already great tasting dressing. Thank you

    • — Monica on September 23, 2020
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  • YUMMY !

    • — Luc on September 4, 2020
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  • I made the carrot salad it was okay I would not make it again.
    I can’t understand why so many stars were given?

    • — Linda on August 15, 2020
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  • Thanks for this recipe. It’s really what I grew up with in France (probably without the honey). One of the “crudités” along with similar vinaigrette salads of cucumber, celery (root), red beets.
    A treat.

    • — bernie on August 11, 2020
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  • This was simple and delicious!
    Only substitutes I made was lime juice instead of lemon and garlic chives from the garden instead of scallions. Just because that’s what I had.
    Will definitely make this again!
    I liked what someone said that this would be good with tacos. Next time I do fish tacos I might make this.

    • — Kristie on August 5, 2020
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  • I like Charlotte’s idea of adding mint. I followed the recipe exactly, and found it bland and too salty. Had to add more carrots, lemon juice, Dijon, and honey to balance it out. Next time will try it with mint, and hold the salt to the end, so that I can get it to a level that’s more to my taste.

    • — Mary Z on July 23, 2020
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  • Sooo…delicious!🥰👌

    • — Carmen on July 7, 2020
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  • Absolutely love this salad

    • — annette on July 7, 2020
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  • You have to try this! Hubby & I love it and will be making regularly now. My carrots were sweet on their own, so I omitted the honey. It was a perfect crunchy & savory dish.

    • — Laurie on June 22, 2020
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  • This salad is absolutely lovely and so much lighter and better than the heavy mayonnaise laden carrot and raisin salad of my youth. Unfortunately, I didn’t have parsley, but mint grew in my yard so I tossed that in instead.

    • — Charlotte Caldwell on June 21, 2020
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  • I tried your recipe exactly and loved it.
    I now make it my way: add a grated daikon radish with the carrots; use a grated sweet onion, like a Vidalia, instead of green onions.
    This is a superb sort-of-like-cole slaw salad and condiment. I use it on tacos, sandwiches, and as a side. Thanks 😊 for the recipe.

    • — Gail Lynn on June 14, 2020
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  • So Delicious and easy! Thank you!

    • — T on June 2, 2020
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  • Made this today for lunch for my (French) family – they all loved it! Including picky kid eaters who don’t usually like having chopped parsley in their food. A keeper!

    • — Rachel on May 23, 2020
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