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Grated Carrot Salad with Easy Jar Dressing

Claire Wright

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Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 5 mins


For the dressing:

1 tsp of Dijon mustard

2 tbsp red wine or apple cider vinegar

8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:

4 large carrots

fresh herbs of choice (parsley, coriander, basil, mint or chives all work really well)

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare carrots that the whole family will enjoy.

This recipe is barely a recipe it is so easy. A popular starter for French families, this grated carrot salad is an easy affordable snack, starter or side. The next time you hear the “Muuuuuuum, I’m hungry” whinge, have a go at serving this up to fill their bellies with veg.


To make the dressing, add mustard to a lidded jar. Pour in the vinegar and olive oil. Season with a little salt & pepper and screw the lid on tightly, then shake the jar until the dressing is combined. Coarsely grate the carrots and mix with the dressing and a handful of roughly chopped fresh herbs. Serve as is or add a handful of pumpkin seeds.

You can change things up by replacing one of the carrots with grated raw beetroot, celeriac or even apple. Use pesto instead of dressing and skip the herbs for a different flavour. Serve as a starter to the kids to fill them up with veg first.

Kids in the kitchen:

This French dressing is an easy one to teach kids and get them to make by themselves when they get the hang of it. Show them how to measure and mix the ingredients, make sure the lid is on tight and let them shake, shake, shake! Show older kids how to grate the carrots, and let them mix everything together at the end.

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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