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Tangy Carrot Slaw {Family Favorite}

The kids have been begging for weeks to be allowed to pull up the carrots.  I’ve been thinking about making Tangy Carrot Slaw again, so I let them do that today.

Digging Carrots

Digging Carrots2

Our current garden area is a couple of small terraces outside our front door.  We squeeze as much as we can in there, so the cucumber vines took some liberty with the carrots’ space.

Carrots Growing

I had high hopes of a harvest like last year’s . . . and didn’t purchase carrots when I bought produce yesterday. Whoops!

Here’s some of last year’s pile that lasted us almost two weeks.


Washed Carrots

Today’s harvest only yielded a handful of skinny carrots that we shared for lunch and 5-6 medium sized ones that will go in tomorrow’s casserole.  I’ll have to go back to the store before I can add this Tangy Carrot Slaw to our menu.

Skinny Carrot


If you’re like me and not a fan of traditional mayo-laden carrot salad, then this slaw is for you.  The zesty flavor comes from a combination of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, cilantro and other spices.  No mayo required!

Carrot Slaw


Tangy Carrot Slaw

Tangy Carrot Slaw
Recipe type: Salad/Side Dish
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional (increase, decrease or leave out according to the heat of your cayenne and your family's taste!)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 medium to large carrots
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped and loosely packed
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2-4 tablespoons diced red onion, optional
  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a measuring cup to create dressing.
  2. Wash and/or peel and grate carrots into medium size serving bowl.
  3. Add cilantro, raisins and onion to grated carrot and mix briefly.
  4. Pour dressing over all and mix thoroughly.
  5. Can be served immediately but the flavors will meld a little more if allowed to rest for half an hour or so.
  6. Serve at room temperature or chilled.



I know that grating carrots is hard work (especially if you want to multiply the recipe to share!) and you might be tempted to throw them into the grating blade of your food processor.  Don’t do it!  Really . . . the salad will be all mushy.

Grating the carrots by hand assures good thick shreds that will stay nice and crisp even after sitting in the dressing for a while.  Putting them through the food processor resulted in much finer shreds that immediately wilted when the dressing was added to them.  The slaw was completely different when made this way and almost unpalatable.


Tangy Carrot Slaw
This post is shared on Thank Goodness Its Monday Savoring Saturdays , Foodie Fridays, Wellness Wednesday , Coffee and Conversation, Real Food Fridays and Fellowship Fridays.

Do you have a favorite carrot slaw or salad recipe?


  1. Great recipe, shared, and featuring tonight on Real Food Fridays.

  2. Excellent recipe for cole slaw and I love your vivid pictures. Thanks so much for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. Pinned & Twitted!

  3. Looks and sounds excellent! I’m always looking for new ways to prepare veggies. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    Oooh, yummy! I’m not a huge fan of mayo-based slaws and salads, but I love how this one is full of real ingredients. Thanks for sharing on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

  5. I so enjoyed seeing your photos as it reminded me of our attempts to grow carrots. OK, failed attempts as the kids kept digging them up to see how they were doing 🙂 I so enjoy a carrot slaw though!

  6. I haven’t tried growing carrots yet, but I’m sure my kids would love to try. 😉 Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays – hope you’ll come share again this weekend!

    • Growing anything from seed is fun. And there’s some truth in the kids’ book, The Carrot Seed. Carrot seeds are teeny-tiny and take a l-o-n-g time to sprout!

  7. Aww! I love the sad little face looking at the skinny carrots! Such a sweet picture!

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