Carrot Orange Salad

March 23, 2013mayurisjikoni
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Carrot Orange Salad is a super tasty salad bursting with flavours. With a homemade salad dressing, it sure is a refreshing salad.

I love the combination of carrot and orange in muffins and smoothies. So why would a salad with those two ingredients be any different? What I love about salads is that there is no restriction to the ingredients one can add. Make a combination that you love.

Serve this salad as a light meal, as a side dish, for parties, take it along for picnics, etc.

Make Salads Appealing

Make Salads appealing to both adults and kids:

  • Add their favourite ingredient like a fruit, seeds,herbs, nuts.
  • Make it colourful, must be visually attractive.
  • Must be fresh. All your ingredients should be fresh. Limp veggies and fruits are a put off.
  • Use a good quality dressing or make it at home.
  • Add meat, cheese, beans, grains to make it filling.
  • If the vegetables have to be cooked, try a different cooking method other than steaming or boiling. Roasting vegetables adds so much flavour.
  • Adding a note of sweetness makes any salad appealing.. use dried fruits, honey, maple syrup, etc.
  • Don’t over dress a salad.


Vinaigrette Rule

A vinaigrette is a mixture of an acidic ingredient with oil. Salad Dressings on the other hand are more like sauces. But, vinaigrette is still a type of dressing. Confusing right! It is like we have rice and then there is black rice. Rice is a family, black rice a type of rice. Same goes with vinaigrette.

A classic vinaigrette is oil, and acidic ingredient, salt and pepper. Sometimes a sweetener is added. Did you know that for any vinaigrette usually the ratio is 3:1. Three parts oil to one part an acidic ingredient like vinegar, lemon or lime juice.

With vinaigrette it is so easy to make a variety other than the classic one. Add herbs, juices, alcohol, spices and you get a different tasting vinaigrette.

To go with my carrot orange salad, I make an Orange Vinaigrette at home, using fresh orange juice.


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First Published on 23/03/2013. Updated on 17/09/2021



  • Carrot – peel and slice it or chop it.
  • Orange – peel and cut into bite size pieces. Also need one for the juice.
  • Orange Peel – grate it or cut into extra thin strips. For the salad dressing.
  • Cucumber – if the peel of the cucumber is tender, then you don’t need to peel the cucumber. Cut into slices, or dice it.
  • Red Radish – cut into slices or dice them.
  • Red Onion – small one, sliced thinly or chopped finely.
  • Lettuce Leaves – a few any of your choice.
  • Fresh Mint – or add any fresh herb of your choice. Dill, coriander goes well with the salad.
  • Olive Oil – for the salad dressing.
  • Vinegar or Lemon Juice – for the salad dressing. If you are using vinegar, use good quality vinegar.
  • Maple Syrup/Honey – or use a sweetener of your choice like sugar or jaggery.
  • Fennel Seeds – lightly roast them in a wide pan over low heat.
  • Sesame Seeds – lightly roast them in a wide pan over low heat.
  • Walnuts – or any nuts of your choice.
  • Raisins – or sultanas, cranberries, etc. Any dry fruit of your choice.
  • Salt – for the salad dressing.
  • Pepper – for the salad dressing.





Carrot Orange Salad is a super tasty salad bursting with flavours. With a homemade salad dressing, it sure is a refreshing salad.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Light Meal, Party, Picnic, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 4


  • 1 large carrot peeled and sliced
  • 2 large oranges peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber sliced
  • 6 pieces red radish thinly sliced
  • 1 cup salad leaves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds lightly roasted
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds lightly roasted
  • 1 tsp thinly cut orange peel
  • 10 walnuts cut into pieces
  • 10 raisins

Orange Vinaigrette:

    Makes ¼ Cup

    • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp maple syrup/honey
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp coarse pepper powder
    • 1 tsp orange peel cut into very thin strips or grated


    • Peel the oranges. Save a small strip of the peel to cut into thin strips to add to the salad.
    • Remove the white part of the orange and seeds and cut into segments.
    • Mix the orange, carrot, onion and lettuce in a big bowl. Keep it in the fridge till required.
    • Roast the sesame and fennel seeds lightly. When it cools down add to the salad.
    • Mix all the ingredients of the dressing very well and pour over the salad just before serving.


    • I usually put all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and give it a good shake.
    • Can lightly crush the fennel seeds if you like.
    • Grate the orange peel instead of cutting into strips.
    • For a nice crunchy salad, leave the lettuce leaves in ice cold water for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the water and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
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    • Seema

      September 21, 2021 at 2:09 am

      5 stars
      This is a delicate looking flavour rich salad. I am getting my fork for an extra serving of this. Tastes amazing.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 21, 2021 at 6:14 pm

        Thank you so much Seema, it is a delightfully refreshing salad. Try it

    • Archana

      September 21, 2021 at 3:16 am

      5 stars
      Thanks for the proportions for making the vinaigrette I always mess it up. You have put it so simply I need not think now.
      Absolutely delicious and yum salad. Carrots,
      oranges in a salad wow! Love it. My girls will go crazy when they see this salad.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 21, 2021 at 6:14 pm

        thank you so much Archana, initially I too was getting the vinaigrette proportions all messed up till I came across this useful tip from a cookery show.

      2. Amrita Roy

        September 22, 2021 at 7:50 am

        5 stars
        This refreshing carrot orange salad can definitely brighten up anyone’s day. You have beautifully explained about dressing. I always prefer simple salad dressing.

        1. mayurisjikoni

          September 22, 2021 at 9:57 pm

          Thank you so much Amrita.

    • Kalyani

      September 22, 2021 at 1:56 am

      5 stars
      As much as I am loving the summery tangy salad, my eyes are drawn towards rhe vinaigerette too . The orange peel , the sweteness and the crushed black pepper make it irresistible ☺️

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 22, 2021 at 10:02 pm

        Thank you so much Kalyani. It definitely is a very refreshing and summery salad.

    • Jayashree T.Rao

      September 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

      5 stars
      Love this combination of carrot and orange, but never had in a salad. It must be tasty and refreshing.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 22, 2021 at 9:56 pm

        Thank you so much Jayashree, it is a very falvourful salad. Try it.

    • Preethicuisine

      September 24, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      5 stars
      This carrot orange salad is bursting with flavors. I am in love with this citrusy salad. Love the delicate balance of flavours in this salad. Beautifully presented.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 26, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        thank you so much Preethi.

    • Renu

      September 28, 2021 at 4:03 am

      5 stars
      Wow, that is an informative post. TheVinaigrette Rule was not knowing it as I never do any dressing to my salads except the Indian style. I will keep this post in mind and next time when I make it will follow this. The salad is very colourful and very inviting.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 28, 2021 at 2:24 pm

        Thanks Renu, sometimes I like to use a salad dressing but ones made at home. Sometimes I add how much oil and vinegar or lemon juice I like and not follow the rule.

    • Seema Sriram

      September 29, 2021 at 5:35 am

      5 stars
      The orange salad with the orange dressing looks so eye-pleasing. Those thin cuts of radishes and cucumber just make this a perfect summer salad.

      1. mayurisjikoni

        September 29, 2021 at 5:56 pm

        Thank you so much Seema. I used a mandolin for the radishes, cucumber and carrots.

    • Maria

      October 11, 2021 at 11:11 am

      5 stars
      Such a vibrant salad and perfectly timed with the citrus season just around the corner! I would be a very happy person to find this sunny salad in my lunchbox. The orange dressing with maple syrup sounds so good!

      1. mayurisjikoni

        October 13, 2021 at 8:18 pm

        Thank you so much Maria. Enjoy the salad when you make it.

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