Apple Carrot Salad

May 28, 2023mayurisjikoni
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Apple Carrot Salad

Apple Carrot Salad is a delicious, crunchy, tangy and refreshing salad that is perfect as a light lunch option or as a side dish. With homemade lemon vinaigrette, this is my go to salad for picnics and potlucks. An easy salad which does not require too many ingredients.

While one can easily grate both the apple and carrot to make the whole process of preparing the salad faster, I find that if I am making it for picnics, potluck or cookouts, after a while the salad goes limp and too watery. If we are going to enjoy the salad straight away then I grate both.

Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette adds a tangy, refreshing flavour to the salad. However, if you want to prepare another dressing or use ready made ones that too is fine.

Please note: This recipe is enough for 2 as a side dish. Increase the quantities for more servings.

Sunday Funday Group

This week the members of this lovely group are preparing side dishes for barbecues/cookouts, a theme suggested by Stacy. This theme just comes in time as now the sunny days are here and hopefully we will be cooking out or hosting barbecues. This salad will feature on the family cookout in Florida coming Monday as I am told it is a holiday in the US.  I improved this really old recipe for the theme. Hubby and I enjoyed it in our Magog Bay Park on Friday as the spring weather was perfect… sunny with a cool breeze.

Also with warmer weather I am trying to redo as many salad recipes as I can. Come winter and we both prefer soups and hot side dishes to salads.

First Published on 12/05/2012

The older version didn’t have any raisins and homemade salad dressing. And have improved on the photos.


I had planned for a bread recipe but unfortunately didn’t get the time to bake it. Packing the right saris, salwar khameez, makeup, jewellery for 3 upcoming wedding can be really stressful. One wedding in South Carolina, another in Houston and the last one in Nottingham. That involves a lot of travelling. And nowadays the luggage restrictions by airlines is a bit frustrating. You pay for the ticket and on top you pay for a good seat and your luggage! Business Class has simply become unaffordable. Do I pack wedding clothes or my normal clothes??? Need them both for the 6 weeks that I am going to be away from home.

My deal with hubby is ” I rather pay for the extra baggage allowance than to buy jewellery.” That way I travel with peace of mind.


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Ingredients Required For Apple Carrot Salad & Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Apple – use red or green, any you like. I have used green apple and peeled it.
  • Carrots – peel them.
  • Walnuts – roast them lightly on a wide pan over low heat. Or in the microwave oven for about 1-2 minutes. Cut them into halves or pieces.
  • Raisins – soak them in hot water for 2-5 minuted before adding to the salad.
  • Lemon – need it for the lemon juice and the zest.
  • Olive Oil – for the lemon salad dressing.
  • Maple Syrup | Honey – for a vegan salad use maple syrup.
  • Salt – add according to your taste.
  • Black Pepper  Powder  – add according to your taste.

Watch How To Make Apple Carrot Salad & Lemon Vinaigrette




Apple Carrot Salad is a delicious, crunchy, tangy and refreshing salad that is perfect as a light lunch option or as a side dish. With homemade lemon vinaigrette, this is my go to salad for picnics and potlucks. An easy salad which does not require too many ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Light Meal, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 2



  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large apple red or green
  • 12-14 walnuts
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • some hot water


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder



  • Soak the raisins in hot water for 2-5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, peel the apple and carrots.
  • Core the apple and cut into thin strips or grate it.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp lemon juice and mix gently.
  • Cut the carrots into thin strips or grate them.
  • Add to the chopped apple.
  • Roast the walnuts in a a pan over low heat. Make sure you stir them frequently.
  • Alternately, roast them in the microwave oven for 1-2 minutes.
  • Cut them into pieces or halves. Add to the salad.
  • Drain out the water from the raisins and add them to the salad.


  • Add salt to the olive oil and mix well.
  • Add pepper powder, maple syrup, lemon juice and the zest.
  • Whisk the dressing well.
  • Or you can add the ingredients in a jar, close it tightly with a lid and give it a good shake.


  • Add the lemon vinaigrette to the salad mixture. Toss and serve. Can chill it for 30 minutes in the fridge.


  • Can add any nuts you prefer.
  • Can use mayonnaise as a dressing if you like.
  • Add fresh herbs like mint, basil, coriander if you want to.
  • Use any type of apple, red or green.
  • Adjust the amount of maple syrup according to your taste. I added less as raisins are sweet.
Keyword apple and carrot salad, apple slaw, carrot apple salad

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  • Purva Sawant

    April 4, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Nice salad

  • Shobha

    April 4, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Love the crunchy salad..

  • Dannii Martin

    April 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I love apple and carrot together for a nice crunchy salad.

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Purva

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you Shobha

  • Mayuri Patel

    April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Me too Danii…thanks

  • Stacy

    May 28, 2023 at 5:42 am

    What a bright salad, both in flavors and colors! Have a wonderful time at your wedding celebrations. I share your frustrations with traveling expenses and packing for so long but it will be worth it for the time spent with family and friends.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2023 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy, meeting family and friends is definitely worth the hassle.

  • Renu

    May 28, 2023 at 9:09 am

    5 stars
    The sweet taste from apple and carrots, will balance the lemon Vinaigrette so nicely. A perfect salad for summers.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2023 at 5:43 pm

      It sure does, thanks Renu. We love it as a summer salad.

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  • Wendy Klik

    May 28, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Great potluck recipe Mayuri. Thanks for sharing.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2023 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Wendy.

  • Colleen – Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

    May 28, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    I love a carrot salad! And one with apples too sounds even better! I’m excited to give this recipe a try!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 30, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much Colleen. Enjoy the salad when you try it out.

  • Sneha Datar

    May 30, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    This looks like an interesting mixture: carrot and apples. Yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      Give it a try Sneha, it is really delicious. You can grate both and make it like a slaw if you want to.

  • Amy’s Cooking Adventures

    June 3, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    This looks delicious – perfect for summer

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2023 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Amy and it is as now carrots and apples are available throughout the year.

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