{38 Power Foods} Simple French Shredded Carrot Salad (Carottes Rapees)

French Carrot Salad

French Carrot Salad – Shredded Carrots in a Simple Lemon Dressing

This French carrot salad of shredded carrots in a simple lemon dressing was inspired by my sister who is staying with us. She hates cooked carrots and I wanted to make something for this week’s 38 Power Foods Group post that everyone would enjoy.

(Fridays, a group of bloggers, led by Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits, is posting recipes using the healthy ingredients from Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, by Martha Stewart and the editors of  Whole Living Magazine.

If you haven’t seen the book, it’s definitely worth taking a peek, especially if you’re trying to eat healthier. The 38 Power Foods are categorized into 5 chapters: 1) Vegetables; 2) Fruits; 3) Grains and Legumes; 4) Nuts and Seeds; and 5) Eggs, Yogurt and Fish. In addition to several recipes for each ingredient, there’s interesting health information, along with buying, storing, and preparation tips.

We are now up to #8, Carrots, on the alphabetical list of vegetables.

It turns out Bugs Bunny was right, chomping on carrots is a good thing to do for your health. They’re full of fiber, vitamin C, and beta- carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A, a nutrient essential for healthy skin and night vision. Carrots are richer in carotenoids than any other vegetable too, helping to protect you from cancer, heart disease and cataracts.

Because beta-carotene is fat soluble, it’s best to eat them with a little healthy oil so your body can more fully absorb the nutrients, making this French carrot salad recipe a naturally delicious & healthy choice.

Skinny on French Shredded Carrot Salad

I slightly adapted this simple French shredded carrot salad, Carrottes Rapees, from one of my latest cookbook acquisition, The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. I used only 1 tablespoon of olive oil, instead of 2, giving it a Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV) of 2.

We all loved it so it’s going into my regular rotation salad and vegetable rotation.


French Carrot Salad
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A simple French salad of shredded carrots and lemon Dijon vinaigrette
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
  • ½ pound carrots, peeled and grated into long thin strips (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, chives or a combination
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place the carrots in a medium-size glass bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, sugar and mustard until well blended.
  3. Pour the dressing over the carrots.
  4. Add the parsley and/or chives.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasonings to suit your tastes.
  7. Chill the salad for at least 30 minutes to give the flavors a chance to blend and toss again before serving.
Martha's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/2 cup): 75 calories, 4.3 g fat, 9.1 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 1.3 g protein and 2 WW PointsPlus value (PPV)

*PointsPlus® for Simple French Shredded Carrot Salad calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

For more great delicious carrot recipes, check out the blogs of these fabulous food-blogging ladies who are participating in the 38 Power Foods group today:

Alyce More Time at the Table, Ansh - Spice Roots, Jeanette - Jeanette’s Healthy Living, Jill - Saucy Cooks, Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits, Sarah - Everything in the Kitchen Sink, Casey - Bookcase Foodie, Bambi – Adobo Down Under

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  1. says

    This looks amazing and I love the fact that it seems pretty straight forward. This is one to keep in the fridge to nosh on. Love it!

  2. says

    What a pretty carrot salad – love how simple it is to make. I’ve got a stash of fresh carrots in my fridge this week. Can’t wait to try this.

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