This simple and delicious French shredded salad is made from shredded carrots in a simple lemon dressing. It is a light and healthy low calorie alternative without mayonnaise that is a cinch to make, keeps well, and is good for you.
Just one taste and you’ll begin to understand how French women manage to stay slim while enjoying delicious food!
My sister inspired be to try this raw shredded carrot salad. So if like her you hate cooked carrots be sure to give it a try.
French Shredded Carrot Salad Recipe Notes
I slightly adapted this simple French shredded carrot salad, Carrottes Rapees, from one of my latest cookbook acquisitions, The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.
I used only 1 tablespoon of olive oil—instead of 2. This decreased the calories by more than 100, giving it a Weight Watchers PointsPlus and Freestyle SmartPoints Value (PPV) of *2.
We all loved it so it’s going into my regular rotation salad and vegetable rotation.
If you like this simple recipe for French carrot salad, be sure to check out my other low calorie Weight Watchers friendly carrot recipes including Weight Watchers Carrot Salad with Raisins & Walnuts, Slow Cooker Curried Carrot Soup, Easy Carrot Apple Slaw, Slow Cooker Carrots with Apple Glaze and Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
This simple and delicious French shredded salad is made from shredded carrots in a simple lemon dressing. It is a light and healthy low calorie alternative without mayonnaise that is a cinch to make, keeps well, and is good for you. Just one taste and you'll begin to understand how French women manage to stay slim while enjoying delicious food!
- 1/2 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
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, chives or a combination
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the carrots in a medium-size glass bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, sugar and mustard until well blended.
Pour the dressing over the carrots.
Add the parsley and/or chives.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Taste and adjust the seasonings to suit your tastes.
Chill the salad for at least 30 minutes to give the flavors a chance to blend and toss again before serving.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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:
- Grains and Legumes;
- Nuts and Seeds; and
- 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.
Watch this video to find out about 10 amazing health benefits of carrots…
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.
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:
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
More Low Calorie Weight Watchers Recipes with Carrots You Might Like
Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon & Dijon (SkinnyTaste)
Spicy Carrot Salad (SnackGirl)
Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad with Feta Cheese (LaaLoosh)
Jicama & Carrot Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing (Cookin’Canuck)
Learn a little more about Weight Watchers Freestyle in this short video:
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Update Notes: This post was originally published on August 3, 2012, but was republished with updated recipe notes, new video, updated instructions and nutritional information, including WW Freestyle SmartPoints in April 2018.
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