Healthy Carrot Salad

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This Healthy Carrot Salad is so good y’all! It is light and oh-so-tasty. I really don’t care for the traditional carrot salad, the mayo is just too much for me! This is a spin-off. It is carrots, sunflower seeds, pecans, craisins all topped with a maple vinaigrette. it’s amazing. I promise you!

Using A Spiralizer

I decided to be a little extra and spiralize my carrots. I know, it’s not necessary, but it is so pretty! Here is the spiralizer I use. It is a little spendy, but there are plenty of other options out there that get great ratings.

See….it’s pretty isn’t it!

Putting Together The Healthy Carrot Salad

Now, you can add in whatever you want. I chose sunflower seeds, pecans, and craisins. A little something sweet, something salty, and something crunchy. Any dried fruits and nuts you want to add in is perfect.

I don’t buy any pampered chef tools, but I sure do love this chopper!

Maple Vinaigrette

I love glazed carrots with maple syrup, so I knew I wanted to use it for the vinaigrette.

Assembling The Healthy Carrot Salad

Everything is ready, let’s put it all together!

Now the dressing. I generally only put a touch on, but this dressing is so good, we used all of it!

If you bought a bag of carrots and need some other recipes to use, let me give you a few recommendations.

Healthy Carrot Salad

This healthy carrot salad is a great spin off of the classic carrot salad. It is light and loaded with seeds, nuts and dried fruits.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot salad, carrot salad with no mayo, carrot salad with vinaigerette, healhty carrot salad, healthy salad ideas, salad ideas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 4-6 cups grated or spiralized carrots
  • 1 cup add in of choice I used sunflower seeds. pecans and Craisins. The possibilities are endless!

Maple Syrup Vinaigerette

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Construct you salad.
    Mix all ingredients for dressing. Shake or mix well. Pour over top of salad and serve immediately. If you want to prep this as a make ahead, you can make the salad and dressing separately up to 2 days in advance. Combine just before serving.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!
Do you have to have a spiralizer for this recipe?

No way! It is a pretty way to present the carrots, but you can just as easily julienne or even grate them!

Can I use this for meal prep?

Yes. Just make sure you hold off on the dressing until serving.

How long will this salad hold after making it?

Without the dressing, I would say up to 4 days.

What add-ins do you recommend?

I love any type of dried fruits- raisins, craisins, dried apricots, figs,etc. I love walnuts, pecans, cashes, and even almonds for nuts.

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