Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad

This recipe caught my eye in the October 2010 edition of Vegetarian Times magazine. Can you believe that tonight was the very first time that I made it?! I forgot about it for a long while, then I became extremely focused on soups for a long while 🙂

So even though you’d probably consider this more of a Fall recipe (when apples and cranberries are in season) it seemed fitting to open Summer Salad Sundays with this recipe as it finally gave me the impetus to make it. And I’m glad I did! This is a really tasty salad, a definite keeper and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

My recipe below is fairly true to the original, although I doubled the garlic, and used more apple and more olive oil than the original recipe. I also served the salad on a bed of lettuce instead of spinach because we try to avoid raw spinach due to its high oxalate content.

Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad

1 1/2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 small cloves garlic, minced
2 cups grated carrots
3/4 red apple, diced
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (this one is my favorite)
Loosely chopped lettuce of your choice

1. Combine the cider vinegar and garlic in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
2. Mix together the carrots, apple, green onions, parsley, and cranberries in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the honey and olive oil into the cider vinegar mixture to make the vinaigrette.
4. Pour the vinaigrette over the carrot mixture and toss to coat.
5. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
6. Serve on bed of chopped lettuce.

The original recipe recommends making the salad at least 2 hours ahead. I didn’t do this and it was still really tasty! But making it ahead would give more time for the flavors to blend. To make ahead, follow steps 1-5, then add the salad to the lettuce when you are ready to serve.

The original recipe can be found here.

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32 Comment

  1. Pam says: Reply

    Looks So Scrumptious!

  2. mjskit says: Reply

    I was planning on making a carrot and raisin salad today! This one looks so much better than the boring one I had in mind. Great recipe!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks MJ! I have a carrot and raisin salad that I make too, but this one is going to be my new favorite for a while 🙂

  3. Debra says: Reply

    This salad sounds great. Love the cranberries. I might just add some apples, but I’d coat them with lemon juice first. I can’t wait to make this one. Thanks for posting it!

  4. Just vibrant colors–it looks like the perfect way to kick off your salad season. 😉 Thanks for sharing it with Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays.

    I’m going to have to make some blog-worthy salads to join in your Summer Salad Sundays!

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Deb! I’ll look forward to seeing some salads from you!

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  6. Your food is just so beautiful and healthy… please share this salad today on foodie friday. I love the idea of carrots and apples together.

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  8. amber says: Reply

    Hi There Debbie,

    This salad is amazing (and SCD friendly). So I’m pinning this one for sure. I’m always on the lookout for SCD recipes.

    Thanks for sharing with us this week on AFW. I always look forward to your healthy, nourishing meals.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    –Amber

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thank you! High praise coming from the Salad Queen herself 🙂

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  10. Mel says: Reply

    …how gorgeous does this look, i’ll definately be giving this salad a try…thankyou for sharing…loVe your header page tis very striking…Mel 🙂

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Thanks Mel!

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  12. Your salad looks amazing! I am very fond of carrots and love the tangy twist on this salad.

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  15. pgreen says: Reply

    No, I wouldn’t consider this a “Fall” recipe since apples and dried cranberries are always in season or in the supermarkets. One thing I would change about this recipe so it doesn’t look like animal feed would be the presentation. Slice the apples instead of chopping them up, leave the lettuce whole, no need to chop the cranberries as they are already tiny and adding parsley to salad seems a little redundant. I have leftover Balsamic vinaigrette which I’m adding to it and would be much nicer than just sweetened apple vinegar.

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