Carrot and Cilantro Salad

Carrot & Cilantro Salad

I have a great mother-in-law. A truly wonderful mother-in-law. Do you know why? Well apart from being a truly awesome person, she bought me a subscription to Cuisine Magazine last Christmas! Cuisine is New Zealand’s premier food and wine magazine with amazing recipes, gorgeous photography and interesting articles about local artisan producers, the restaurant scene, and food and travel.

I have been eagerly awaiting each new issue, reading it cover to cover and bookmarking recipes that I want to try. I have a long list, so look out for Cuisine Magazine-inspired recipes popping up on Easy Natural Food from time to time.

To kick things off, I made this Carrot and Cilantro Salad from the March 2013 issue of Cuisine. The original recipe is called Carrot and Coriander Salad, because in New Zealand we call cilantro “coriander” (just the same as we call sweet peppers “capsicums”!).

I made a few modifications to the recipe. I grated the carrot instead of peeling it into ribbons (so perhaps mine is more of a slaw than a salad) and I found I only need half the quantity of dressing.

My husband and I both love this salad. It is quick and easy to throw together, but looks and tastes great! A perfect side dish for a BBQ or any summer meal.

Carrot and Cilantro Salad

3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
½ cup chopped cilantro leaves (chopped semi-fine)
½ cup thinly sliced red onion
1 ½ tablespoons honey (liquid honey works better)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (to taste)

1. Add the grated carrot, chopped cilantro and red onion into a bowl.
2. In a small jar or bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice and olive oil.
3. Pour the dressing over the salad, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss to combine.

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11 Comment

  1. My husband loves cilantro on just about anything and I think he would love this salad! I have a little linky party going on if you are interested in sharing this with others.

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks Laurie, I linked up!

  2. mjskit says:

    Just gotta love those cooking magazines! I have a couple of favorites myself that I can’t wait to get each month. Cilantro with carrots – that sounds quite delicious! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    1. Debbie says:

      Thanks MJ! Ah yes….cooking magazines! I can waste so much time looking at cooking magazines 🙂

  3. What a nice mother in law, but I bet she just wants her son feed well.. LOL. I just made a carrot salad last night and my daughter didn’t like the mustard dressing. Yours sounds like it will have more kid appeal. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  4. Miz Helen says:

    I just love this Salad and can’t wait to taste it. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Andrea says:

    Mmm, looks delicoius and healthy! I just bought a bunch of fresh cilantro from the Farmer’s Market, so I will try this salad this week!

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am off to pin this recipe 🙂

  6. Interesting recipe – never thought of cilantro with carrots but it sound delish! Thank you for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday!!!

  7. Oh, this salad sounds awesome! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from

  8. […] Debbie’s recipes have been getting a ton of love from me recently – her adaptation of Carrot and Cilantro Salad inspired my recent Cilantro Carrot Slaw. I’d been sitting on her Lamb Curry recipe for months […]

  9. This is my kind of salad… can’t wait to try it.. winter or summer…

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