Mar 23
How many of you had your mom tell you that eating your carrots would help keep your eyes healthy?  Carrots are one of those foods that you want your children to love—full of all kinds of good things like beta-carotene and fiber.   Luckily I don’t have to worry about my girls because they are carrot lovers.  In fact we all are carrot lovers.  One of the snacks we always bring when we go on a road trip is a bag of carrots to munch on.  I love finding ways to incorporate carrots into a meal.  This salad is a very simple Japanese salad, made to be used as a light side dish.  Carrots are peeled into long thing ribbons and then dressed in a simple vinaigrette made of soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and a bit of sugar. I find that using a “Y”-shaped peeler works well for the carrots, but use whatever works best for you!

Peel the carrot into ribbons

The result is a slightly crunchy salad, that is a bit nutty from the sesame oil and sesame seeds, and tangy from the soy sauce and rice vinegar.  It’s delicious!  The carrot ribbons make it fun and different and provide a great opportunity for kids to practice their chopsticks skills.

Carrot Sesame Salad

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Carrot Sesame Salad

Makes 4 servings

3 – 4 medium size carrots (about 7 ounces total), washed and peeled
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons toasted white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1. With a vegetable peeler, slice the carrots into long ribbons.  Set the ribbons aside in a serving bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, or liquid measuring cup, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, sesame seeds, and granulated sugar.  Pour over the carrot ribbons, and toss the ribbons to coat them in the dressing.  The salad can be served immediately, or can be refrigerated up to a day before serving.

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Dawn W March 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

That looks so delicious! I may have to pick up some carrots on my way home!


Lyndsey March 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Beautiful salad! We would love that “nutty” taste! My daughter has always loved carrots (even cooked). If she feels she didn’t get enough veggies in her dinner….later she’ll be snacking on some carrots. I know she’s funny! She even like brussel sprouts:D

Looks like this is another salad I’m going to try!


sherry March 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Ummmhmmm…going to spring this one on the grand children. I have one who is a veggie and this will be perfect.


Joy March 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

It looks great. Simple and I’m sure it taste great. These are my favorite dishes.


Michelle March 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Anything carrot is right up my alley but with the sesame seeds and oil..WOW!


Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites March 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Mmmm…that sounds so yummy! Plus it is so easy to make, I’ll definitely have to put this on my to-make-soon list!


Bob March 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Oh I love this. So simple but I can tell it’s just awesome.


Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} March 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

This sounds delicious! I love Asian flavors and those ribbons look awesome!


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Dawn W March 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Well, I picked up some carrots on the way home and I have to say that we love this! Kiddo made the dressing and has now declared it one of her new favorite things to cook. Thanks for the recipe!


Shannie B March 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I made this tonight to compliment our dinner of tonkatsu. It was PERFECT!!! Just like so many salads we ate whilst in Japan. Refreshing and tart and just awesome.


Missy J March 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

This looks DELICIOUS. I am making this somethign this week! I just bought carrots at the store yesterday, too. You’re a mind reader!

May I also comment – your photography techniques are improving! I like seeing you get more creative with your food photos. Go Fuji!


Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) March 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

Mmmm… looks delicious! I love this type of salad, I’ll be putting sesame seeds on my next shopping list! I also love carrots, ever since I was a kid, my nanna nicknamed me a little rabbit :)


penny aka jeroxie March 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

Nice and simple. A nice little side dish


Cookin' Canuck March 24, 2010 at 5:46 am

We go through so many carrots in a week that I can’t even count. This looks like a novel, delicious way to enjoy them!


[email protected] March 24, 2010 at 7:28 am

I read the title and went straight to read your post because I have made a similar salad in the past, except that it was totally different! I’ll definitively try your recipe as well. Sounds delicious! And plenty of Vitamin A!


Melusine March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’m curious what it’s seasoned rice vinegar?



sippitysup March 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Carrots are a wonderful ingredient, but sometimes they need a little dressing up as you have done here. GREG


sugar plum March 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This sure sounds super delicious :-))))


LollyChops March 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

Hey stranger!

That sounds sooo yummy! But then again ALL of your recipes do!

Miss ya HUGS!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Yum! I love carrots. I have actually made carrot ribbons into a mock-pasta with zucchini before… Love that presentation. I will definitely try this salad.


Nath March 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

Delicious! I made this several times since you posted it. It’s now one of my go-to veggies sides, along with things like cucumber and tomato salad.


[email protected] April 4, 2010 at 6:02 am

Stunning in its simplicity. Way to go to get kids to eat carrots!


Barbara | VinoLuciStyle February 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Shock of all shocks in this household that so often does not have your wealth of unique ingredients. I do I do…and need to make something with that bunch of carrots. Yeah!

Sounds perfect, light and refreshing and the ribbons will add so much to the plate.


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