Sesame Carrot Noodle Salad

Sesame Carrot Noodle Salad | Food & Nutrition Magazine | Volume 9, Issue 1
Photography by Kate Cauffiel | Food styling by Christina Zerkis | Prop styling by Lindsey Parker

A subtly spicy sesame-honey dressing adds flavor to this shaved carrot salad.

SERVING SIZE: ½ cup (53 grams)
PREP TIME: 15 minutes, plus 30 minutes of refrigeration
COOKING TIME: 1 minute


  • 2 tablespoons (28 milliliters) rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (42 milliliters) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (28 milliliters) fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons (12 milliliters) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped dry roasted peanuts


  1. In a large glass bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, honey, lime juice, lime zest, sesame oil, ginger, salt and red pepper flakes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  2. Thinly slice carrot (about ⅛-inch thick).
  3. Add carrot ribbons and cilantro to the bowl of dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or a fitted lid and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  5. Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add peanuts and toast 30 to 60 seconds, stirring frequently, until peanuts are lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool.
  7. Just before serving, top salad with chopped peanuts.

Cooking note: Carrots can be cut into coins, thinly sliced on a bias, shaved or spiralized.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 87 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 8g sugar, 2g protein, N/A potassium, N/A phosphorus

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