Carottes Râpées – Parisian Carrot Salad

Paris Carrot SaladIf you have not already noticed, my love for Food and France is probably what dominates  90% of “A Pretty Little Life’s” content. Well this post I hate to break it to you is no different!

Whilst in Paris we became very familiar with a carrot salad that we would see adorning the front windows of all the famous french rotisseries. Beautiful and vibrant looking this salad immediately caught our eyes and was enjoyed on numerous occasions during our stay in Paris.

The most memorable of these occasions would have to have been when I ate this this zesty salad with a falafel pita whilst exploring the Jewish quarter of Paris. We spotted people from streets away all carrying and indulging in these overflowing Pitas. We followed our noses and the trail of happy customers carrying pitas until we stumbles across L’As du Fallafel. It was there I had a broken conversation with the most delightful jewish man. We both could not speak each others languages, but some how managed to have a conversation expressing our love of food! This incredible pita was served to me chock a block full of zesty carrot salad, falafel and a combination of hummus, tahini and a sauce I can’t quite put my finger on…. yum!! It was the perfect blend of cultural cuisine.


Since returning from our European holiday we constantly try and find foods similar to those we ate on our travels. Although we are yet to find a falafel pita anywhere near as good as our Parisian experience, I have been able to recreate our favourite zesty carrot salad from inside it.

We have this simple and tasty salad in my house a couple of times a week. It is quick, yummy and I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand ready to go!

Here is my recipe for Parisian Carrot Salad or

Carottes Râpées

(Parisian Carrot Salad)


  • 4 carrots
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • a splash of verjuice (optional)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • Big pinch of salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • a good handful of flat leaf parsley chopped finely


Wash, peel and grate your carrots. You may do this the old fashioned way with a grater or use an attachment on your food processor. I have recently bought a veggetti (I love it!!) purely for this salad.

Prepare the salad dressing by combining all other ingredients in a glass. Whisk to combine.

Dress the salad just before serving so that the carrots remain crunchy and beautiful.






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