How to Make the Best Carrot Salad Recipe, Healthy, No Mayonnaise

Try this quick and easy, shredded carrot salad without mayonnaise. It’s light and healthy. Perfect for a spring side dish, for a barbecue or picnic. 

two servings of carrot salad.

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My grandma would make carrot salad, the classic carrot salad with raisins, mayonnaise, and carrots.

It’s great, but if you are looking for a healthier carrot salad, then this one made without mayonnaise will be perfect for you. 

Only a few ingredients are needed. 

What You Need to Make Healthy Carrot Salad

Ingredients for the carrot salad

Carrots, I like to use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons of carrots.

Onion, a sweet onion or purple onion is great.

Vinegar, we prefer rice vinegar

Oil, any oil you like to dress your salad

Lime Juice, from the bottle or fresh squeezed

Salt & Pepper to taste

Chives, if you’d like a little extra flavor and color in your salad

How to Make Carrot Salad without Mayonnaise Step by Step

1. Peel the Carrots into Ribbons

peeling the carrots in to ribbons

I like to peel the skin off, then peel the carrots into thin ribbons.

Recipe Tip: if you rotate the carrot as you are peeling you’ll get thinner and thicker ribbons adding to the texture of the salad

2. Make the Dressing

mixing the dressing for the salad.

Add the vinegar, oil, and lime juice in the bottom of a large bowl and whisk to mix. You can also add the salt and pepper now or wait until after the carrots are added.

3. Add the Onions and Carrots

mixing the carrots with the dressing

Drop the finely diced onions into the dressing. If you have picky eaters, look for the tips below to add flavor to this salad and skip the onions. 

Pile the carrots into the bowl, too.

4. Toss to Coat with Dressing and Season

adding salt and pepper to the carrots

Using tongs or a spoon, toss the vegetable in the dressing to coat them all well. If you haven’t added the salt and pepper, add it now and then toss.

That’s it. You now have a delicious, healthy and fresh carrot salad made without mayonnaise. 

It’s much lighter than traditional carrot salad. But nice and crunchy, too.

the carrot salad recipe ready to serve.

It’s a Make Ahead Salad

Like coleslaw, you can make this carrot salad recipe ahead of time. Make it the night before a party or picnic. Let it sit in the refrigerator ready to go. It keeps very well because it’s made without mayonnaise. 

How Long Does Carrot Salad Last?

This salad recipe can be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The carrots and onions hold up well in the dressing.

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Picky Eater Options

If you have a picky eater who will not eat onions. You can add a teaspoon of onion powder instead of the onions. 

You can also add 10-20 sliced grapes or raisins. It adds a little sweetness to the salad so the kids will eat it better if you have picky eaters.

A serving of the carrot salad recipe.

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the carrot salad recipe ready to serve.

Easy and Healthy Carrot Salad

This carrot salad is so easy to make and is healthy too. No mayonnaise needed. It’s vegan and keto friendly. The perfect salad to take on a picnic or for a barbecue.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 85 kcal


  • 1 pound Carrots peeled with a vegetable peeler into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup Purple Onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chives chopped to sprinkle on top, if desired


  • Place oil, vinegar, lime juice in a bowl mix.
  • Add the carrots and onions. Toss in the dressing until well coated.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix well.
  • Sprinkle with chives if desired.


Serving: 4servingsCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 3g
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