Carrot and Coriander Side Salad

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This is a very simple side dish that doesn’t really warrant a full recipe, but I thought I would share it anyway as it is a great little side dish that goes so well with Asian dishes, especially Thai curry (I have a recipe for that coming up soon). You wouldn’t usually think to put a salad with a curry, but this isn’t your normal lettuce salad, but instead it is packed full of carrots and flavour.

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I haven’t added any spice to it, as just the lime juice and coriander (cilantro) packs enough flavour and if you are having it with curry, then there should be enough spice with your meal anyway, but feel free to add some. We had leftovers and I threw it together with some lettuce, cucumber and Asian spiced grilled chicken the next day to make an awesome salad.


Ingredients – Serves 4:

– 8 carrots

– 2 handfuls of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped

– Juice of 1 lime (2 limes if the one you have is not very juicy)

– 1tbsp olive oil

– 2 tbsp sesame seeds


1) Use a julienne peeler (or just shred the carrots if you don’t have one) to peel the carrots and put in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Leave for 30 minutes before serving.


Would you like to see more side dishes on the blog? Let me know in the comments box below.



Nutritional Information – per person:

Calories: 84

Fat: 4

Carbs: 12

Protein: 1

Fibre: 3.5

Weight Watchers Pro Points: 2

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  1. says

    Oooo, I’ve never added sesame seeds to meals before, but this has made me add them to my shopping list for tomorrow.

  2. says

    I’ve recently started a diet so a dish like this, seeing how low in calories it is would be ideal as a side dish to fill me up more!

    • Dannii says

      I think basil would still work well. I have heard people say they don’t like coriander because it tastes like soap – I don’t get that myself lol

  3. Vera says

    Hi, more side dishes would be great! Especially ones that can be made in advance and keep a few days :)

  4. says

    This is exactly the type of side salad I’d love with a curry. I make a lot of curries but tend to neglect the sides unless I’m cooking for friends too. I like the fact that this doesn’t have too many ingredients so wouldn’t take much effort to make as well as making the rest of the meal.

  5. Hiba says

    That’s a side dish I love making, so simple and really refreshing. I’ve never had it with sesame seeds but I’ll definitely give it a try!

  6. says

    Love this salad! Reminds me of the salads I used to have in Greece. Of course if you serve this to my husband he will say ‘that’s just carrots’. What does he know…

  7. Michelle says

    I am new to your blog (found you in the UK bloggers Facebook group) but I have had a look through most of your recipes and bookmarked lots of them to try. I need to lose about 4 stone, but being a food lover I am finding it difficult. Thanks for the inspiration – what you have done is amazing and to be so honest and to share that story with everyone is just brilliant. You should be proud!

  8. Karen says

    Do you have any healthy potato side dishes? We eat a lot of stuffed chicken with vegetables and that is enough for me, but my husband and 2 boys need something extra with it, but I still want to keep it healthy. Thanks in advance.

    • Dannii says

      I can add that to the list of recipes to make for the blog. There are some in the recipe section though.

  9. Tara says

    I hate cilantro with a passion. Do you think it would work with another herb like basil or parsley?

  10. Nina says

    What a good idea! I would never think to put a salad like this together, but next time I have a curry, I am going to make it.

  11. Amy says

    I am looking forward to the Thai curry recipe. I also buy the jars of paste, but I would love to know how to make it myself.

  12. Rebecca says

    Yes please, more side dishes would be great. As would more simple dishes like this, as I am not the best in the kitchen. Unless it is opening a bottle of wine ;)

  13. Penny says

    I usually just steam some brocolli or cauliflower to have on the side with a curry, but this sounds like a nice change. Thanks for the recipe.