Carrot and Coriander Side Salad

by Dannii on May 8, 2014

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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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lucy

So simple that even I could make it :-)


2 Dannii

You definitely could. Give it a try :)


3 Mary

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


4 Dannii

Enjoy :)


5 Choclette

Ooh you’ve made a simple carrot salad look so pretty. I bet it tastes delicious with the lime and cilantro.


6 Dannii

Thanks :)


7 Julie

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!


8 Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

I adore adding sesame seeds to salads. Try adding them to spinach Dannii.


9 Dannii

Oooh, good idea! Thanks :)


10 Maria @ runningcupcake

I love fresh grated carrot in a salad, but I am not a fan of coriander in salads- I would probably make it taste weird by adding fresh basil as I love that!


11 Dannii

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


12 Anna

I love how fresh this sounds. Coriander is one of my favourite herbs. Yum!


13 Dannii

Mine too :D


14 Vera

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


15 Dannii

Sure thing – there will be lots more come up!


16 Corina

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.


17 Dannii

I am trying to add lots more simple, few ingredients recipes to the blog.


18 Hiba

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!


19 Dannii

It definitely adds a little something extra!


20 Tina @ The Spicy Pear

Love this salad. Carrot and coriander work so well together, whether in a soup or in a zesty salad.


21 Dannii

They are a great combination, aren’t they!


22 Lucy Parissi

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…


23 Dannii

My husband said something similar lol


24 Michelle

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!


25 Dannii

Thank you so much for the kind words.


26 Rachel

Now this looks lovely, I would chuck some salmon flakes on it x


27 Dannii

Oooh, good call!


28 Karen

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.


29 Dannii

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


30 Tara

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


31 Hiba

Personally, I love shredded carrots with dry mint or chopped parsley, never tried it with sesame seeds though… The best thing to do is give it a try!


32 Dannii

Yes, mint is a good addition!


33 Dannii

Yes, either of those would work too. I just think coriander goes really well with carrots.


34 Louise

Mmm, this looks and sounds delicious. I think my 10 year old would absolutely adore it :D

Louise x

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35 Dannii

Let us know if it is kid friendly!


36 Nina

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.


37 Dannii



38 Shannon

Great post never seen a salad look so appealing! Will have to give it a go!

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39 Dannii

Thanks :)


40 Amy

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.


41 Dannii

It is so easy to make your own paste. Recipe coming soon!


42 Rebecca

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 ;)


43 Dannii

I am an expert at that too haha


44 Louise

I could just eat this through the screen. Great recipe, Dannii x


45 Dannii

Thanks :)


46 Nayna Kanabar (@citrusspiceuk)

I love this salad simple yet refreshing. I Love the vibrant colours too.


47 Dannii

It’s all about brightly coloured food at the moment.


48 Penny

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.


49 Dannii

We often have brocolli too, but it does get boring.


50 Justine Thomas

Lots of bright colours here – I love it!


51 Dannii



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