Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad

This carrot apple and walnut salad is so simple and delicious. My hubby and I couldn't stop eating it!! @natashaskitchen

This Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad is quick and easy; my kind of salad! My husband and I both kept going back to the bowl for refills and nearly finished the entire batch between the two of us, but you know what? It. felt .good!

This salad is loaded with healthy ingredients. The lemony dressing and plump raisins make it irresistible.

This carrot apple and walnut salad is so simple and delicious. My hubby and I couldn't stop eating it!! @natashaskitchen

There’s something about sunflower oil that gives any salad a Slavic kick. It’s that secret little ingredient that makes salads taste more “authentic” to my Ukrainian taste buds (afterall, Ukraine and Russia are two of the largest producers of sunflower oil).

It’s so aromatic and adds great flavor. If you haven’t tried it, I think you should give it a whirl. P.S. If you have the option, it’s best to buy un-refined sunflower oil – it tastes better and is a little better for you.

Ingredients for Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad:

1 lb (about 5 large) carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
2 apples (we used granny smith), peeled, cored and sliced into matchsticks
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, lightly toasted
1/2 cup raisins
Juice of 1 medium lemon (3 Tbsp, divided)
3 Tbsp sunflower oil (3 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper to taste

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How to Make Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad:

1. Toast walnuts on a dry skillet until golden then remove from heat to cool (keep an eye on them; they can burn quickly).

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2. Soak raisins in 1 cup boiling hot water for about 1 minute to soften them up. Drain well and set aside.

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3. Cut carrots into matchsticks and place them in a large mixing bowl. P.S. We recommend this Borner Julienne Grater – these julienne slicers are hard to find, but we bought ours on Amazon.

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4. Cut apples into matchsticks and toss them with 1 Tbsp lemon juice right away to prevent browning. I used a granny smith apples but most apples will work well. 

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5. Add soaked raisins and toasted walnuts to the bowl.

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6. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp sunflower oil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Pour the dressing over salad and stir until combined. This salad stores really well in the refrigerator for several hours and the tiny bit that was leftover was still good the next day.

Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad-6This carrot apple and walnut salad is so simple and delicious. My hubby and I couldn't stop eating it!! @natashaskitchen

Carrot Apple and Walnut Salad

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This carrot and apple salad is quick and easy; my kind of salad! It is loaded with healthy ingredients. The lemony dressing and plump raisins make it irresistible. There's something about sunflower oil that gives any salad a Slavic kick. It's that secret little ingredient that makes salads taste more "authentic" to my Ukrainian taste buds (afterall, Ukraine and Russia are two of the largest producers of sunflower oil). It's so aromatic and adds great flavor. If you haven't tried it, I think you should give it a whirl. P.S. If you have the option, it's best to buy un-refined sunflower oil - it tastes better and is a little better for you.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $6-$8
Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (about 5 large) carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 apples (we used granny smith), peeled, cored and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup raisins
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (3 Tbsp, divided)
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower oil (3 Tbsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toast walnuts on a dry skillet until golden then remove from heat to cool (keep an eye on them; they can burn quickly).
  2. Soak raisins in 1 cup boiling hot water for about 1 minute to soften them up. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Cut carrots into matchsticks and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Cut apples into matchsticks and toss them with 1 Tbsp lemon juice right away to prevent browning (I used a granny smith apples but most apples will work well.
  5. Add soaked raisins and toasted walnuts to the bowl.
  6. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp sunflower oil, ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp black pepper. Pour the dressing over salad and stir until combined.

Notes

This salad stores really well in the refrigerator for several hours and the tiny bit that was leftover was still good the next day.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag bannerThis carrot apple and walnut salad is so simple and delicious. My hubby and I couldn't stop eating it!! @natashaskitchen

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  • Ray
    September 5, 2016

    Don’t waste the lemon zest! My wife and I zest the whole lemon, double everything else, and serve this to our Germans, Slavic, and Syrian Christian friends at fellowship dinners. All love it, and it fits fast and abstinence requirements. Love from Did-Mac-Zedo. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 5, 2016

      Thank you for sharing your tip! I’m so happy you all love the recipe 🙂 Reply

  • Katja
    August 12, 2016

    Thanks for the great recipe! I added some grapes and loved it. I will definitely make it again😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2016

      Thank you for the nice review, I”m glad you liked it 😁. Reply

  • Susan Currie
    March 28, 2016

    I made this for EASTER and loved it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2016

      Susan, I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • yelena
    December 31, 2015

    Natasha i love all the dishes you post and cook almost exclusively everything from your site! However, this salad was a total dissappointment. It just tasted awful! 🙁 maybe its because i used pecans instead of walnuts? Idk no one will eat it in the fam… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2015

      I wonder if it could have been one of the ingredients? Was your oil fresh and what kind of oil did you use? I once had a bottle of sunflower oil that went stale and ruined a recipe with it. Were the pecans stale possibly because just substituting pecans should have been fine. Reply

  • Vika
    September 10, 2015

    Yummy! I made this with the apples from my backyard and it just tastes like fall. I dont have a julienner and I am too lazy to matchstick the apple and carrot so I just grated them and it was delicious. My 7 year old daughter actually asked me for salad the next day after we had this! Thanks for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2015

      Vika, thank you for the great review :), enjoy! Reply

  • Olga
    June 30, 2015

    Looks great! I make a slightly different version of the salad. I use carrots, dried apricots (“kuraga”), toasted pecans, garlic, and 1/2 mayo + 1/2 sour cream. So good!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      I’m so printing your comment to try your version! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 P.S. do you dice the apricots and how much carrots versus apricots?  Reply

  • June 19, 2015

    Natashik- u r the best, what else can I say..simple , but great salad! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 19, 2015

      I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂 Reply

  • Each time I look at the photo, I want to take a bite. It looks so delicious. Not sure I could cut up the apple and carrot in matchsticks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 27, 2015

      Thank you Judee :). You should check out this julienne slicer – it makes the slicing so easy and quick! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalia
    May 17, 2015

    Natasha – I make a slightly different version of this recipe in which I add a Tbs of mayonnaise. I like your idea of adding apples, something I don’t do. Can’t wait to try your version, which seems healthier. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 17, 2015

      Thanks for sharing that with me and I hope you love this version! I think it would still taste great with a little mayo added. Reply

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