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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  • chantel
    April 23, 2015

    This sounds so good, but do you have a suggestion for a substitute for the sunflower oil? Im allergic to it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 23, 2015

      You can use a mild olive oil instead. It won’t have quite the same flavor, but it will still work well 🙂 Reply

  • Natalia
    January 27, 2015

    I make a similar salad but instead of the oil I add mayonnaise – it’s to die for & we usually pair it with the Easter Ham. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2015

      I’m a big fan of mayo salads too. It’s hard not to be if you have Slavic roots 😉 Reply

    • Tatiana
      May 11, 2015

      My mom always used sour cream instead of mayo. The tangy flavor is great with the sweetness of the carrot and apple. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        May 11, 2015

        Oooh I love that idea! I’ll have to give it a whirl! 🙂 Reply

        • Tatiana
          May 11, 2015

          Yes, smetana was always an ingredient in any salad in our house – carrot salad, potato salad, jello molds, you name it! 🙂 Reply

  • November 19, 2014

    This looks so delicious with such bright colors and fresh flavors! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 19, 2014

      Thanks so much Jeni 🙂 Reply

  • Violet
    November 17, 2014

    This looks great! I am an American currently living/working in Ukraine with my fiance and I love your website because you have authentic dishes with English instructions! I am always at a loss as to making salads here, especially in wintertime, because most American salads are lettuce based, and I’m from California originally so the idea of vegetables not being available 24/7 is still something I am adjusting to. 🙂 I will definitely try this one though! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2014

      Hi Violet; that’s a great point! I hope you love this salad 🙂 Reply

  • November 16, 2014

    Sometimes, I forget about carrots! Carrots make such great salads! Thanks for this colorful salad! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2014

      And they’re sweet! It’s one of the few veggies my son will eat raw! Thanks Julia 🙂 Reply

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