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TikTok Carrot Salad

This TikTok carrot salad is full of zesty flavor, and it’s incredibly simple. Strips of sweet carrots are seasoned with simple seasonings and lime juice for a simple side that’s light, flavorful, and healthy. 

I love getting creative with vegetables, and that’s why I love this simple carrot salad recipe. I, like so many of you out there, found it on TikTok, and after making it several times, I know why it went viral. It’s delicious! I love to make this recipe as a side for any main dish of beef, pork, or chicken. The sweetness of the carrots and the zing of the spices, vinegar, and oil make it an ideal side for almost anything, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s super easy to make! 


TikTok Carrot Salad

This delicious carrot salad starts with fresh carrots cut into strips.  You choose if they’re thin or thick – both work. Then, I toss it with seasme oil, rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame seed, flaky sea salt, black pepper, and lime juice for a sweet and tangy finish. I’ll also add some fish sauce from time to time. That’s all there is to it! I get a ton of flavor in this simple side dish without a ton of work, and that’s always the best combo! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only takes a handful of simple ingredients. 
  • It’s an incredibly easy recipe that comes together in minutes. 
  • It’s a delicious, versatile dish that pairs well with almost anything. 


With just a handful of simple ingredients, this recipe is one quick trip to the grocery store away from being on your table! Be sure to check the recipe card at then end of the post for the exact amounts you’ll need. 

  • Medium carrots – cleaned and peeled
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Lime juice
  • Fish sauce – optional, you can also use vegan fish sauce  or leave out.











How to Make TikTok Carrot Salad

Making this recipe is a breeze. It only takes a couple of steps. No, really. It literally takes 2 steps. 

Step 1: Prep the Carrots

Peel the carrots with a vegetable peeler. Then, use the peeler to cut the carrots into long strips as thick or as thin as you like over a mixing bowl. 

Step 2: Make the Carrot Salad

Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl and toss to combine. Enjoy! 

Substitutions and Variations

  • For a different texture, use pre-shredded carrots. 
  • Use a coleslaw mix in place of carrots for zesty coleslaw. 
  • You can use lemon juice in place of lime juice. 
  • In place of fish sauce, you can use soy sauce, stock of choice, hoisin sauce, or vegetarian fish sauce.



Refrigerator: Store for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. 

Freezer: Store for up to 2 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag. 

Make ahead: Prepare the carrots and mix the dressing ingredients up to a day before serving. Then, remove them from the refrigerator, bring them to room temperature, mix, and serve. It can be served cold, as well. 

What to Serve with Carrot Salad

This sweet and tangy dish can be served alongside almost any of your favorite main dishes. Some of my favorite pairings include:


  • Peel off your carrot strips over the mixing bowl to make things easier. 
  • A sharp vegetable peeler is crucial for even strips. 
  • Freshly-squeezed lime juice produces the best flavor. 

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What is carrot salad?

Carrot salad is a vegetable salad made with shredded carrots and a sauce as a base. They can have other ingredients like fruits added, and their sauce can be a light, vinegar-based sauce or a creamy sauce, depending on the region. 

What temperature should carrot salad be? 

Carrot salad can be served at room temperature, cold, or hot. 

Is carrot salad healthy? 

This carrot salad is very healthy. It uses an oil and vinegar blend for the dressing instead of a creamy base, so it’s light, flavorful, and healthy. 

TikTok Carrot Salad

This TikTok carrot salad is simple, delicious, and healthy. It’s the trifecta! Whip up a batch, and get ready to fall in love. Its simple ingredients come together to create a salad that’s loaded with complex flavors and so good with almost anything. 




Print recipe below

TikTok Carrot Salad

This TikTok carrot salad is full of zesty flavor, and it's incredibly simple. Strips of sweet carrots are seasoned with simple seasonings and lime juice for a simple side that's light, flavorful, and healthy. 

Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword Carrot, Carrot Salad, Carrots, TikTok
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Pam


  • 3 raw carrots
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce, this is optional, you can use vegan fish sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce. Or leave out.
  • 1/2 of a lime, juiced
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, regular or toasted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds, plain or toasted
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, this is optional


  1. 1. Rinse carrots under cold water. Use a vegetable peeler to take off outer peel. Then, with the vegetable peeler, make long strips. Do this over a mixing bowl.

    2. Add all the listed ingredients( except the sesame seeds, salt and pepper) into the bowl over the carrots. Gently mix to combine and coat the carrot strips.

    3. Add the salt to taste along with the ground pepper. Toss the sesame seeds over the carrot salad and toss gently. Add more on top if you want. That's it! Enjoy!!




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