Simple Carrot Salad

Simple Carrot Salad

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This Simple Carrot Salad is typically what is served with South African Indian dishes. Growing up I remember my mum either making a Tomato, Cucumber and Chilli Sambal or it was this Carrot Salad as our side dish or accompaniment to our curries.

Simple Carrot Salad

Carrot salad in a bowl with chilli at the back right and green leaves on the left

You can imagine I wasn’t a huge fan then but now I eat almost any vegetable. Not that there’s many vegetables that goes into this salad.

This salad is also a great accompaniment to the famous bunny chow we eat here in South Africa.  Today I made my hubby a Prawn and Potato Curry bunny chow and he was so chuffed.

I even baked him a fresh loaf of homemade Bread, he’s so lucky to have a wife like me…haha! 

Simple Salad with not much instructions

I know this salad is so simple and you will probably wonder if I am crazy even posting it. However, not everyone knows all our simple secrets.

If you’re making a bunny chow at some stage trust me you are going to need this salad recipe. My Carrot Salad is a little different in that I pickle my onions before adding it to the salad.

My cousin, who lives in Perth, gave me this little idea and I love it. I have such fond memories of my cousin whilst growing up. We all lived in a big communal home with my uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was a cook of note, since she was a little girl. I remember her asking us to go “steal” a tomato or an onion from our mum’s kitchen and she would get other ingredients and she would light a fire outside and use her miniature pots to cook us a dish.

I cannot even remember all the details of what she cooked but I remember it all tasted delicious. Our childhood was so different, I remember splashing in bubble bath in a huge abandoned bath outside our home. 

Waiting for the ice-cream truck on a Saturday and my late uncle would buy us all ice-cream. Our once a week treat. Every weekend we walked to the corner cafe with my cousins to get snacks and drinks for our picnics in the backyard.

I remember visiting a grand aunt, that lived down the road, regularly and we ate freshly picked apples from her tree. Those were the best days of our lives, so carefree and happy. How I wish my kids could experience more of what I experienced as a child. 

I hope you do try this easy Carrot Salad Recipe. If you do please drop me a comment, it is always appreciated.

Some Indian dishes that pairs perfectly with this salad:

Durban Lamb Curry

Sugar Bean Curry

Vegetable Biryani


Carrot Salad

Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword carrot salad, indian salad, side dish, simple carrot salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • coriander
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt


  • Thinly slice the onion and chop the green chilli. Mix the vinegar and sugar in a glass bowl or jar and soak the onion and chilli for about 30 minutes or until ready to serve the salad
  • Peel and grate the carrot. You can use a box grater or use a food processor
  • Chop the cucumber into cubes or however you wish to cut it
  • Drain the vinegar from the chilli and onion and toss all the ingredients together. Season with some salt
  • Add some chopped coriander to the salad. Serve with your favorite Indian dish


  1. Although here in South Africa we do not add nuts to our Carrot Salad, you can add some peanuts to it if you wish
  2. My mum also added some chopped iceberg lettuce to her salad just before serving, if you wish you can add some lettuce to the salad


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