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Carrot Salad with Cumin & Cranberry Recipe

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Ok, so hear me out – it may not be immediately clear why carrot, cumin, and cranberry are complementary ingredients for a  carrot salad, but let me tell you, this not-so-ordinary fusion of ingredients is extraordinary!  It’ll be your next go-to salad recipe.

What’s so good about carrots?

Carrots, the star of this salad, offer a sweet and crunchy base. They are naturally vibrant, both in color and taste, creating a beautiful visual appeal and a healthful twist to your carrot salad. Loaded with beta-carotene, carrots deliver a delightful earthiness that perfectly harmonizes with the other flavor notes in this carrot salad.

Why cumin?

Cumin is one of my favorite spices!  No seriously, just search “cumin” on this site and you’ll undoubtedly see a ton of recipes.   Cumin is a commonly used spice in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines and takes the salad to a new level. This nutty spice, with its slightly bitter undertone, complements the sweetness of the carrots. It adds a warm, almost exotic, depth to the salad recipe so each bite is a culinary adventure, not a mere side dish.

And if you’re confident with cumin, you may also want to explore using curry powder instead in this recipe.  The curry adds a slight bit of spice/heat which is a great note to offset and complement sweet notes.

And don’t forget the tartness…

Cranberries provide the perfect tangy-sweet contrast. When dried and tossed into the carrot salad, they offer a burst of tartness that cuts through the sweetness of the carrots and the warm tones of cumin.  Plus their rich antioxidant content is a bonus for health-conscious individuals!

Revamping your carrot salad – or any salad – with this powerful trio of ingredients results in a crowd pleasing dish! This is not just a mere salad; rather, it’s a journey of flavors that tickles your taste buds while nourishing your body.

So, say goodbye to your ordinary carrot salad and say hello to this flavor-packed recipe that is about to redefine what you think about a carrot salad.

Carrot Salad with Cumin & Cranberry Recipe


5 Servings
* Optional Substitution Note
  • Dressing
    • juice from 1 orange or 2 limes (or use 1/2 half from each)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • s & p to taste
  • 4 large carrots, julienned (or matchsticks)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • s & p to taste


Step 1

Whisk together the ingredients for the salad and set aside.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

Step 2

Use a julienne peeler to create strips/noodles of carrot for the salad.  You will need a julienne peeler to do this or a mandolin with a julienne attachment.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

Alternatively, you can just replace the strips with 4 cups of matchstick carrots.  Add the carrot to a large mixing bowl.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

Step 3

Drizzle on the dressing.  Use your hands to gently toss the carrot in the dressing.  The citrus will marinate and help wilt/soften the carrot.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

Step 4

Add the cranberries and parsley to the bowl.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

Step 5

Serve and enjoy immediately while cold.

Carrot, Cumin & Cranberry Salad

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  1. Jul 07 2023

    Good comments from friends regarding this carrot/cumin/cranberry salad ! I’m going to try it tonight.


Prep 10min
Total 10min
# of servings5

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!