This harissa carrot salad makes the perfect side dish this summer. It's great with barbecued food as well as with other salads or in sandwiches. It's healthy, hot and spicy as well as dairy free and vegan.
I have to admit to having a slight love affair with harissa. I just can't resist it and have been using it in so many recipes recently. It's great as a salad dressing, in a marinade as well as just dolloped on the side of the plate. I love it so much that harissa has become a very regular item on my shopping list.
Harissa goes brilliantly with carrots!
One of the vegetables that I feel goes brilliantly with harissa is carrots. In this carrot salad the sweetness of the freshly grated carrots along with the heat of the harissa is a perfect pairing. I also love to add some sliced onion and lemon juice. It is DELICIOUS!
It only has 4 main ingredients which makes it such a simple side dish to make. I don't know about you but these are ingredients which I almost always have at home so I don't even need to go shopping to make it. It's the kind of side salad I can make if I'm running out of food but still want to whip up something tasty. By the way, if you like spicy carrot recipes then do check out my air fryer carrot salad as well.
What ingredients do you need for harissa carrot salad?
To make this simple harissa carrot salad you'll need:
- A lemon - I prefer to use a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice out but if you need to you can get away with using bottled lemon juice in this recipe because of the strength of the harissa
- Seasoning - I add just a little salt. You could also add a little black pepper.
- Onion - You can use a red or brown onion for this recipe
- Harissa - Use your favourite brand. I use rose harissa but any harissa will be great.
How to make harissa carrot salad
There is a full recipe card further down the post but it is a very simple recipe. Basically you need to prepare the onions first. Slice them thinly and squeeze over the lemon juice. This lightly pickles the onion and stops the flavour from being quite so harsh.
Then mix everything together. Taste and add extra harissa or lemon juice if you feel it needs it.
How can you adapt the recipe?
You could add extra ingredients to the basic salad. Why not add some thinly sliced red or white cabbage? Or use spring onions instead of ordinary onions? How about a few radishes?
I kept this recipe vegan but I quite often stir a spoonful of yoghurt and harissa into a coleslaw and you could do exactly the same here. Or even just harissa and mayonnaise.
Sometimes salads keep better without the dressing and often at home I make a basic grated carrot and cabbage salad and then everyone can add whatever dressing they want to the portion on their plate.
If you don't have any lemons, then use vinegar. Cider vinegar, white wine or red wine vinegar are all great as substitutes.
What to serve with harissa carrot salad?
This harissa carrot salad is a great side dish. It's ideal for keeping in the fridge and serving as a simple side dish with all kinds of grilled meats, tarts and quiches. It's delicious with a bbq meal or as part of a buffet meal too.
A great salad for preparing in bulk
I hate food waste and always try to use up everything I've bought. With this carrot salad recipe you can make a larger batch and it keeps well in the fridge for about three days.
I always try to cook (or prepare in this case!) in batches. It makes life so much easier and means I have more time for other things if I've already got a fantastic meal with leftovers waiting in the fridge. If you'd like more Cook Once Eat Twice recipe inspiration then do visit my recipe collection.
More harissa recipes
I cannot get enough of harissa recipes and here are just a few that you can find here on Searching for Spice:
- Harissa Chicken Traybake
- Harissa Marinated Lamb Salad
- Roasted Vegetable and Harissa Pasta
- Spicy Margherita Pizza
Harissa Carrot Salad
- 1 lemon juiced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 small onion peeled and sliced
- 260 g carrot grated
- 1 tablespoon harissa
- Put the lemon juice and salt in a bowl and add the onions. Stir them around and leave for 10 minutes.
- Grate the carrots coarsely and put in a bowl. Add the harissa and the onions along with the lemon juice they were in. Stir well. Serve.
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