Are you looking for a new snack idea for your kids? If you’re looking to switch up snack time or add some more vegetables to your child’s plate, this snack idea is for you. Carrot salad might not sound appetizing at first, but there are so many possibilities with this simple snack idea.

Raw Carrot Benefits

One thing we love about the carrot salad is that it is a snack you can feel good about! Carrots are full of health benefits. They contain potassium, Vitamin C, as well as several B vitamins. The Vitamin A in carrots promotes eye health and vision. This vegetable also contains antioxidants. Eating carrots can reduce constipation and regulate bowel movements, thanks to the fiber they contain.

How to Make a Carrot Salad

Making a raw carrot salad is super easy. You’ll start with large carrots (not baby carrots). Once you’ve washed them, use a peeler to cut the carrots into ribbons. Alternatively, you can use a cheese grater to grate the carrot into shreds. The carrots are the main components of your salad.

Once the carrots are prepped, you can create your salad by adding a few simple ingredients. For a tangy carrot salad, add a splash of apple cider vinegar. For a sweeter carrot salad, add some honey and lemon juice. To add texture to your salad, chop up some apples or throw in some craisins.

Here are a few carrot salad variations to check out for inspiration:

Snack Prep

One of the best things about carrot salad is that it is easy to prep the ingredients ahead of time to have on hand all week. Simply shred your carrots in advance and store them in the fridge to keep them fresh. If you prefer one type of carrot salad, then you can go ahead and mix it together in advance. But if you like to switch your recipe up, just have the carrots ready to go. Then you have the flexibility to enjoy different carrot salads throughout the week—you could even just enjoy the shredded carrots alone.

Picky Eater Tip

If you already know that your child doesn’t like carrots, don’t count this snack idea out too soon. Trying the same food in multiple ways can result in liking a food you haven’t previously enjoyed. Who knows, maybe your child who doesn’t like cooked carrots will love carrot ribbons drizzled with lemon juice!