Russian-carrot-salad

This Russian carrot salad (also known as Korean Russian salad) is succulent, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned! Shredded carrots are tossed in a delicious coriander vinaigrette creating a staple Russian Carrot Salad to have any time of the year!

Coriander and garlic are key ingredients in creating an authentic Russian carrot salad. Although still possible without the coriander spice like in this Russian carrot salad, coriander is common in most recipes. This recipe has the perfect amount of garlic, (not too overpowering) and a delicious coriander vinaigrette dressing that with juice up your carrots in an amazingly delicious way! I couldn’t stop munching on it during the photo shoot, it was so good but mashed potatoes make one of the best sides if I were to choose! And the best part of this salad is that you can serve this immediately after making it!

 

Why is Russian Carrot Salad also referred to as Korean Carrot salad?

Apparently Koreans immigrated to Russia back in the 1860s and probably came to a carrot salad between the two cultures, not sure how it happened but many Slavic people refer a carrot salad to Korean carrots, (maybe it’s the coriander?)

What can I serve with Russian carrot salad?

There are many dishes that can go with this Russian carrot salad as the vinaigrette based dressing can be pretty versatile. Mashed potatoes would be my ultimate pick but here are some ideas:

 

Do you have to heat the oil for the carrot salad dressing?

It depends on what texture you prefer your carrots. Heating the oil is supposed to work as a tenderizer as it slightly wilts the raw carrots. Not heating the oil can result in a harder carrot texture.

Is a Russian carrot salad really spicy?

It shouldn’t be too spicy if you use the ingredients in moderation. This Russian carrot salad is perfectly balanced and has a hint of heat from the garlic and black pepper but nothing overwhelming.    To make it milder just decrease the garlic and pepper and to make it spicier increase the two ingredients.

 

How do you make the carrots stringy in Russian carrot salads?

It is a mandoline slicer that creates long thin pieces. This shredding technique is also referred to julienning carrots but that is how to get stringy carrots, a box grater won’t do it.

 

Russian-Carrot-Salad

 

Ingredients for Russian Carrot Salad:
  • 2 lbs carrots, (about 8 or 9 carrots peeled and washed)
  • 3 TBSP distilled white vinegar
  • 9 little cloves of garlic, crushed (or 5 large cloves)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of oil (vegetable, canola, or soybean oil is preferred)

 

How to make Russian Carrot salad:
  1. In a large bowl, julienne carrots using a mandoline slicer.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT for the oil, and toss everything together.
  3. In a small saucepan heat the oil over high heat until oil gets smokey (about 5 minutes.)
  4. Pour over carrots and toss to coat. Serve immediately or marinade in the fridge before serving.

 

Russian Carrot Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This Russian carrot salad (also known as Korean Russian salad) is succulent, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned! Shredded carrots are tossed in a delicious coriander vinaigrette creating a staple Russian Carrot Salad to have any time of the year!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs carrots (about 8 or 9 carrots peeled and washed)
  • 3 TBSP distilled white vinegar
  • 9 little cloves of garlic crushed (or 5 large cloves)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of oil vegetable, canola or soybean oil is preferred

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, julienne carrots using a mandoline slicer.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT for the oil and toss everything together.
  • In a small saucepan heat the oil over high heat until oil gets smokey (about 5 minutes.)
  • Pour over carrots and toss to coat. Serve immediately or marinade in the fridge before serving.

 

 

 

 

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    • Dawn

    This recipe take carrots to an extraordinary level! Beautiful copy cat our our Russian grocery carrots. I have been trying to recreate them for a while now. Thank you!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      I’m so glad to hear, Dawn! Did you make this on Pinterest I think I saw it there! Thanks for sharing!

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